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Environment Department tests new Seabin system

  • Each device has the ability to collect over half a tonne of floating debris per year

The Department of the Environment is currently testing the first Seabin system in the Small Boats Marina, with a view to reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the water. If effective, it is hoped that Seabins will be deployed in all Gibraltar's marinas.

The Seabin is a floating debris interception device that collects litter by drawing in water from the sea surface which then passes through a catch bag. Each device has the ability to collect over half a tonne of floating debris per year including microplastics that are up to two millimetres.

The department liaised closely with the Small Boats Marina committee to decide on the most effective location for the device, where it will not impede the manoeuvrability of any craft in the harbour.

Experts estimate that by 2025, the world's oceans will contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish, and that by 2050, the oceans will actually contain more plastic than fish. Initiatives like the deployment of Seabins are therefore useful to minimise human impact on the marine environment while ensuring that themarinas are kept clean.