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La Jolla native launches OpenOceans app to provide mapping tool for plastic pollution
Know a beach littered with plastic? There’s something you can do about it.
“Ocean guy” Carl Nettleton and his company OpenOceans Global have developed a community-focused app that provides a platform for coastal citizens to report waste-fouled beaches. The provided data is shared with local organizations who can help the situation.
After a childhood in La Jolla and an education at La Jolla High School that left him with an appreciation for the ocean, self-proclaimed “ocean guy” Carl Nettleton has spent most of his adult life working to protect it.
Most recently, his company OpenOceans Global launched an app July 10 that enables users to report accumulations of plastic debris on beaches and get that information to organizations that are working to address the problem.
Users of OpenOceans’ online map and survey (openoceans.org/trash-survey) can mark the location of a plastic-fouled beach, upload an image and provide additional information about that section of coastline. If known, users can provide the source of the plastic and what is being done to mitigate the problem.
Preview text: Ashley Mackin-Solomon, July 14, 2022, La Jolla Light