As part of the project’s commitment to cleaning up the bay, Seabins will be used around the site of the new Sydney Fish Market in Blackwattle Bay. Seabins are garbage bins for the ocean with each unit connected to a water pump capable of drawing water from up to 50 metres away. The bins filter water and capture debris (including microplastics, plastic fibres, oil and more) in a catch bag. The bins are emptied by a Seabin environmental technician daily. In every 12-month period, the 5 seabins at the site of the new Sydney Fish Market will:
- capture an estimated 7.5 tonnes of marine litter, which is equivalent to 188 wheelie bins
- filter around 1.075 billion litres of water, capturing oil, fuel, micro plastics and plastic fibre.
Cleaning the seabed
Work has started removing, disposing and recycling debris located on the seabed. Some of the items to be cleared include wharf structure items, a sunken pontoon, hire bikes, trolleys and fishing nets and other miscellaneous items such as rope, steel wire and steel plates.
words The new Sydney Fish Market project will implement habitat enhancement strategies to protect the local environment including:
- Planting of natural vegetation
- Placement of rock rubble to create microhabitats
- Hanging structures suspended underneath the building as fish amalgamation devices
- Textured wall panels along the building edge to increase habitat complexity.