A huge floating machine built to clean up the waste like plastic from the ocean from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Ocean Cleanup declared that the system was able to catch and hold trash ranging from visible plastic waste to large abandoned fishing gear known as “ghost nets”—and even tiny microplastics as small as 1 millimeter.
The machine, which was invented by 25-year-old Dutch inventor and engineer Boyan Slat, consists of a huge line of cork floats holding a huge skirt that traps the garbage below.
Slat quoted in one of the statement:
“After beginning this journey seven years ago, this first year of testing in the unforgivable environment of the high seas strongly indicates that our vision is attainable and that the beginning of our mission to rid the ocean of plastic garbage, which has accumulated for decades, is within our sights.
Our team has remained steadfast in its determination to solve immense technical challenges to arrive at this point. Though we still have much more work to do, I am eternally grateful for the team’s commitment and dedication to the mission and look forward to continuing to the next phase of development.”
Launched from Vancouver in June, The major components of the high tech
System 001/B are solar-powered lights, sensors, cameras. The satellite antennae allows The Ocean Cleanup to keep tabs on it via GPS while also using a dedicated support vessel to collect the trapped plastic every few months before bringing it back to dry land.
System 001/B triggers a coastline and uses the ocean’s force to pick up the countless pieces of waste which are in the patch for prolonged time.
Aquatic creatures are more safe in clean environment. According to marine biologists who have tracked the system, no adverse environmental impact has resulted from the system’s deployment.
Slat tweeted that the system, along with its support vessel, is now in transit to port for a crew change and from October 17 will resume collecting garbage .
Researcher Charles Moore discovered in 1997, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has now grown to become the largest accumulation zone of plastic in the world’s ocean. According to CBS News, plastics are a leading cause of environmental devastation across the world, adding:
Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint.”
In the recent years, experts and conservationists have sounded the alarm over the plastics and micro-plastics that are inundating the world’s oceans and water supplies, leaching carcinogenic toxins and chemicals into the marine environment. In the meantime, plastic drink containers and trash used by fishers are trapping, confining, and ultimately killing marine wildlife such as birds and fish.
Plastic pollution has reached such massive proportions that an estimated 100 million tons of it can now be found in the world’s oceans, according to the UN, devastating such industries as tourism and fishing while embedding itself on all levels of the food chain. Between 80 and 90 percent of plastic waste in the ocean comes from land-based sources..
According to a report prepared for the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by 2050 it is estimated that plastic waste in the ocean will outweigh all fish.