COVID-19 & Marine Litter
Poorly discarded masks that were collected as part of marine litter during the International Coastal Cleanup 2020. Masks and other PPEs used in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic now contribute to the waste stream entering the oceans as an emerging type of litter.
Trawl Survey
Surface trawling survey done using a Manta trawl net fitted with a flow meter to capture the floating litter. Soft plastics, hard plastics, and plastic line/fibers form the most abundant group in floating litter samples.
Beach cleanup
International Coastal Cleanup 2020 carried out in Mkomani beach amidst the COVID-19 pandemic together with youth from Kazi Mtaani program. Six full sacks of marine litter were collected from a distance of 330metres, weighing approximately 90kg.
Litter Recovery
Litter recovery exercise along River Sabaki done through daily clean-ups at the beach and at different points along the river that were suspected to trap the litter. This was part of a tracking experiment done to monitor plastic litter movement in the river.

 KMFRI Marine debris volunteer program (KMDVP) is made up of a group of volunteers from Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and locals. It was established in April 2014 with an aim of spearheading coastal efforts to research, prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris to marine life and marine resource users. This programme relies heavily on volunteers and partnership with other government agencies and private sector to research, facilitate beach clean ups and promote behavior change of the general public through outreach and educational initiatives.