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Gyre Cleanup Plan

Ocean sweeper boat, opens up in the front and collects garbage. These are currently being used in many bays in Asia.

 

The Gyre Cleanup Plan

Some say that cleaning up our mess in the ocean is an impossibility. We say that it’s an engineering challenge. We have faith in the human race’s ability to rise to this challenge.

ECC has become a magnet for innovation. Our “Can Do” philosophy is attracting ideas from kids to NASA scientists. Our clean up plan enlists collaboration amongst people and entities in related fields incorporating new cleanup technologies being created by engineering firms world wide. Our number one goal is to promote and develop ocean cleanup systems that can be implemented as soon as possible.

An early prototype of the P-Pod collection device (photo courtesy: Abundantseas.org)

First, the debris must be safely removed from the ocean with as little harm to existing marine life as is possible.

Some examples of possible collection processes are:

• “The P-Pod” 1st plastic collection device, from Abundant Seas Foundation,Jim Murosaka has said himself that; “This is a starting point to be improved upon. ” (For more information about the P-Pod:  http://abundantseas.org/ )

A Manta Trawl (photo courtesy: SeaPlex)

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• Manta Trawls are used by Scientists to collect zooplankton samples and are being used to collect plastic samples. (For more information about the Manta Trawl: http://5gyres.org/global_research)

It is possible to create a Modified Manta Trawl to retrieve smaller plastic bits in large quantity from the ocean and protect marine life by using a filter/screen at the entrance.

These innovations can be implemented very quickly with funding.

Once the plastic has been collected from the ocean, the following are just 3 sustainable solutions as to what to do with it.

1) Turning scrap plastic into structural lumber,  Better World Materials  http://www.bwmaterialsinc.com/

2) Turning plastic in fuel: http://jbiglobal.com/

3) Gasification: Has been approved by the California EPA to burn waste materials for electricity. http://www.gasification.org/

Other approaches:

• The Gyre Cleanup Contest invites the greatest minds from around the globe to answer the question: “How to remove plastic and toxins from our marine environment without damaging the marine life?”

• Working with nature to restore the oceans to optimal health.

• Plastic and chemicals entering our oceans is preventable.

• Launch education and awareness outreach campaigns.

• Direct and immediate actions.