Preliminary tests of the bubble barrier have shown it to be capable of ushering 80 percent of the canal’s plastic waste to its banks. T he Great Bubble Barrier / YouTube screenshot The scourge of plastic waste that washes up on once-pristine beaches and finds its way into the middle of the ocean often starts on land, is dumped in rivers and canals, and gets carried out to sea. At the current rate, marine plastic is predicted to outweigh all the fish in the seas by 2050, according to Silicon Canals . Now, a Dutch start-up has launched a barrier device to remove plastic from canals and rivers while allowing fish to swim right through, as The Guardian reported. The Great Bubble Barrier , an innovative start-up, teamed up with the Amsterdam municipal government and the regional water board to launch their device last week in Amsterdam’s Westerdok Canal, at the tip of city’s historic canal belt. The canal is an ideal starting point since it empties into the IJ river, which feeds the North Sea Canal and then the North Sea, as Silicon Canals reported. "This is an important milestone," said Francis Zoet, co-founder of The Great Bubble […]

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