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Marine Pollution

Ocean Cleanups - Beach Cleanups - Plastic pollution - Pollution of the sea - Marine debris - Ocean debris - Ghost fishing - Ocean debris recycling - Redesigning plastic - Cleanup technology - Chemical pollution - Ocean noise pollution - Water quality - Water protection



4Ocean manufactures and sells bracelets made from recycled materials, as well as apparel and water bottles. The company uses a portion of the profits to remove one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines for each bracelet that is sold in an effort to clean up plastic pollution in oceans. Now operating in several countries around the world, 4Ocean employs people to collect trash from the ocean and beaches, and organises beach cleanups by volunteers. It is an award-winning company, gaining recognition for its entrepreneurial success. They are currently at work in Bali and Java, Indonesia; Haiti; Guatemala and Hawaii, USA. In addition, they have created The 4Ocean Learning Center as a resource 'for teachers, students, businesses, and any ocean enthusiast who wants to learn more about the ocean plastic crisis and be part of the solution to plastic pollution.'



ATMEC is a marine science focused initiative by Love Wildlife Foundation, aimed at providing education in marine biology and ecology to students of all ages. ATMEC also prioritises conducting original research and conservation projects, in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, in the Gulf of Thailand. The field station is based at Koh Mun Nai, Rayong. Current research projects include studying coral spawning and recruitment, investigating several new species of marine invertebrates, assessing threats to coral reefs from sedimentation to discarded fishing gear, and much more. Education includes dive training, marine ecology courses, and internships.

Algalita Marine Research Foundation


AMRF is dedicated to the preservation of the marine environment, specifically to the problem of plastic pollution. Algalita was the first to spearhead the research methodology for collecting and analyzing micro/macroplastic samples from the ocean. Since Captain Moore's 1997 discovery of the 'plastic soup' in the North Pacific Gyre, AMRF have continued collecting samples through multiple expeditions in the North Pacific and around the world, including in the Southern Hemisphere in Chile and the South Pacific. Their current focus is on youth education.

Ambiente Europeo


AAE works to inform and mobilize a 'culture of sustainability that reduces the amount of garbage that reaches our seas'. Based in Spain, they achieve this via a variety of communications platforms including the media, via networking with hundreds of organizations which organize coastal and beach cleanups, and promoting citizen science, to increase awareness of the problem of marine plastic pollution. Their website includes a database in which an analysis of the type of debris collected can be found.

Aquarius Systems


Aquarius Systems is an engineering company which designs equipment for surface water management, with the stated goal 'to make waterways usable and enjoyable. Aquatic weed harvesters, trash skimmer boats, amphibious excavators, aquatic weed cutters and a variety of support equipment will help reclaim lakes, rivers and reservoirs from the unwanted vegetation and floating debris that negatively impact recreation and navigation.'. Their Trash Hunter is designed to collect 'unwanted debris from harbours, rivers and other waterways. The skimmer boats can easily retrieve a wide variety of manmade and organic floating debris including plastic trash, tires, branches and logs.' The Trash Hunter is an example of a debris skimmer, manned technology currently used in lakes and bays to remove debris or weeds cluttering the water. They typically use a belt conveyor, mechanized grabbers, and water jets to direct debris to storage.

Arctic Marine Conservation Crew


AMCC is an organization based in Iceland that works towards marine conservation. Through its solution-based and scientific approach, AMCC aims to lead by example and encourage, inform and educate the public on the necessary steps to take. They are included in the Nordic Coastal Cleanup network.



Ark2030 is on a mission 'to restore the 500 million hectares of ecosystems destroyed by mankind since the beginning of the industrial revolution'. A strategic and collaborative approach, working with specialist partners around the world, Ark2030 has developed funding models for environmental restoration programmes. They invest in the companies that are working to restore the natural world. Included in their sights are: Cleaning up the Ganges, restoring the global whale population, targeting plastic pollution in the oceans and on land, improving island eco-systems, developing mangrove plantations, protecting and restoring the Great Barrier Reef and other coral restoration programmes such as Coralive's Maldives project.

Asociacion Espanola de Basuras Marinas


The Spanish Association of Marine Waste (AEBAM) promotes, disseminates and awareness about the impact of waste in marine environments.

Asociacion Vertidos Cero


Based in Spain, the main objective of the Zero Waste Association is to serve as a platform for research, training, dissemination and action on all aspects related to the prevention, minimization and elimination of waste, enhancing social awareness and promoting participation to advance towards sustainable development. The association was formed by a group of environmental professionals concerned about the impact of waste on the environment.



Azul is a grassroots organization with the aim of involving people of Latino background to ocean conservation, specifically with the aim to engage the community in protecting coastal resources and marine life. Amongst their successes is a ban on shark fins and also a ban on single use plastic bags in California.

Bahamas Plastic Movement


Founded by Bahamas-native Kristal Ambrose, the Bahamas Plastic Movement's goal is to make the region free of plastic debris using research, education, citizen science, and policy change. The mission of the movement is to build a community of education and activism around plastic pollution. Launched in 2014, the movement conducts plastic education campus encourages people to join the programme by adopting a beach etc.


Indonesia and Germany

BandaSEA eV is a non-profit association based in Bonn. Their goal is to protect the underwater world of the Banda Sea in Indonesia by working with the local population of the Banda Islands to find solutions to problems such as plastic waste and overfishing. The area has extremely rich marine life, including superb coral reefs. Since 2012, the main focus of BandSea has been on preventing plastic waste from threatening these sensitive ecosystems. At the same time, they work with local organizations in support of the establishment of marine protected areas in the area.

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