Partnering with the Turtle Conservation Centre in Sanur, Bali, OCG launched a cleanup operation to tackle plastic waste across a large stretch of densely populated Mangroves.
Known to host a wide variety of animal species including turtles, the Mangroves had become overridden with plastic waste, endangering wildlife.
For this operation, we utilized our new Ocean Cleanup Boat, specially equipped to launch and dock in difficult locations. This allowed us to seamlessly transport Cleanup Crew to and from the Mangroves.
Operating over two days, our crews worked hard to remove a combined 3,473 pounds of plastic. Plastic bags, bottles, and straws made up the majority.
To read more about our operations, visit blog.ocg.org
There are an estimated 270,000 tons of plastic floating on the surface of the ocean and according to a recent study authored by researchers at Plymouth University, a staggering 700 different marine species are threatened by its presence. More than this, researchers believe that plastic plays a role in rising rates of species extinction.