Project Seabin

Our newest initiative focuses on tackling litter in our waterways and oceans. 

Seabin V5 devices have been installed along the Cape Fear River as well as the Intracoastal Waterway. Our goals are to collect and research marine debris trapped by these devices in hopes to better understand and conquer our local waste streams.

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What is a Seabin?

The V5 Seabin unit is a “trash skimmer” designed to be installed in the water of Marinas, Yacht Clubs, Ports and any water body with a calm environment and suitable services available.

The unit acts as a floating garbage bin skimming the surface of the water by pumping water into the device. The Seabin V5 can intercept: floating debris, macro and micro plastics and even micro fibres with an additional filter. By acting as a trash skimmer, the Seabin V5 is also able to clean the water from contaminated organic material (leaves, seaweed, etc…).

Who supports this project?

As with any program or campaign that we take on, they wouldn’t be sustainable without the tremendous support of our volunteers and community partners:

  • Capt. Jot for his diligent and generous support with the initial application of Propspeed very early on.

  • Jay and his team at Marine Max and Pierce of Coastal Hull Painting for the kind and generous consideration, patience, superb workmanship and direction.

  • Our UNCW volunteers, Phoebe, Kiya, Erin, Lucie and Jason, and our Hoggard High stalwart, Myles.

  • Our new Cape Fear Community College volunteer base, especially Jessica for leading the CFCC-POP, Marine Tech Group, and coordinating the Chemical Tech Group.

  • The ongoing support of the dockmasters at Bradley Creek Marina and Port City Marina, Jon and Taylor.

How does the project work?

Through the generosity of the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy, we have received grants for 2 additional Seabins. These will be placed in the Port City Marina in early 2022 and are warmly welcomed by management and their dockmaster, Taylor Harberl.  Our Seabins are serviced regularly by our groups of volunteers from UNCW and CFCC- Plastic Ocean Project Chapter (POP) and their Marine Tech Group.  As collections are made, the volunteers report their findings in an app called “Data Trapper”.  This app was created by a group from the Univ. of Toronto. Further analysis of what we are collecting and what harm they might bring to our water environment are being developed.