Boyan Slat Creates a Project That Can Save The Ocean

Boyan Slat Creates a Project That Can Save The Ocean

Kaden Horning, Reporter

In 2022 Boyan Slat was only 18 years old and making projects that can save the ocean and the sea animals. He is only creating this device because when he was in Greece and saw more plastic bags than actual fish. When they were testing to see if the machine worked they reported that in half a mile they pulled 20,000 pounds of plastic from the ocean. One of the main goals is to get rid of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch because it is three times the size of France and currently floats between Hawaiʻi and California. 


They are trying to remove 90% of trash from the ocean by 2040. They are now naming the project Jenny. Jenny had many failed test runs, but the final test run scooped out 19,841 pounds out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Every year there are millions of trash going into the ocean without us doing anything to help. But now Boyan found a way to help our sea animals and ocean.


 Jenny works by picking up trash and by having two ships connect with a net that has big enough holes so sea animals don’t get caught. Such as fish and other small sea creatures. Then the trash gets stuck in the net to where there is a hole in the middle. In the middle, there is a hole that will carry the bigger stuff. 

Jenny also expanded to rivers. The reason why they are going for rivers now is that the rivers are the main source of ocean plastic pollution. According to their research 1,000 rivers are responsible for roughly 80% of riverine pollution. But instead of two ships, they will do one ship for the rivers since the rivers are smaller than the ocean. If you would like to help please donate to make sure we will get at least 90% of trash and plastic out of our ocean here is the website to donate