When you picture the Caribbean, you probably imagine pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters; however, there is a darker side that most people do not know about. Ocean plastic pollution is a serious problem for a lot of islands in the region. Many of them simply do not have the local infrastructure and resources to deal with the waste that is produced. Once it makes its way into the ocean, prevailing winds and ocean currents can stack this rubbish on the beaches a meter high. This is what led us to Haiti and now we have a full-time cleanup operation on the island to help stem the flow of plastic and other trash into the ocean. With more than 80 individuals working to clean the ocean and coastlines 7 days a week, 4ocean is removing tens of thousands of pounds per month from this area. Check out this awesome video about the operation.
Haiti will also be the first destination for the 4ocean Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel. With the ability to target high-impact areas like river mouths, the OPR Vessel is likely going to be a game-changer for the region. The vessel can hold up to 310,000 pounds on her deck so being in remote locations to gather plastic shouldn't be a problem. Bringing this plastic back to our facility where we can weigh, sort and prepare it for recycling is the next step in the process. Finally, the plastic is formed into recycled plastic flake, pellets, or cord for reuse.
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Around the world, many species both on land and in the sea are facing the most important fight of their lives –– the one that could potentially be the final fight to exist on this planet. Today is Endangered Species Day and we want to recognize the peril of these iconic animals in hopes of bringing attention to their plight and call out some amazing work our non-profit partners are doing to save these creatures.
It was a chance meeting between a marketer and a famous musician that sparked the passion to change the future of the ocean and led to the creation of our partner organization, Ocean Conservancy®, a global force for ocean conservation. Check out some of the incredible programs they are involved in and find out who that famous musician was.
In early April 2019, the 4ocean team had the pleasure of attending the Coral Restoration Foundation™ "Raise the Reef" Gala to help support the amazing work they are doing to restore and protect coral reefs in the Florida Keys and around the world. It was a night of insight and inspiration that will ultimately lead to the type of immediate action we need to save these precious underwater ecosystems for future generations.