Seafarer App mapping ocean pollution used to clean up Isle of Man beaches


Volunteers using data to clean up the beach (Eyesea)

Posted on March 24, 2021 4:24 PM by

The maritime executive

The Eyesea ocean pollution mapping platform, which relies on and uses data compiled by the commercial shipping industry, was recently deployed for the first time to organize a coast clean-up operation. Launched in beta testing in late 2020, the system seeks to use data submitted by seafarers on commercial vessels and recreational boaters to map pollution in oceans and coastlines to assist local authorities in clean-up operations .

The Eyesea app was used as part of a survey of the Isle of Man coastline after the island was battered last month by storms and high tides, which washed away large amounts of trash and debris as well as fishing nets. The platform was used to highlight areas where concentrations of debris and garbage had washed up, helping organizers plan a clean-up initiative that saved them time and maximized their effort.

Over 1,100 pounds of trash that littered a large area of ​​Douglas Beach on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea was collected at a joint cleanup event hosted by charities Beach Buddies and PlasticBusters. More than 100 volunteers were dispatched to the areas with the highest concentration of debris using data from Eyesea.

Jaime Amoedo, Founder of PlasticBusters, said: “It was great to be able to test the Eyesea app for the first time, and it gave our group of volunteers great information, in advance, about specific places. where the garbage had washed up on Douglas. Beach. This allowed us to focus our efforts on the areas that needed the most attention. “

Heavy debris that washed up on the beach – photo courtesy of PlasticBusters

Eyesea was launched in December 2020 with the participation of over 60 commercial vessels and super yachts preparing to deploy the app to collect pollution observational data contributing to the creation of comprehensive maps designed to inform and empower efforts. government and NGO environment. The Eyesea prototype has been tested by ships operating in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, Chile, South Africa, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom -United. The proof-of-concept tests were carried out in January by crew members aboard one of Oldendorff’s dry bulk carriers sailing in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Florida and by seafarers equipping a vessel managed by Union Marine Management Services sailing near Guinea-Bissau and Senegal off the west coast of Africa.

“We are often asked what we do with the Eyesea data we collect and how we will use it. This event is an answer to those questions, ”said Graeme Somerville-Ryan, founder of Eyesea. “The shipping industry – with our technology and reach – can provide key support to community and government clean-up initiatives. It was great to see a proof of concept test working so successfully. “

Seafarers who tested the app rated it as easy to use. The idea is that they take a photo of the pollution and debris with their phone’s geotagging highlighting the position. As more data is compiled, it will be possible to identify hazards in the ocean as well as dishes on land that require the attention of local authorities or can be dealt with by groups of volunteers.

Volunteer efforts were maximized with the data card prepared from the Eyesea app (photo courtesy of PlasticBusters)


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