The Ocean Cleanup develops technologies to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. The Ocean Cleanup’s goal is to fuel the world’s fight against oceanic plastic pollution by initiating the largest cleanup in history.
“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today.”
Boyan Slat, CEO & Founder of The Ocean Cleanup
Founded by Dutchman Boyan Slat, before he turned 20, The Ocean Cleanup successfully completed a record breaking crowd funding campaign in 2014. They raised over US$ 2 million of funds which they’ve been using to carry out research expeditions, such as the Mega Expedition, as well as develop technology that will be used to clean the oceans of plastic. The world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016.
The ocean is critical to ASA and it’s conservation is of great importance. As sailors, many of us have seen this plastic pollution first hand – whether it’s a plastic bottle floating in a lake or a mylar balloon out there in the ocean. This is a problem that is only going to get worse and The Ocean Cleanup have found the cure.
To ensure The Ocean Cleanup is successful ASA is helping raise awareness and support their efforts as much as possible. ASA provided media coverage of their most recent Mega Expedition, including having a correspondent onboard one of the research vessels broadcasting content from the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We encourage all our members to do their part, either by changing their habits and reducing the amount of plastic waste they produce or by donating to help The Ocean Cleanup become a success!
Latest News About The Ocean Cleanup
Ocean Hope: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup Has Begun!-The Ocean Cleanup project, headed by 24-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, has spent the last 5 years designing a U-shaped floating trawl to scour the sea for floating bits of plastic. The 600-meter long floater and attached skirt are designed to work passively with natural elements like currents and wind to follow the plastic’s path and trap it. The skirt creates a downward flow where fish and other wildlife can safely pass underneath it.
We Care-Sailors Can Truly Change The World In an impassioned meeting at the offices of the American Sailing Association, far from the concerns of sail trim or tacking angles, ASA Founder Lenny Shabes was speaking to a group of fellow educators and ASA board members. They were discussing pollution in the world’s oceans and waterways, specifically that of plastic, which makes up 80% of the debris in the ocean.
Sailing for Science-The Plastic Change organization is working to combat the problem of plastic pollution by understanding its origin and informing the process of prevention.
Boyan Slat Interview-ASA caught up with Boyan Slat last week to talk about how his large scale environmental project, The Ocean Cleanup, is progressing...
Ocean Cleanupdate!-Back in the spring, the ASA became involved in The Ocean Cleanup – an ambitious project devoted to ridding the world’s oceans of harmful plastic pollution.