Coral Spawn or plastic micro beads. Can you tell the difference ?
WHERE OCEANS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS..........
What we at ORM would like to achieve is a suitable method for extracting waste from the oceans and processing the materials back in to reusable formats.
The Ocean is a living environment, that we are still learning about, but armed with the knowledge already gathered around the World, combined, ORM could advise the most suitable time and method for extraction, ensuring Turtles breed in safety, Corral spawn without interruptions, Whales migrate on existing routes. Along with this our first-hand knowledge (after the trial run) will help and assist with the future development of ocean waste proposals, and if necessary guidance, monitoring and even license granting?
However, whilst trialling the process we need to ascertain a procedure that ensures all future extractions follow strict guidelines and a particular set of rules that any operator has to prove worthiness, financial security, ability, backing (in the event of problems) and if necessary be given a license to continue.
Unfortunately its human nature that when combined with greed and "profits" rational and methodical planning goes out the window.
This can be major oil companies destroying forests to lay pipes and gain access to new sites, companies in the single press of a switch "murder” or maim millions of creatures when Fracking, habitats destroyed when digging for landfill or mining for minerals.
Forward planning is need; Governance, Legislation, Rules and Permission.
We at ORM (working with the IMO, WRI the Marine Conservation Society and other such organisation) want to put in place a department providing much needed data, resources along with the Governance, Legislation, Rules and Permission.
The world knows about the floating rubbish and the problems and issues around it. Plans are in place to stop, or at least slow down, the flow of waste (which has been predicted at over 8 million tons per year)! But what about the materials already in the Ocean?
ORM have developed a plan to remove these materials, at a profit. We have an established market place for Biomass fuel pellets, Granulated plastics and Pyrolysis oils. Billions, not millions, of dollars of raw materials just floating in the Ocean, and that's the problem!
ORM, an organised group of individuals with the necessary skill sets, education, organisation, practical hands on approach with structure.
Compassionate, understanding, caring and supportive.
All with a target and a common interest; to see the oceans clear of waste.
How do we combat a money and greed driven individual or company who can extract what they want, when they want, out of the World’s oceans and throw back what they don’t need.
How do we ensure the stranded seal caught in a net is not just "clubbed to death”
How do we ensure habitats that have evolved around amass rubbish are not destroyed.
How do we protect breeding and migrating patterns?
The on-board laboratory and data facility will broadcast vital data back to the mainland head office for staff to upload to the resource centre data base.
Through the collaboration of every marine conservation society or organisation, private companies or individuals. ORM plan to have the largest single point of access at our Marine Data Resource Hub.
Just as man took to the air the oceans are, and have been, used for transportation routes, and every year its getting more and more traffic.
Notable issues of marine life transference has been documented and in some instances with catastrophic results.
Any ship has a responsibility to ensure marine life has no or minimal impact when crossing the oceans.
Migration routes should not be interrupted.
Breeding grounds should be left undisturbed.
Spawning times should be avoided.
Areas damaged should be left to regenerate.
Only when we have the data combined with shipping routes can we help the oceans survive.
The IMO and various other agency's document ship derived pollutants, but routes used and the effects on marine life are currently minimal.
It may only take a different time or slightly different route plan to stop what could be a major disaster.
ORM wants to match existing shipping lane data with current marine life data to either establish any current issues, whilst help plan future route developments.
This research will run in conjunction with the management of waste operations in the ocean.
Not only has the waste had an effect on marine life but it has also provide an unusual habitat that in some cases must remain or be relocated- correctly!
Data from around the world can be stored for reference and constantly added to whilst being used for forward planning.
I think the efforts made by Ocean Clean up and the technology developed along with the "hands on, doing something about the problem" is fantastic.
I did try and warn Slat NOT to bring the waste a shore as that is when it starts to get expensive, plus why drag a 2 ton tree a shore or transport a million plastic bottles at huge costs when it can be processed at source (ie; a ship).
But then we also have the transference problems, added to this the potential for migratory routes or patterns being interrupted, spawning times, breading times, biological transference, pollutant movements'
I just dont know “if” its the correct way – perhaps time will tell. Containment yes, stop it spreading Slat or at least process it in a “secure location”
This is exactly why we need a plan, legislation and a set of directives.
Moving that amount of waste, along with any potential hazardous material, to shore, could have irrevocable reproductions, far beyond our current understanding.