When you picture the Caribbean, you probably imagine pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters; however, there is a darker side that most people do not know about. Ocean plastic pollution is a serious problem for a lot of islands in the region. Many of them simply do not have the local infrastructure and resources to deal with the waste that is produced. Once it makes its way into the ocean, prevailing winds and ocean currents can stack this rubbish on the beaches a meter high. This is what led us to Haiti and now we have a full-time cleanup operation on the island to help stem the flow of plastic and other trash into the ocean. With more than 80 individuals working to clean the ocean and coastlines 7 days a week, 4ocean is removing tens of thousands of pounds per month from this area. Check out this awesome video about the operation.
Haiti may also be the first destination for the 4ocean Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel. With the ability to target high-impact areas like river mouths, the OPR Vessel is likely going to be a game-changer for the region. The vessel can hold up to 310,000 pounds on her deck so being in remote locations to gather plastic shouldn't be a problem. Bringing this plastic back to our facility where we can weigh, sort and prepare it for recycling is the next step in the process. Finally, the plastic is formed into recycled plastic flake, pellets, or cord for reuse.
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Founded in 1996 by Dr. Amanda Vincent and Dr. Heather Koldewey, Project Seahorse aims to secure a world where marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed. Their focus on saving seahorses, securing the world's shallow seas, and training conservationists to continue this important work is what they're all about. Check out some more of the great work they are doing inside.
From plastic rain to the world's largest beach cleanup to an ambitious plan to phase out single-use plastics, we've scoured the headlines for the newest and most noteworthy stories related to the ocean plastic crisis. Let's take a look inside.
Seahorses are one of the most endearing, mystical, and beloved of all marine animals. Their strange shapes, vastly different appearances, and unique locomotion have mystified humans for centuries. To this day, however, our base of knowledge surrounding these amazing creatures is still relatively limited and we are just now really beginning to understand the depths of their existence. Read on to learn more about seahorses and the many threats they face.