Technology Development

Big Blue Ocean Cleanup funds advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic.

Big Blue Ocean Cleanup is funding and supporting methods to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean. A significant percentage of this plastic drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, known as gyres.

Plastic in the ocean is often mistaken as food by wildlife; animals become entangled with plastic, resulting in catastrophic loss of life. From plankton to dolphins, marine wildlife across ocean ecosystems has been contaminated by plastic. Plastic has been found in 90% of seabirds, 100% of sea turtle species, and more than 25% of fish sampled from seafood markets around the world.

We invest and support engineers who are designing ways to capture plastics ranging from small pieces up to large debris, including massive discarded fishing nets without damage to the natural ecosystems.