In total since we started our clean ups, we have collected over 10000kg of trash at our events – that’s the equivalent of more than 8 average-sized cars!
The map below shows in detail what we have collected at some of the ocean trash hot spots in Aker Brygge where we hold our regular volunteer events (map data from 12th July 2021 onwards).
A shockingly large proportion of the rubbish we pulled out of the fjord was electric scooters and in protest to the dismissive response we received from these irresponsible companies, we created this guerilla art electric scooter sculpture in Sukkerbiten, Oslo.
UPDATE: Recently this artwork mysteriously disappeared… but fear not, ScooterTron 2.0 is on the horizon!
Of course, clearing trash is only part of the story; it is also important that we restore and revitalise the marine ecosystem of Oslo Fjord.
So when Hans Jørgen Hamre of Oslo Fjordhage managed to locate and retrieve some precious Sugarkelp from Oslo Fjord we jumped at the chance to get a head start on one of our stage 3 goals to implement natural cleaning solutions by growing seaweed.
We lovingly cared for “McWeed” for many months under the floating saunas at Oslo Fjord Spa before it was big enough to ship to Trondheim. The amazing folks at Seaweed Solutions managed to induce fertility and do a spore release and we are planning to deploy this winter. A great team effort! Watch this space for exciting updates on McWeed!
Marinereparatørene have worked tirelessly for many years to establish a lobster conservation area in Inner Oslo Fjord and share many of our goals to clean and repair. Earlier this year, in conjunction with Bymiljøetaten, we planted some lobster houses supplied by Marinereparatørene.