EXPERT - On all things ocean, Emily Hoad is helping the Cleaner Ocean
Foundation fine tune SeaVax for eventual development in the English
Channel before launching onto the the international stage with free licenses
to partners worldwide as part of a World Ocean Anti-plastic Alliance (WOAA).
Emily graduated with a first in her masters report on White shark behaviour, and a 2:1 overall in Marine Biology from the
University of Southampton. She said: "It’s been an incredible four years and I’m
Emily Hoad is a Marine Biologist and Oceanographer, bringing her considerable expertise to the SeaVax project with a dedicated study of the state of the art instrumentation that could be incorporated in a production SeaVax, also including higher end sensors for research and development purposes. She is working with the designers of the ocean cleaning craft to help improve the efficiency of the collection of marine plastic. Her mission is to define the objectives, help the engineers refine the existing filtration stages and improve and develop future feedback loops, so that SeaVax is able to read the ocean and tune itself to the plastic particles in the water, in the process identifying and bypassing marine life.
This is a gigantic undertaking for any organisation, but by applying her expertise as part of a team effort, and with equal enthusiasm from all the project members, Emily hopes to help the Foundation move the project on from the conceptual and development stages to the open sea as a prototype. One of the first tasks is to set up a marine biology laboratory on site near the tank testing facilities.
NETS - Fishing nets that are trapped on these beach timbers may look in keeping with this shoreline, but those nets soon break down into micro particles that will enter our food chain. Copyright © photographs, 31 July 2018. All rights reserved, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
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The SeaVax project encompasses many of the Sustainable Development Goals that the UN are hoping to achieve in one. To begin with Seavax is solar and wind powered, meeting SDG 7 aims and in the longer term SDG13, as in research into zero emission ocean transport. The objective is to develop the innovative technology (SDG9) to help in the fight alleviate hunger and provide food security (SDG2) and the vessels clean rivers and oceans (SDG6). Lastly, WOAA sits well with SDG17 in that the proposed World Ocean AntiPlastic Alliance encourages international cooperation in seeking to clean the oceans as per SDG14.
CHALK CLIFFS - The famous cliffs on the south coast of England looking across to France. This secluded beach, leading up the the Seaford Head nature reserve looked free of plastic waste, but on closer inspection, even here we found several familiar single use plastic bottles. Copyright © photographs, 31 July 2018. All rights reserved, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd and Emily Hoad.
PLASTIC BOTTLES - All the usual culprits. We spotted these household names on the beach at Exceat near Seaford Head on the south coast of England. Companies who sell goods in plastic containers could offset their plastic footprints by contributing to our ocean research. Copyright © photographs, 31 July 2018. All rights reserved, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
EMILY ON LINKEDIN - Emily was born in Hong Kong with 14 years expatriate upbringing in Dubai, U.A.E. She Recently (July 2018) graduated with BSc double honours in Marine Sciences.
- University of Southampton, Degree Name Bachelor of Science - BS
In her first year of Marine Biology at Southampton University, Emily travelled
to Dubai for the winter holidays and volunteered in the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. For two weeks
she was an assistant aquarist, aiding the running and maintenance of both large and small
Proficiency In Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
Proficiency In Personal Survival Techniques
AWARE - Fish Identification Underwater
DoE Gold Award DoE Silver Award
DoE Bronze Award Endeavour Prize 2008 Winner
Health and Safety Level 2 Primary & Secondary Care
CPR(BLS)/First Aid - Adult
AWARENESS ART - Emily helped to spruce up one of our support vehicles, in this case a Ford Transit. The van will carry comestibles for the crew during ocean awareness events and during on site construction of the AmphiMax and SeaVax vehicles. Copyright © photographs, 17 August 2018. All rights reserved, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
WELDING - Emily is learning as she watches the engineers in the workshops. One day she may add welding to her skills base. Copyright © photograph 25 July 2018. All rights reserved, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
SURFING WAGON - Actually our tour bus undergoing some wiring checks before the weather turns nasty. One of Emily's favourite vehicles is the VW Kombi or Camper. She will be lending a hand on the paintwork once the body restoration is complete. The welding is completed. The skills she learns here will complement her existing drawing creativity. Copyright © photograph September 2018. All rights reserved, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
WHAT FUTURE OUR OCEANS? - The versatility of SeaVax™ is enhanced using a modular approach that helps us to develop these ocean going machines into an economic tool for the long-term prosperity of all fishing nations in the drive for a truly sustainable, circular economy. Copyright © photographs, 31 July 2018. All rights reserved, Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd.
Emily became involved in the SeaVax project in the summer of 2018. She will be helping to develop the filtration mechanism of SeaVax working with computer and instrument technologists to mesh biology with engineering in the quest to clean up our oceans without causing undue harm to marine organisms. Conservation is the name of the game.
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