2017 - Grant Awarded - £350

Tidal Bin Project

Researchers at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS), University of Portsmouth are developing a tidal net as a demonstrator project to show the feasibility of using tidal power to collect marine litter. The net will be fixed to a pontoon located within Langstone Harbour channel, Portsmouth. Langstone Harbour experiences a twice-daily tidal cycle, with every incoming tide marine litter is carried into the harbour and either deposited on the beach, or eventually settled on the sea bed. Our aim is to contribute towards removal of marine litter with a permanently fixed structure. Once the tidal bin has been installed and routine litter collections are in place, we will be able to profile the types of waste collected and use this as a means to direct a public engagement campaign to raise awareness of marine litter and plastic in our oceans. Researchers from IMS will conduct a public lecture, to promote marine conservation, and highlight the problem of marine waste and plastic in the oceans. We will use the tidal bin project and the litter collected to raise awareness of the types of waste/plastic found on our local shores and what the public can do to help reduce it.

Dr Elizabeth Clutton, University of Portsmouth, Institute of Marine Sciences

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