Launch a robot to capture plastic from the ocean

Robot that capture plastic from the ocean

WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue have launched an autonomous marine robot in north Devon to help clear Ilfracombe harbour of waste. The WasteShark® will be roaming through distances of up to 5km of water, capturing plastics, microplastics, oils and other pollutants.

Every year, over 8 million tons of plastic makes its way into our oceans.



  • The WasteShark is pre-programmed with GPS points to ensure that it covers hotspots where waste gathers
  • It also collects data on water quality
  • It emits no carbon, produces no noise or light pollution, and poses no threat to wildlife.


  • Limited storage space for waste collected
  • Only captures waste floating on the surface of the ocean

Making a difference

If used five days a week the WasteShark can collect in excess of 15 tonnes of waste a year, with the plastic recycled to make products.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution