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WELCOME ALL!  The 'Cleaner Ocean Foundation' is a charitable entity dedicated to conservation, research and ocean awareness. We work with other like minded institutions and academics looking for ways to repair the harm that man has done and is doing to marine life, with especial focus on climate change, plastic waste, over-fishing and dwindling wild fish stocks. We also promote ocean literacy with our Miss Ocean and Mister Ocean water literacy events using our tour bus to attend venues and give talks on Blue Growth.


In May/June of 2017 our Foundation took over the SeaVax project from Bluebird Marine Systems, continuing to collaborate where possible. From December 2019, it may be more beneficial to the project to pass it back to BMS where the Foundation cannot lead bids for funding. We shall continue with our ocean awareness campaign as we await developments. See our awareness competition below for the 1st August 2020.




OCEAN ART COMPETITION - Opens 1st August 2020. Scholarships and potential job opportunities. Help us to fight plastic pollution, climate change and illegal whaling - using you art skills.





We are the only organization working to remove macro and micro plastics from our oceans. Tackling the problem from the source, which ultimately involves removing microplastics from the ocean without harming the extant biology. Our research is therefore unique. The solution we should like to develop relies on advanced autonomous robotic automation. We have applied three times for European funding since 2017, under the Horizon 2020 banner, the last applications in 2020. Clearly, by their actions, the EC do not want a solution within a few years, they appear want to fund academic research in tick-box fashion. Organizations like our Foundation do not tick their boxes!


SeaVax will be a fully autonomous machine (when finally developed) that has the ability to differentiate and separate marine biota from man-made polymer. It will collect micro to macro sized plastic via non-invasive ocean filtration with minimal –ve impact for maximal +ve effect. You can help us by supporting our research with any size donation.


Chris Close inspects that gantry carriage electrically powered lowering and lifting mechanism


JULY 2018 - The test tank built while developing SeaVax in 2016/17 took another leap forward with the fabrication of the powered lifting and lowering mechanism for the wheeled carriage that takes the SeaVax proof of concept model out into the middle of the water basin and lowers the test craft into the water. Chris Close inspects his welding after lifting the rather heavy assembly into position on the stainless steel rails. Copyright © photograph July 15 2018. All rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture except for educational use in school and colleges or for private research.



LACK OF CONVENTIONAL FUNDING - Funding is not available for our kind of Blue Growth innovation. Our work falls in between pure research on the one hand (academics) and business development on the other, where social innovation is not about making money, meaning that a conventional for-profit business plan cannot be drawn up.


Projects like ours are somewhere in between and not catered for in the world of international finance such as United Nations projects, European Union initiatives or UK Government programmes where there is no end user to bill. This leaves SeaVax looking for other ways of raising operating funds - such as crowd funding and philanthropic donations - that are generally only very rare occurrences and cannot be relied on where the time for action is pressing. We have at least shown what might be possible. Maybe such inspiration will trigger responsible corporations to divert a percentage of their resources to such R&D and eventually, operations. We are available to advise. 



SeaVax ocean regenerating water filtration workboat


ONGOING R&D - Development of the solar powered ocean regenerating machine concept known as SeaVax continues with necessary improvement to the test tank facilities in Sussex, UK. The proof of concept model above has successfully filtered plastic waste from water in our test basin. Experiments will resume once the building works are completed. The machine is suitable for adaptation to river cleaning.






OCEAN CLEANING INNOVATION - This amazing autonomous boat called "SeaVax", was on display at the Old Billingsgate exhibition centre in London on the 9-10th of November 2015 for Innovate 2015. Since that time a company called Bluebird Marine Systems has built a test tank and a robotics laboratory - and worked out a low cost method of launching and recovering the full size vessel. All of this was achieved on a small budget at cost, with the help of volunteers, students and an experienced steering committee.



THE OCEAN ECONOMY - The ocean is a vast resource that is underutilized in terms of energy generation and over fished to feed a growing world population as land is being absorbed to build on for housing and factories, so reducing agricultural potential. In short, we are exhausting our natural resources in order of ease - for maximum profits - a short term strategy. It is easier for us to take all the fish we can in the short term and fill the ocean with garbage and not worry about the consequences.


The use of plastic for packaging is just one horrifying example of major stakeholders using the most convenient means to get their product to market, while ocean literate policy makers watch marine life suffer as they grapple with ways to juggle economics and morals, hoping for a miracle. Prince Charles and the Ellen MacArthur foundation have joined forces by issuing a prize to help reduce plastic in packaging. We hope that initiatives like this will make the job of cleaning the ocean less daunting and perhaps one day: not needed at all. So well done to everyone involved in that endeavor.





SEAVAX - SeaVax technology could help to put us back onto a path to ocean recovery. We aim to undertake vital research in the field of marine robotics, to try to understand what is possible if we apply some of the best innovations - such as the use of satellites to track ocean changes and currents - that may be applied to ocean cleaning techniques.


'SEAVAX' is just one of the many ocean cleanup projects that in our view holds the potential to make a difference if it can be applied effectively. There are many organizations working to clean the oceans, all contributing valuable input of which we are just one aiming to do our bit.


The Cleaner Oceans Foundation is inviting funding to be able to manage research to establish if ocean cleaning using dedicated selective fishing machines is a viable option in the search for a truly circular, blue economy.












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Dear United Nations. please keep planet A healthy for our children