A group of researchers are bike riding from the Vancouver Aquarium to Tijuana in Mexico to raise awareness about a floating island of garbage in the Pacific Ocean.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a swirling vortex of plastic soup in the central North Pacific Ocean. Researchers estimate its size is almost three times larger than Quebec, with about 80 per cent of the garbage coming from land sources. Aquatic wildlife often mistake the litter for food with fatal consequences.

Members of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation depart Vancouver on Saturday at noon for JUNKride 2009.