To improve the health of waterways, the ocean and everyone, with every Seabin catch.

IN A NUTSHELL

Seabin Foundation is committed to working with communities and with the data and science associated with Seabin Smart Technology to address the problem of ocean pollution, more specifically of plastics in the ocean.

Seabin Foundation operates with four key pillars

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Data collection, reporting, citizen science and Pollution Index™

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Science, weather patterns, microplastics and Ocean Health Lab

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Visibility, positive community engagement and education for all ages

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Science, weather patterns and understanding ecosystem health

Removing litter upstream from waterways through Seabins is one side of the solution. The Seabin Foundation’s mission is to close the loop by focussing on prevention through education, community engagement and scientific understanding of the data to work efficiently with local government authorities, industries and citizens.

Our Team

Mahi Paquette

Mahi Paquette

CEO & Director Seabin Foundation

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the ocean and water in general. First, it was snow, rivers and lakes, but quickly, the oceans became a driving force. For me, looking at the ocean is a reminder of what it means to love unconditionally. It’s expansive, wide open, ever changing, adaptive and incredibly beautiful. Water gives me life. This alone makes me want to care for it in a devoted way.

My work with the Seabin Foundation fulfils this passion. It is about getting myself and others excited to cleanup pollution, but even more so, it is about finding solutions to stop pollution.

The Sydney City Pilot has been an exciting, bold adventure, and a great learning journey. It has al- lowed the Seabin Foundation to understand how best to coordinate and support a growing number of dedicated volunteers, improve our data protocols, manage consistent data entries, and report on key findings. There is a world of opportunities that has now opened up from the knowledge we gained. Thank you, Sydney community, for showing us how much can be achieved when we stand up together for what we love!

Alongside a Seabin dream team, I will continue to act for litter prevention with a focus on major cities, through a joint effort between Seabin tech, people and institutions. Cities often face similar challenges when it comes to polluting waterways.

I whole-heartedly dream of connecting communities around the world through our campaign, implementing the successes of one to another, and accelerating positive change for a healthier planet for all. Simply because water is one of the most beautiful elements that unites us.

Solomon Wadani

Solomon Wadani

Data & Program Manager

To me, the ocean has been the sounding board of inspiration and has driven me to pursue diverse experiences and a career in environmental management and sustainability.

I am a surfer, and a passionate environmental steward, keen on integrating science and sustainable innovation with education and community outreach to promote a sustainable future with cleaner oceans. I established a strong affiliation with the ocean having learnt to surf, sail, dive and fish at a young age on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

As Data and Program Manager for Seabin Foundation, I work closely with various of stakeholders to deliver environmental research projects and disseminate outcomes. With experience ranging from waste management and environmental consulting to international not-for-profit conservation work, I feel a deep seeded connection to the ocean and an ambition to conserve it.

In terms of my background, I am a first class honours graduate from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Environmental Science majoring in Marine Biology. Prior to joining Seabin Foundation, I worked as an Environmental Consultant in the waste management and resource recovery industry and led the delivery of landfill diversion and research and development projects, involving alternative applications for recycled organic waste and state significant materials recycling facility (MRF) developments.

I have also previously participated in international non-for-profit conservation programs in South Africa and Cape Verde. In Cape Verde, I volunteered to help protect and conserve nesting Loggerhead sea turtles from poaching. There, I witnessed firsthand the devastating impact marine plastic pollution, overfishing and poaching had on the local marine life, marine habitat and the environment. This empowered me to take action and pursue meaningful work to reduce the prevalence and impact of marine plastic pollution.

Outside of my work with Seabin Foundation, I spend my free time chasing waves. When I am not in the water, you’ll find me somewhere near it.

Tahlia Devine

Tahlia Devine

Head of Science Education & Lab Research

At the age of 8 years old, I was asked about what I wanted to be when I grew up, to which I confidently answered “I want to work for the ocean”. This sentiment of working for the ocean remains true and is something that I have proudly carried throughout my life.

I have always aspired to bring my passion and love for the ocean to other people, and as I have grown to see the devastation of plastic pollution plaguing marine ecosystems, I have been further inspired from within to make a difference and call for change.

After graduating as a marine biologist, I further expanded my studies with a Master of Marine Science and Management with a focus on investigating habitat preferences in endangered seahorse species Hippocampus Whiteii. At the Seabin foundation, my mission is to utilise my scientific background and passion for education to cultivate improved public understanding of marine litter, advocating for turning off the tap on plastic pollution. Combining data, research and education through the Ocean Health Lab gives me an opportunity to promote awareness and advocate for change in the pollution problem, and to give back to the ocean that has inspired my life’s passions.

Karli Mylius

Karli Mylius

Head of Data Analysis & Lab Research

I have always adored nature and animals and felt drawn to learning about the intricacies and beauty of it through my adult life. For me, the ocean is wild and mysterious, yet calming and enchanting. It provides the oxygen we breathe, and wellbeing for millions of people around the world. The confronting exposure of plastic pollution in the environment, especially the ocean, created motivation to try and understand this issue on a deeper level. This motivated me to complete a bachelor of science (zoology) and more recently a Masters in Marine and Antarctic Science at University of Tasmania with a research thesis on the analysis of microplastics in Tasmanian resident shorebirds.

Joining the Seabin Foundation has fulfilled a lifelong dream to dedicate my time toward something I truly care about; surrounded by an incredible community with shared values, and where individuality is honoured.

My mission at Seabin is to help implement simple yet effective scientific analysis for the Sydney City Program and provide honest and transparent data for mitigation and management strategies of plastic pollution.

From Co-founder Pete Ceglinski

Ocean plastics are an everybody’s problem and it’s going to take all of us to help clean it up. Trash is not rocket science, but it is a complex issue. Seabin Project are now amongst the world's largest technical clean ups with units in over 53 countries. Seabins filter 600 million litres of water and remove over 4 tonnes of marine litter from our waterways and oceans every day.

Pete Ceglinski
Pete Ceglinski

It needs to be acknowledged though, that the problem will never be fixed by technology alone. Data driven behavioural change and better education is what’s going to turn off the tap and save our oceans, and while we work on this, we can start cleaning it up.

Thanks to everyone supporting us.
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The Seabin Foundation offer projects focused on education, data collection, new tech community and scientific research.