1. Well first, let’s talk about what it’s not. It’s not a floating island of trash, like a garbage dump or a ___________.

2. Garbage patches are large areas of marine debris concentration that are formed by ___________ ocean currents called gyres - kind of like big whirlpools that suck things in.

3. A garbage patch is made up of tiny plastic pieces called “___________” that are less than 5 millimeters long.

4. People often ask why we can’t just scoop up all the marine debris in the ocean, and the answer is: ______________, it’s just not that simple.

5. The first challenge is the sheer size of these garbage patches. They’re huuuuuge! They’re ___________ moving with ocean currents.

6. And there’s debris from the ocean’s ___________ all the way down to the sea floor. Not to mention all the marine life we would disrupt if we tried to just scoop up debris.

7. So what can we do? Well, the ultimate solution is ___________ and we need to keep that as our highest priority.

8. We can reduce, reuse, and __________ to keep trash out of the ocean in the first place.

9. Because until we stop marine debris at the source, we’ll just be cleaning it up _________.