Plastic bag with fish
Photo Credit: Minderoo Foundation.


clean oceans

Clean oceans through technological innovation and policy change.

What does this project do?

Our Clean Oceans program is currently focused on solving plastic pollution. Once our plastic sub-program is well established and underway, we will expand its scope to combat other types of marine pollution.

Our process

Clean Oceans advocates for and invests in a circular economy that decouples materials production from fossil fuels. It is also supporting clean-ups that intercept river plastic flows to oceans and remove plastics from pollution hotspots. An interactive map will be launched online to monitor the efficiency of our mitigation initiatives and enhance waste literacy of consumers, producers and governments.

Our motivation

Around 15 million tonnes of plastic flow into the ocean each year, causing damage to wildlife, economies and human health. We can solve this problem by creating a circular economy where materials are seen as a resource rather than waste after first use. As changing businesses and policies takes time, we will also develop technologies to intercept the flow of plastics to oceans and recover plastics from pollution hotspots.

Get in touch if you think you can help us achieve our Clean Oceans targets.

Our targets
  • Long-term implementation of circular economy businesses and policies
  • River plastic emissions to oceans reduced by 65 to 70 per cent via cleanups and enhanced waste management
  • Oceanic garbage patches free of ‘ghost nets’ (~50 per cent plastic mass) via innovative offshore operations
  • Interactive map with open-access datasets on ocean plastic sources, distribution and impacts launched

Project members

Asha McNeill
Julia Reisser
Research Lead – Plastics