An enormous floating device designed by Dutch scientists for the non-profit Ocean Cleanup successfully captured and removedplasticfrom the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the company announced Wednesday, asCNNreported.
Ocean Cleanup has been hard at work on creating a device to attack the plastic waste crisis for seven years, by creating a device that captures plastic in its fold like a giant arm, according toBusiness Insider. The company announced that it was able to capture and hold debris ranging from large cartons, crates and abandoned fishing gear —or “ghosts nets,” which are a scourge to marine life— to microplastics that are as small as one millimeter, according to an Ocean Cleanuppress release.
“Today, I am very proud to share with you that we are now catching plastics,” Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat said at a news conference in Rotterdam, asCNNreported.
The system’s success in capturing microplastics came as a welcome surprise since microplastics tend to fall to theoceanfloor rather than float on the surface, according to thepress release. Since microplasitcs tend to sink, Ocean Cleanup focused on large pieces of plastic.
Slat posted a picture on Twitter of collected debris along side a forsaken wheel.
“Our ocean cleanup system is now finally catching plastic, from one-ton ghost nets to tiny microplastics! Also, anyone missing a wheel?” Slat wrote.
Our ocean cleanup system is now finally catching plastic, from one-ton ghost nets to tiny microplastics!
The Ocean Cleanup device is a U-shaped barrier that drops a net below the surface. As the current moves, the net traps faster moving objects that float into it. Fish, however, are able to swim beneath it, according toCNN.
Slat first presented the concept of a giant barrier near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in aTEDx talkwhen he was 18 years old. But the project has been slowed by some spectacular failures that Slat and his team learned from. Last year, a design flaw stopped the barrier from holding onto the plastic it captured and a 59-foot section of the barrier disconnected from the device. In its next attempt, the design team noticed that plastic was floating over the top of a cork line that was supposed to stabilize the system, asBusiness Insiderreported.
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