Welcome to Project Clean Oceans Inc.
The founder Randy Hatton started commercial fishing with his father as a young boy. At age 26, he became captain of a 175 ft. catcher/processor, F/V Bering Empire, fishing for crab in the Bering Sea. "The Deadliest Catch" portrays the type of work he and his crew endured.
Randy became concerned about the amount of chemicals and garbage entering the oceans, rivers, and lakes. At age 33, he quit his commercial fishing career to dedicate his life to coming up with solutions to these problems.
Data about Our Oceans
1) The oceans occupy nearly 71% of our planet's surface.
The Environmental Problems
The plastic pollution problem of our oceans is becoming a situation we can no longer turn away from. The bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse; sea creatures are dying in massive numbers.
Federal regulators announced on 4/23/15; an emergency closure of sardine fisheries in California, Oregon and Washington. According to the most recent data, the sardine populations have declined 91% in just the last eight years. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they canít pinpoint how or why itís happening.
An estimated 200 million tons of plastic are in the oceans and 14 billion pounds of trash enter the worldís oceans every year. The majority of garbage is found floating in one of the five major ocean gyres around the world. These massive, slowly rotating gyres are result of ocean currents converging in such ways that they create these colossal oceanic vortices.
The most concentrated with plastics, North Pacific Gyre, consists of two smaller gyres, the Eastern and Western, referred to as; The Great Ocean Garbage Patch. The Eastern gyre was discovered by Captain Charles Moore, sailing from the Hawaiian Islands to Northern California in 1997. Concerned by what he discovered, he rigged up his sail boat and returned to the Eastern gyre to retrieve samples. Captain Mooreís research revealed some very alarming facts. Samples taken in 1999 revealed 6 times more plastic particles than plankton. Samples in 2009 revealed 46 times more plastic particles than plankton. Captain Mooreís latest voyage in 2014 revealed, 100 times more plastic particles than plankton.
One of the problematic properties of plastic is that itís not biodegradable; it literally lasts forever. While plastic does not biodegrade, it does photo-degrade; UV light from the sun breaks the plastic down into even smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics. Micro-plastics break down into smaller and smaller pieces that are increasingly harder to clean up. Research is revealing that some of these small pieces eventually sink to the bottom of the ocean.
Captain Charles Moore
This photo-degradation continues right down to the microscopic level, where we can't even see the individual pieces of plastic with the naked eye. Instead, we see this viscous toxic sludge where water should be. We are not only polluting our oceans, we are actually changing the chemical composition of them as a whole.
These micro-plastics act like sponges. They soak up and retain all kinds of toxic chemicals, such as DDT and PCBs. Unable to distinguish their food from these micro-plastics littering our ocean, many marine animals end up dying with bellies so full of plastic that no food can pass through them. They literally starve to death with full stomachs. Every year over 1 million sea birds and hundreds of thousands of marine animals; Turtles, Dolphins, fish and Whales die from plastic ingestion.
While many animals perish from the ingestion of plastic, many others survive long enough to enter our food chain. Health effects linked to these chemicals are cancer, malformation and impaired reproductive ability. Biologists are finding that some species of baby male fish are reverting to female because of high levels of estrogen in their systems. Plastic pollution is also a carrier of invasive species, threatening the native ecosystems.
This Whale had over 20 kilos of plastic in its stomach.
This environmental crisis is exactly that, an environmental crisis; one of the largest to date. If our oceans go, we go. Experts predict that over the course of the next two generations, if nothing is done to stem this, all of our oceans will be in the same condition as the gyres are in now. It's already starting to happen.
The irony of it all, is we cannot just cut plastic out of our lives. We live in a plastic world. We rely on plastic too much to just delete it from our culture. If we as a species were to just extract plastic from our lives altogether, we would compromise much of our medical, technological, and scientific progression.
Plastic is used in just about everything we interact with: communication, transportation, consumption, medicine, technology, modern luxuries, down to the device you are using to read this. We can't just stop using plastic on a macro level; it's not feasible, logical, or possible, something more must be done. Itís currently estimated, only 10 % of all plastic is recycled, due to the fact it cost more to recycle a plastic bottle than make a new one. While plastic restraint is quite important, as is the development of biodegradable plastics, it's just not enough.
The Solution to Clean Our Oceans
Technology invented by Randy Hatton, called the "Great Ocean Garbage Collectors," is designed to efficiently, effectively and with least harm to the sea animals, remove large volumes of garbage from our oceans.
Randy's thirty-five years of commercial fishing experience, gave him the knowledge necessary to create this technology. He worked on the most advanced, large scale fisheries in the world. From knowledge gained and his deep love and passion to give back to the oceans, he developed, these ideas.
This project is one of the most important projects on the planet. Give us ten yaers and the plastic in our oceans will no longer be an environmental disaster. It will create jobs, remove and stop billions of pounds of garbage, mainly plastic, from entering the oceans of the world. This will stop millions of innocent beings living in the oceans, from unnecessary death.
