Marina Trash Skimmers
TACKLING MARINE DEBRIS WITH TECHNOLOGY
Removing debris is a big part of the solution, but some of the problem requires innovative technology. In 2016 we launched the Marina Trash Skimmers Project funded by 11th Hour Racing for tackling the growing epidemic of water pollution and marine debris via the Marina Trash Skimmer® (MTS). The MTS was invented by Louis Pasov in 2000 and designed exclusively for the removal of trash and pollutants at a commercial scale. This project strengthens and expands the current efforts for improving water quality and eliminating marine debris. The goal is to reduce the amount of marine debris in coastal waters, increase the recreational value of the waterfront, bring awareness to the types of re-accumulating debris, and promote environmental stewardship. Since 2016 the program has expanded with installations and plans as listed below. Please contact us if you would like to learn more and get involved.
Map of Marina Trash Skimmer locations
Overview of active efforts
Operations at eight locations in 2020 – With eight marina trash skimmers deployed from Maryland to Massachusetts, we have an excellent group of operators and partners working together to use the units for daily marine debris removal, and education and outreach events throughout the season. The units are deployed in April and are operational through late November, with seasonal storage from December to March.
Implementation of two skimmers in 2021 – With funding already in hand, we are poised to install two marina trash skimmers in the Northeast (New York to Maine) in the Spring of 2021 and have this completed by Earth Day. We are looking for locations that have a recurring marine debris problem, operators that can operate the unit daily, and partners who can perform education and outreach at the skimmer throughout the entire season.
Education and Outreach – Our education and outreach activities are aligned with our community scientist efforts so that a hands-on student-led experience can have the greatest chance of fostering environmentally responsible behaviors and promoting stewardship in our community via action. For complete information about education and outreach opportunities, please visit our education page.
Analytics and Reporting – Data becomes information and information becomes knowledge that informs our decision making to address the problem of marine debris. With results since 2016 we have amassed an insightful data set that empowers our organization. All of our data is available for the public and our annual Marina Trash Skimmers report can be found on our reports page.
Advocacy – Our main goal is to bring about systemic change is to connect the community with the environment, educating, inspiring, and empowering to foster environmentally responsible behaviors. However, some forms of marine debris will require advocacy and policy. For complete information please visit our advocacy action page.
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