Pollution app Eyesea has big plans to help save our oceans

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a floating ocean pollution dump spanning 1.6 million square kilometers | Source: Yachting World

Ghost nets are abandoned fishing nets that cause huge problems for shipping companies and harm marine wildlife that get caught in them and die. But global pollution mapping app Eyesea is the latest weapon in the fight to save the world’s oceans from the harmful practice of littering.

Every year, 14 million tons of plastic waste, one of the most harmful and least biodegradable forms of pollution, is dumped into the ocean. You may have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Bin, a 1.6 million square kilometer floating landfill in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

There are organizations such as the Netherlands-based non-profit organization The Ocean Cleanup that are trying to address the problems caused by the accumulation of waste in the world’s oceans. Although the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the best known, there are actually five major accumulations of ocean garbage in all of the oceans. These plates are called gyres and are formed by ocean currents and weather conditions. There are two in the Pacific, two in the Atlantic and one in the Indian Ocean.

Besides greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of the seabed, the dumping of waste, especially plastic, is one of the most harmful ways humanity is slowly destroying the oceans. According to Deloitte, the annual economic costs due to marine plastic pollution are estimated to be between 8 and 27 billion Australian dollars.

Hope for the future of the planet’s oceans and waterways comes in the form of an app called Eyesea. The non-profit organization was launched in December 2020 and began its long mission of cleaning up the world’s oceans by gaining traction in the shipping industry, where insurance companies are very interested in reducing risk. that ghost nets get tangled in huge container ships and oil. tanker propellers.

When these discarded fishing nets, some of them miles long, end up wrapping around a ship’s propeller, the potential damage to the distressed ship from collision with other ships in lanes of boating or even running aground or hitting an underwater obstacle are huge, and insurance companies have a vested interest in avoiding the disruptive event.

The app allows users to geotag litter areas in the oceans and on beaches, they take a picture of the pollution and other app users can see where the pollution is, collect it and mark it as having been recovered. The non-profit organization Eyesea has partnered with maritime organisations, seafarers and more recently the yachting industry to grow its user base.

In January this year, Ocean Nova, which is ice-classed and operates near New Zealand, was the first cruise ship to start using the Eyesea app. One of its operators, Adventure Shipping, says the industry has been waiting for a cleanup initiative that capitalizes on the uniqueness of expedition cruising.

We are very happy to lead the way on an environmental issue that is so important to everyone who sails – both crew and passengers. Eyesea’s case is compelling, very few people have access to the parts of the world we visit and any data we can collect is critically important. With Ocean Nova’s ice class, maneuverability and highly experienced crew, she often finds herself in waters rarely seen by other vessels. We think we can help.

Richard Del Valle, President of Adventure Shipping

Fraser Yacht Brokers became the premier yachting industry partners of the Eyesea organization. Their CEO, Raphael Sauleau is an Eyesea ambassador.

We will only overcome the greatest challenges by working with each other and taking tangible (even small) steps to make a real difference. There is a growing sense, backed by scientific evidence, that we are approaching a tipping point in protecting the oceans. Everyone I know in the maritime sector wants to do more, but the way forward is hard to define. Sustainability reports won’t save the oceans, but hopefully photos and maps can.

Raphael Sauleau, Eyesea Ambassador and CEO of Fraser Yachts

German clothing manufacturer GOT BAG has just joined companies such as German shipping company Hamburger-Lloyd and Norwegian company MPC Containerships in becoming a founding member of the organization. A network of 2,500 fishermen and people in Indonesia collect plastic and create pellets and GOT BAG then uses this material to make backpacks and other bags.

Each bag uses up to five kilograms of ocean plastic and GOT BAG is the first non-marine company to join the organization. Eyesea founder Graeme Somerville-Ryan said he was very happy to have the apparel company on board, saying the partnership will help Eyesea figure out what to do with the collected data and that GOT BAG has brought with them a thorough understanding of cleaning management, consumer awareness. , recycling and the circular economy.

Earlier this month, maritime businesses around the world celebrated World Oceans Day. The initiative has seen thousands of volunteers around the world donate their time to clean up beaches and oceans, aided by the Eyesea app.

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