GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!
After four months of repairs and re-design, the Ocean Cleanup project is back at work. Not to be defeated, the creators of this cleanup endeavor are learning as they go, and expect their improved model to continue in its mission to clean up the Pacific Gyre.
Fitted with solar-powered lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas, the device intends to communicate its position at all times, allowing a support vessel to fish out the collected plastic every few months and transport it to dry land.
The plastic barrier with a tapered three metre deep (10ft deep) screen is intended to act like a coastline, trapping some of the 1.8tn pieces of plastic that scientists estimate are swirling in the patch while allowing marine life to safely swim beneath it. Read more…
It’s complicated, and there is no simple solution. While preventing plastics from entering the ocean in the first place is one crucial approach, there are several other programs under way to clean up the plastics that are already there. This article from The Guardian gives more information about several of those efforts underway.