Project Guatemala Update: Boom Systems

⁠A containment boom is a temporary floating barrier used to contain debris. Containment booms are typically used for oil spills, but we’re testing them as an efficient way to capture marine debris. This is a relatively new concept that we’ve been trying at other 4ocean cleanup operations. ⁠⠀
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This boom system is currently set up in a local waterway that is often flooded with plastic and other marine debris during the rainy season. ⁠⠀
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While we’re targeting high impact areas such as the Rio Motagua where large amounts of plastic enter the ocean, we are still concerned with smaller creeks, rivers, and estuaries that are contributors to the ocean plastic crisis. This also allows our crews to monitor the success of the booms and take those learnings to apply to bigger systems that will be implemented in stronger currents. ⁠⠀
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Our crew is surveying this area daily to monitor the impact of weather shifts. And don’t worry, our boom systems are engineered to allow marine animals to safely travel underneath the mesh skirt. ⁠⠀
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Stay tuned–– this is going to take trial and error, but we’re determined to collect as much ocean-bound plastic as we can and you’re invited to be a part of the mission! ⁠⠀
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