It is no secret that marine debris is an issue worldwide. Spend any time on Facebook and you will find viral videos of people saving sea animals from the plastic wrapped around their bodies or animal’s stomachs filled with marine debris. Over at Oceanside Harbor in California, they have been working on cleaning marine debris by installing four Marina Trash Skimmers throughout the marina.
An article popped up on our radar by Newport This Week. It is about Clean Ocean Access‘ upcoming annual swim that has been dubbed” Swim to Skim”, which raises awareness of the Marina Trash Skimmer’s role of improved water quality. We at Marina Accessories are excited to see new ways to bring awareness to marine debris and the Marina Trash Skimmer. Thank you Newport This Week and Clean Ocean Access for your support!
I sat down for an interview with the inventor of the Marina Trash Skimmer (MTS) recently in order to give you a better understanding of the product and the man who created it. He has a lot to teach us about this incredible product and the need for action.
MAI: Let’s start with introductions. What is your name and where are you from?
LP: My name is Louis Pasoz and I’m from San Clemente, California.
MAI: What was your inspiration to create the Marina Trash Skimmer (MTS)?
LP: I love surfing; I would go regardless of the weather. One day, I went surfing after a storm and I saw debris everywhere. I decided I wanted to do something about it. I devoted myself to cleaning up the ocean.
Researchers estimate that there are 100 million tons of plastic in the Earth’s oceans. In some areas, the plastic accumulation spans over 5 million square miles. The equivalent of the U.S. and India combined. It washes out from our beaches, streets and highways. It blows out of a landfill only to end up inside a sea turtle’s stomach.
Two key items that the Marina Trash Skimmer collects are plastics and oil. We know that both of these have been inarguably linked to damaging coral reef and the deaths of marine life. Sea turtles are vulnerable to ocean pollution at every life stage, from eggs to adulthood.
We recently came across a great article by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA). It is an interview they conducted with Clean Ocean Access, a group dedicated to eliminating marine debris, about the Marina Trash Skimmer. At Marina Accessories we are always excited to hear about the community interest in our skimmer and the organizations that are using it to make a real difference. Give it a read and be sure to let us know if you would like more information, enjoy!
18 FEB-DOING OUR PART TO COMBAT MARINE DEBRIS: AN INTERVIEW WITH CLEAN OCEAN ACCESS
Marine debris is a problem, and we all know it. A short walk along the beach puts you in contact with the evidence: plastic bottles and bags, food containers, fishing line, and more litter. But few of us may realize just how devastating this problem is.
Scientific reports from around the world have stated that 2017 was the hottest year on record for the world’s oceans. While you probably won’t notice a difference while wading at the beach, there is plenty of reason to worry.
Two obvious victims of rising sea temperatures are our coral reefs and sea ice levels. Fields of the usually vibrantly colored coral reef are now nothing but white skeletons, as the warming waters have led them to expel the colorful algae that they require to live. With the algae gone, the coral starve and die. This matter may seem like it doesn’t affect you personally, but keep in mind that an estimated one billion people depend on coral reefs for food and income. They are also important to preventing coastal erosion, another serious issue for mankind.
We are bringing back an old post from our Facebook page because of the relevance to our product:
The Marina Trash Skimmer (MTS) is state of the art technology developed and built by Marina Accessories Inc. These Marina Trash Skimmers are the first of its kind and have made great efforts in reducing pollution as well as helping to create a more sustainable ecosystem for marine wildlife.