From Left – Right: Mr Carl Probert, Dr Chinthaka Hewavitharane, Mr Alex Kwaoga, Professor Ciro Rico and Mr Andrew Paris after the successful launch of the “SeaBin” at the USP Marine Campus jetty on Monday, October 12, 2020. PHOTO: SMS, USP.

The University of the South Pacific’s School of Marine Studies (SMS) joins a global seabin  movement this week by launching its first  seabin at the Marine Campus in Laucala, Suva.  Seabins are essentially floating bins, which provide practical and tangible solutions to reduce the plastics found in our oceans.

Created by Australian surfer and philanthropist, Pete Ceglinisky, a seabin processes 25,000 liters of seawater per hour, removing rubbish and micro plastics and filtering chemical pollutants such as oil. Fitted to a pontoon, the submerged bin uses a pump to suck rubbish from the sea surface. T

The seabin was originally purchased by Bing Gibson from Seabin Fiji and is managed by Carl Probert of Fiji World Olympian Association. Mr Probert approached Marine Pollution Masters student, Andrew Paris for collaboration with USP.

USP SMS Postgraduate Research student, Mr Alex Kwaoga explains the SeaBin on the pontoon at the USP Marine Jetty PHOTO: SMS, USP

 Launching the Seabin Project, Director of SMS, Professor Ciro Rico congratulated the team.

“This is a great research tool for data collection and we applaud the collaboration between SMS staff, students and the rest of the team that assembled the seabin, including partners from the sporting fraternity,”, Prof Ciro said.

He said the seabin deployed at the university’s jetty would help researchers in the field of ocean pollution, micro plastics, as well as in waste management projects at the university.

Under the supervision of Dr Chinthaka Hewavitharane, Mr Paris and Postgraduate research student, Alex Kwaoga assembled the seabin and pontoon using recycled waste materials.

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