United Nations
Reducing Marine Pollution/protecting ecosystems/sustainable fishing/conservation of coastal and marine areas/implementing and enforcing international sea law
by Blue Seas Protection (Philanthropic organization)
We are a Marine conservation charity based on the Isle of Wight UK acting locally and thinking globally. We have a 3-pronged approach to pollution at sea: 1. "Operation Seasweep" utilises our "MantaRay" seasweep device which can be adapted to any size ocean surface area from harbours, lakes to oceans and which filters the surface for floating debris and plastic. We can also filter floating oilspill. 2. "Operation SeabedSweep" utilises a combination of ROV, Sonar and divers to locate, retrieve and destroy or recycle ghostnets and debris which has sunk. 3."Operation Beach Clean" utilises our "Land Army" of volunteers, armed with litterpickers to manually collect rubbish along the coastline and beaches. We are working on technology to collect and filter microplastics from the beach which are lifted from the sea and deposited by the tide onto the land. As well as the practical hands-on work that we do, we also campaign against "Crimes at Sea" as follows:
*Ban shark finning. 100 million sharks a year are killed for their fins. This is not sustainable
*Ban monofilament net which entangles and traps indescriminantly resulting in dumped bycatch. Reduce the size of net allowed by law. Currently 2.5km allowed!! Make net trackable back to the owner and biodegradeable
*Stop whaling. Japan, Faroes, Iceland, Denmark, Norway. We do not need to eat whales. We need apex predators such as whales and sharks in the seas for healthy oceans and healthy foodchains.
*Stop overfishing. By 2040 there will be no fish left. Meanwhile fish is still being fed to livestock, bycatch is discarded and dumped, the Quota system doesnt work and there is illegal fishing outside of quota anyway. Strongly enforce regulations, arrest and seize illegal ships, cut China's fleet which is bigger than the US & Russian fleets put together, reduce quotas and net sizes
*Ban single use plastic and recycle instead of dump plastic
We are campaigning for a Patrol Vessel to implement and enforce international sea law as well as research and document ocean health at the same time.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Recover plastics from the sea and seabed as 70-80% has sunk
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions :
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
Operation Seasweep
Operation SeabedSweep
Operation Beach Cleans
Operation Baywatch
Staff / Technical expertise
40 years of marine, shipping and diving experience
Financing (in USD)
80,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Donations of equipment such as air bags
Other, please specify
Basic information
Time-frame: 04/2017 - 04/2019
Marine Management Organisation-Government, Natural England-Government, Historic England-Government, EMFF-Government, National Lottery-Philanthropic, Seaflex-Private, WightAid-Philanthropic, MCA-Government, Arc Consultancy-Private, Tesco-Private, Asda-Private,
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Garry Oates, Captain, blueseasprotection@gmail.com, 01983 400767
Isle of Wight UK
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