Recently when scrolling through Facebook I saw this awesome invention called the Seabin. It was invented by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinkski. While writing this post their website is currently under construction, but I’m sure it will be up and running again soon!
The Seabin is an ocean-cleaning device that is super simple and effective! It can be installed at any dock and is designed to suck up any sort of trash or oil that is floating nearby.
It’s basically a bucket that connects to a water pump and sucks in any floating trash inside a removable mesh bag. All you have to do is check the bag either daily or weekly depending on how much trash you estimate is floating around that area. There is also an optional separator system inside the pump that can remove oil and detergents from the seawater before spitting it back into the ocean through the other side of the pump.
What I want to know is why someone didn’t think of this sooner?? You skim your pool and filter your fish tanks, why can’t we do the same thing for the ocean? Oh, wait, we can!
This could be part of a larger solution to the problem that is ocean pollution. It might not be a solution that will fix the problem in about 10 years, but it is something that harbors can start to use to clean our oceans now.
This will mainly affect animals that live closer to the shore such as fish, maybe some turtles, fish that fly overhead, and also any sort of crustaceans living at the bottom of the ocean. Thinking more about that and the Seabin design, it can only prevent pollution in the ocean. Any of that trash that is already at the bottom of the ocean will be stuck there because the sea bin is at the top of the water.
So I guess now we have to ask ourselves: will anything really be the solution to ocean pollution? Or can we only prevent it from getting worse? These are questions I would like to explore while writing this blog.