Nago’s GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

Nago's GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

Garbage found in the deep sea (Photograph provided by the JAMSTEC)


April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The International Ocean Environment Information Center (GODAC) located in Toyohara, Nago, released on April 3 a database including images and footage of deep-sea garbage (debris) in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on its internet site.

The GODAC says, “We would like everyone to make use of it for education for the environmental protection.”
The GODAC extracted garbage data from images and videos taken by the Japan Ocean Research and Development Organization (JAMSTEC)’s survey vessels and vehicles including submersibles, and classified the data by place and the type of garbage.

Six hundred and eighty of the 1672 images and videos are published. There are dozens of garbage images and videos found in the water near Okinawa.

Various types of garbage can be observed in the deep sea such as sandals at a depth of 713 meters in the Okinawa Trough and the head of a mannequin at the depth of 6280 meters in the Japan Trench.

The GODAC’s database is http://www.godac.jamstec.go.jp/catalog/dsdebris/j/index.html

(English translation by T&CT)

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