Sea Bin Apollo Bay Harbour

$1,090 of $11,999 goal

Raised by 11 people in 5 months
Created December 16, 2018

My name is Denis Kininmonth I started this campaign because I want to take a stand against ocean plastics!

My goal is to raise enough money to bring Seabins to Apollo Bay as I want to give my beautiful town the opportunity to reduce its plastic pollution impact on the ocean. Our town not only has a beautiful beach, but also has a Marine Sanctuary at Marengo, which is the home to at least 200 seals.

Whilst kayaking out to the sanctuary we have seen seals with fishing wire and even rope wrapped around their necks, slowly strangling them.  Also, we just don't know how much micro plastic they are swallowing (as they eating fish that have eaten plastic after it has been broken to pieces by rocks and waves). 

I need your help to raise money to buy a Seabin, a revolutionary ocean cleaning technology which is essentially a floating rubbish bin that operates 24/7 catching all floating debris in the water. The Seabin helps clean the ocean of this floating debris, which in turn creates cleaner oceans and we all benefit from this in one way or another. 


We are hoping that by having the bins in our harbour they will not only collect micro plastics and rubbish, but they will raise awareness of how our oceans are at risk from plastic pollution. 
Did you know that 300 million tons of plastic are produced in the world every year, half of which is for single use products. From this, more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. We need to do something about it and now with the purchase of a Seabin we can all participate and make a difference! 

Join me and my campaign to help ensure cleaner oceans!


What’s a Seabin?

The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and ports.

The Seabin can catch a maximum of 20kgs of floating debris per day (depending on weather conditions and debris volumes). The Seabins  can catch micro plastics down to 2 mm small, large plastic bags, bottles, plastic straws, coffee cups, food wrappers and surface oils.

See the chart below for the amount of debris the Seabins catch on a yearly basis.

How can a Seabin contribute to cleaner oceans?

The Seabin contributes to cleaner oceans by removing close to half a ton of floating debris per unit per year. The location of the Seabin in marinas is ideal and where it matters most, close to the source of entry for floating debris. Ports and Marinas are perfect locations to stop floating debris from entering the open ocean and ocean plastics are also brought in by wind and currents.


Are the Seabins a danger to marine life?

The fish, according to the team at Seabin, stay away from the surface of the water where the Seabin sucks in the water. They are deterred by the force of the water current. If there are swarms of jellyfish or bait fish it is recommended that the Seabins are turned off until the swarms pass. If a fish was to accidently go into the Seabin, it would be caught in the Seabin and stay submerged in water until the marina staff retrieve the filter and throw the fish still alive back into the water.

How does it work?

Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin, with a submersible water pump capable of displacing 25.000 LPH (liters per hour). The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly.

Who is responsible for the Seabin?

This is the best part of it all, the marina will be the one responsible for the upkeep of the Seabins and also they will be paying for the energy consumption of the Seabin which is less than $1 a day.

The marina enjoys a cleaner marina and the rest of us and the marine life enjoy cleaner oceans with less floating debris polluting our oceans!

Seabins part of a whole solution

Seabins whole solution is Technology, Education, Science, Research and Community. The reason for this is that Technology alone is not the solution to stopping ocean plastics, education is the real solution.

Great! Can our local community be involved also?

Yes! The team at Seabin have interactive programs and lessons designed for schools, community and youth to interact with the Seabins and have over 2000 school students engaged around the world, this is something that we can do locally also with support from the team at Seabin Project.

What will we be doing if we participate in these programs?

You would be joining an international community contributing important data and feedback on ocean plastics to the Seabin central data base. Renowned scientists, universities and environmental agencies are all a part of the programs also.

The lessons range from identifying ocean plastics to data collection of what the Seabins are catching weekly. The data collection is a very easy activity and where we can all see the measurable impact of debris the Seabins are taking out of the water in all weather conditions.

It’s as simple as counting how many plastic bags, plastic particles, food wrappers and then noting it down on a spreadsheet or app. Weather conditions and location information is also entered into the data base.


 How can you help our campaign and make a difference in the world?
Every contribution to this crowdfunding campaign helps, be it $1 or $50 dollars, it all adds up and bring us closer to our goal.

Even if you cannot afford a donation, please help by sharing this campaign with your friends and family on social media. The more people that know about the campaign the better!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to check out our campaign FOR CLEANER OCEANS!

Seabin Project FAQs

 Q: Can someone pay out the crowdfunding campaign goal?

 A: Yes! We need help! The more money we can raise, the more Seabins we can buy. 


Q: Why crowdfund a Seabin?

A: Until now, the Seabins were not for the everyday person to purchase because marinas ports and yacht clubs are the target market for Seabin Group. This is a way where everyday people can give something back to the oceans.  

Q: How do Seabins work in tidal areas?

 A: Seabins at present are designed for floating docks and pontoons. The Seabins move up and down with the tide on the floating dock.

 Q. How are the pumps run? A. The pumps are currently electric, and around $1 a day to run.

Q: When are the Seabins available?

 A: Depending on your countries location, Seabins will be available for shipping mid 2018.

Q: Do any fish get sucked into the Seabins? What about smaller marine life?

 A: There is a possibility of fish to enter the Seabins, however in the last 2 years of development, the Seabins have only caught a handful of small bait fish. Most of which have been thrown back into the water alive. The fish simply stay away from the flow of water entering the Seabin and with the current fine tuning of the Seabin, the risk is now minimal.

Q: I don’t have any money to donate, how can I help?

A: Don’t worry! Your amazing anyways and thanks for even contacting us. We need help to share this project around with any media we can. Social medias   like facebook, instagram, twitter, websites, bloggers. Also with newspapers, magazines, tv, radio and journalists. Also friends and family!
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Raised by 11 people in 5 months
Created December 16, 2018
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