This will happen on ships designed similar to large scale (Mid-Water Trawl) commercial fishing vessels, called catcher/processors. These ships will be equipped with the most advanced technology to process and recycle the plastic into fuel and building materials while still at sea. We will use our recycled materials, grade A to fuel the ship and grade B to make modular blocks.
These modular blocks will be constructed using specially designed casings, allowing air pockets in the center for better insulation value. Then coated in a UV-resistant polymer (which will keep the materials from photo-degrading). Once the ship is filled with the modular blocks, it will return to port and be sold as building materials for profit.
The "Great Ocean Garbage Collectors" (GOGC) will be strategically anchored in the most concentrated garbage areas. The (GOGC) consist four Vís - VVVV, each side of the V is approximately 1.5 miles long. This makes the mouth/opening of each V approximately two miles across; add three more, you have an eight mile garbage collector. This allows the currents to do a big part of the work, bringing the garbage together, thus easily harvested.
Step 1) Set out Anchors-Chain-Cable-Anchor Buoys, for the first V of four Vís.
The ship will carry two high horse-powered aluminum seine skiffs which are like mini tugboats. After the anchors which are connected to buoys are in position, the skiffs are lowered overboard.
Step 2) Set out oil-boom/net and attach to anchor buoys.
As ship sets out oil-boom/net, Seine skiffs attach the cables from each anchor buoy to oil-boom/net.
Heavy-duty oil boom is attached to heavy-duty small mesh (net 1/4 X 1/4 inch). This type of net will be important for many reasons; 1) durability and strength; 2) ability to catch small pieces of plastic;
Each Anchor supports 927 ft. of Oil-Boom/Net sections
Oil Boom/Net removable sections, no Anchors attached
Step 2) Complete, now repeat three more times.
Right and left side, bottom of v will be 500 feet long with oil boom/net thatís sixty feet deep, with quick-disconnect and designed similar to a Purse Seine net, allowing the net to be pursed/closed at bottom.
Eight Mile "Great Ocean Garbage Collector" Complete
The (GOGC) have five steel buoys equipped with solar powered lights. They are placed at the mouth of each side of each V. This allows mariners to see them (day; via site & radar) (night; via lights & radar).
Time for the rewarding part; removing tons of Plastic from the Ocean
A week or two after the (GOGC) are set out, the ship and crew will return to harvest the garbage. In most cases only the bottom section of the Vís will be heavily concentrated, the currents will force garbage to the bottom of V.
The first step: lower seine skiffs over-board. 2) Ship sets out two clean 500 ft. section oil-boom/net, one to each side at bottom of V, skiffs then connect end of two 500 ft. sections together at bottom of V.
Step 3) Ship pulls a line from mid-section of V, forming two 500 ft. Uís.
Step 4) Seine skiffs pull each U into a circle.
Step 5) Seine skiff unhooks ships line from U and hooks to circle.
Step 6) Ship purses the bottom of circle then hauls garbage and net aboard.
After garbage is hauled aboard the ship itís dumped into large holding tank under main deck. This tank is designed with a downward angle and has water jets spraying the garbage. This will serve two purposes; forceís garbage down to bottom of tank where hydraulic doors are adjusted to slowly feed the conveyer belts. The other purpose for water jets: keep any little sea animals alive until their returned to the sea.
"Grade A plastic" is turned into fuel to fuel the ship, "grade B plastic" turned into modular blocks sold as building materials for many uses.
Because these ships will be equipped with the most advanced plasma technology; turning plastics into fuel, while in port, ships can also relieve overfilled garbage dumps of plastics. This will reduce the amount of plastic entering the oceans.
Great Ocean Garbage Collectors are the most feasible means for the plastic problem in the oceans. The reason is all materials, hardware and technologies already exist.
The connection between the health of our global waterways and our own health is intertwined. We the people must make protecting our oceans a top priority. It is imperative to remove and stop the flow of pollution from entering our great oceans that give us so much life.
Supporting our oceans; 71% of our planet, is a top priority for us.
The Vision Alignment
One of the main principles of the Intention Process, perhaps the most important, is to see the end result from the beginning; to hold a vision in our mind of the final outcome. We invite you to join us in focusing on the solutions and letting go of the conditions. The dynamics of how this works are simple when we have learned that our thoughts are the forerunners of our future. As we hold the thought of our desired outcome, combined with taking action, it has to manifest for us.
Accordingly, we are holding the template for clean, pure water in every body of water on this planet, humanity having risen to the call, pristine water everywhere now and forevermore. We ask you to join us in holding this vision.
Steps for Success
"Project Clean Oceans Inc." is dedicated to this vision/mission. With your help, this will become a reality, the largest scale ocean cleanup in existence. The well-being of all life in the oceans, our children and future generations to come, are counting on us.
Together with a shared vision and intentions of respect and appreciation towards the oceans of the world, we can and will succeed. We invite you to share this with others and join us in focusing on the solutions.
All the details about GOGC werenít explained here, yet are worked out. We are sure there will be some trial and errors, yet are confident we can work them out. If you have any questions, concerns or inspired to participate in this vision, feel free to contact us at:
Thank you for your support.
With your help, this vision will become a reality.