As part of the project’s commitment to cleaning up the bay, five Seabins have been installed around the site of the new Sydney Fish Market in Blackwattle Bay. A cross between a trash can and pool-skimmer, Seabins skim the surface of the water to remove fuel, oil, plastics, microplastics and other harmful contaminants.
From 2021 to 2023 the five Seabin units at Blackwattle Bay have:
filtered more than 1.5 billion litres of water
collected over 5.3 tonnes of marine debris, including 532,000 plastic items.
These five units contribute to Seabin’s Smart City Program: Sydney, made up of over 32 units across Sydney Harbour, which from 2012 to 2023 have:
They now collectively remove an average of one plastic item every six seconds.
The Seabin catches are processed at Seabin’s Ocean Health Data and Microplastics Lab, where critical data sets are collated to help facilitate positive policy making and behavioural change.