Thanks to the support of sponsors including Thalgo, construction of The Manta will begin in 2022 with a launch scheduled for 2024. As part of its work, crew on the boat will also collect data during scientific missions to increase knowledge about ocean contamination.
The SeaCleaners’ will also be carrying out large-scale waste collections on river shores and marine coastlines around the world.
“Eleven rivers in the world discharge around 90% of plastic,” said Yvan Bourgnon, founder of The SeaCleaners. “By targeting these strategic areas and taking action where plastic has not yet broken down, we will be more effective.”