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NPO Clean Ocean Ensemble NPO Clean Ocean Ensemble has started a Mozambique project

NPO Clean Ocean Ensemble
NPO Clean Ocean Ensemble has started a Mozambique project
Clean Ocean Ensemble (Shodoshima Town, Shozu District, Kagawa Prefecture, Representative Director: Yuki Egawa), an NPO that works to solve marine litter problems, is working to develop marine litter collection equipment in the Republic of Mozambique (hereinafter referred to as Mozambique), located in the southern part of the African continent. We have started a demonstration experiment project.
[Image 1:×2925.jpg] Director Yasui (right in the photo) shaking hands with Mr. Carlos (left in the photo), vice-chairman of the Fisheries Council of the Costa Du Sol District in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
What is the Republic of Mozambique?
The Republic of Mozambique is a country located on the southeast coast of the African continent, with a land area of ​​79.9 square kilometers (approximately twice the size of Japan) and a population of
approximately 32.96 million people (2022; World Bank). It borders South Africa to the south, Eswatini to the southwest, Zimbabwe to the west, Zambia and Malawi to the northwest, and Tanzania to the north. The official language is Portuguese, and the religion is said to be about 60% Christian. The capital, Maputo, is located at the southern tip of the country, and is home to approximately 1.12 million people (2017; Mozambique Statistics Authority).
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
[Image 2:×2500.jpg] Costa du Sol coast (Maputo)
Mozambique project overview
Our organization’s main activities are “marine garbage business” and “environmental education business”, but among these activities, we have been focusing on the “development of marine debris collection equipment using tidal currents” since our establishment. The prefecture, Shodoshima, has conducted seven demonstration experiments so far. We succeeded in collecting marine debris for the first time in the 4th demonstration experiment, and the amount collected gradually increased with each demonstration experiment, and in the 7th demonstration experiment, a total of approximately 1.24 kg of marine debris was collected, the first in the history of observation. We were able to collect 71 microplastics.
While the recovery device continues to be improved steadily, it is important that the device is highly versatile and can be applied in any environment around the world, and that it is also effective under the natural conditions of oceans other than Shodoshima. I need data. Therefore, we decided to conduct a demonstration experiment of the marine debris collection device in Maputo, Mozambique, which is outside Shodoshima and where the director of our organization lives. Past performance of our collection equipment
●Demonstration experiment (4th time)
●Demonstration experiment (7th time)
About collaboration with the Costa Du Sol Regional Joint Fisheries Council Director Yasui, who lives in Mozambique, will utilize our
organization’s experience in Japan to first help local fishermen. We worked to build a collaborative relationship with. We started questioning people near the fishing village, and after passing through the cafeteria staff and the local police, we were able to meet with Mr. Carlos, the vice president of the Costa Du Sol Community Fisheries Council. Afterwards, we were joined by the chairman, Mr. Alfred, to explain our organization’s efforts, share mutual awareness of the marine litter problem, and successfully build a collaborative relationship toward the installation of marine debris collection equipment.
[Image 3:×2320.jpg] Director Yasui (left photo), Chairman Alfred (center photo), and Vice Chairman Carlos (right photo)
After establishing a working relationship, I went on a fishing trip with Mr. Carlos on a boat to examine where to install recovery equipment and to understand the operations of local fishermen. While observing actual fishing, we realized that our organization’s recovery equipment and fishing methods are similar, and we were able to share an image of what goes into producing recovery equipment. In addition, we were able to obtain information from Mr. Carlos about places where marine debris gathers, saying, “Other fishermen don’t really want to fish in that area because they can only catch garbage in that area.” We also learned that this is a potential site for the demonstration experiment. I was also able to observe the.
[Image 4:×2600.jpg] Local fishermen fishing
Monthly Supporter/We are looking for people to work with us! Marine debris causes a variety of problems, including deterioration of the marine environment, including ecosystems, and impacts on fishing and tourism, and is an issue that must be addressed by the entire world. By 2050, the weight of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed the weight of fish, and by 2060, the amount of plastic waste produced worldwide will approximately triple, with less than one-fifth of that being recycled. It is predicted that this will happen.
We want to overcome this crisis, realize a world with zero marine litter, and leave clean oceans for future generations.
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Organization overview
・Name: NGO Clean Ocean Ensemble
・Address: 985 Sakateko, Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-gun, Kagawa Prefecture ・Established: December 2020
・Representative Director: Hiroki Egawa
・Main countries of operation: Japan, Mozambique, Vietnam
・Official website:
・Official SNS:
The name of the organization embodies the messages: Clean, Ocean, and Ensemble (together with more people).
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