Cleaning Up Our Beaches and Oceans

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 3:53 PM


               Beach and Ocean pollution is a continuing problem on our planet.  Animals can become sick and trapped diminishing populations.  This effect marine ecosystems as well as the seafood, making some things toxic to eat.  Not to mention, it makes beaches unpleasant to visit and look at.  But what's being done?  So far there have been efforts to pick up trash from beaches and we can help as well by not leaving behind our own waste on the beach and picking up any that might have been left behind by someone else.  The tricky part is cleaning up the oceans.  There have been three inventions that have really helped with this difficult process.

            This first invention was invented by Boyan Slat when he was 16 years old.  This was the start of The Ocean Cleanup which he founded at age 19.  Slat invented a floating barrier that uses the ocean's currents to collect garbage while still letting wildlife pass.  The next invention is the Seabin, invented by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, which is only suitable in calm waters and its main purpose is to clean up marine docks.  It uses a 110V or 220V water pump to collect around 1.5 kilograms of floating debris a day into a collection bag and costs about one U.S. dollar a day to power.  Technology has also been developed to allow for oil absorption by the Seabin.  The last invention is the SeaVax is a 160 feet long unmanned solar and wind powered vessel that uses sonar to detect garbage in the ocean and avoid harming marine life.  It sucks up garbage and compacts it.  The garbage it then either picked up out at sea or the SeaVax comes back to shore with the garbage to it can be properly recycled and disposed of.

            These inventions and beach cleanup will make an impact in cleaning up the oceans, but reducing the pollution in the first place starts with us.

 

The Ocean Cleanup Project

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The Seabin

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The SeaVax

The seavax model on the water

 

 

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