Emily Hoad, marine biologist and oceanographer


EASTBOURNE PIER - Emily is seen here on a lovely day when out looking at beaches along the south coast of England. Copyright photograph 31 July 2018 all rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture.



Emily Hoad is a marine biologist and oceanographer who worked for the Cleaner Ocean Foundation in 2018, a charity that is hoping to be able to persuade world leaders to work smarter on marine conservation, as per the objectives of SDG14 and 17. Unlike many women who care more about dry pursuits, Emily is happiest when in the water, or at least working to keep her favourite liquid clean for the sharks and rays she loves.


Emily drives a Nissan Micra for the economy it offers and low running costs, while her long time favored ride would be a Volkswagen Camper like the one being prepared by the Foundation for ocean awareness events in the UK. She is in good company. This is also one of Joss Stone's ideal carriages. She also fancies a Jeep Wrangler. Yup, she's got taste. We'll ignore the fuel economy on that one because the ride is so useful for surveys in hard to reach places, such as when conducting biological research.


Emily helped put together a list of equipment for the biology lab in the diagrams below. This facility may get the go ahead in 2019. Though, before that, there is a development programme planned for a quarter scale wind turbine rig designed to power the SeaVax in combination with solar panels. This will be accomplished with the help of a Belgian student in the second year of her Masters Degree in environmental engineering, to include robotic programming, hydraulic circuit design and stressing of a boom and mast that carries the turbine generators.




FACILITY LAYOUT - Diagram of the general layout of the COF's facilities in Sussex. One of the most important features of the water test tank is the underground holding tank that allows us to drain the test tank out and filter the water with each flush into the holding tank. The test tank is then filled again with filtered water, ready to be charged with plastic particles, marine biota or a mix of both. The whole operation takes less than 60 minutes, meaning that two or more experiments may be conducted every day, save where a machinery change is also necessary. The object being to find the best way of separating inanimate plastics from organics, to preserve life. Copyright © diagram September 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.




WORKTOPS & STORAGE - Proposed layout of the laboratory cupboards and overhead units are to be in acrylic white high gloss. The design is to give our marine biologists as much space for their experiments as is possible in a very compact unit, also to include good LED under cabinet and overhead lighting. Most of the above can be sourced from local builders suppliers such as Wickes. Copyright © diagrams September 17 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.



Apart from her good taste in fish and vehicles, Emily has helped in the design a marine biology laboratory, to include specifying the equipment needed to conduct experiments into plastic and biota separation, without harming marine life. Whether a pescetarian or you just want to be careful about the food you eat, it pays to have a good guide to seafood to stand a better chance of living a long and healthy life. Fish as part of a balanced diet is proven to prolong life, but not if laced with toxins. The Japanese, who enjoy more centenarians than any other country, eat a good deal of fish as part of the national cuisine. Japan currently has the greatest number of known centenarians of any nation with 67,824 according to their 2017 census, along with the highest proportion of centenarians at 34.85 per 100,000 people. Japan started recording its centenarians in 1963. The number of Japanese centenarians in that year was 153, but surpassed the 10,000 mark in 1998; 20,000 in 2003; and 40,000 in 2009.




2018 - Emily was given a crash course in bodywork restoration on this VW van. Progress on this element of an ocean awareness campaign has been slowed from a lack of funds. There is no shortage of enthusiasm from the volunteers who are doing work as they can. But there is hope of a cash injection to get things moving again for 2019 and 2020. Copyright photograph, September 2018, all rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture.



Cleaner Oceans Foundation Volkswagen tour bus repairs


WORK IN PROGRESS 2017 - This Volkswagen was 40 years old in 2018. Would you believe that? Forty years old and still working hard for the environment - or at least it will be once the paint has dried and a quality vinyl wrap design is applied. COF will use this classic vehicle for tours all over the UK and maybe even a few to Europe in the coming years. An engine overhaul was completed in 2018, with stainless steel valves, high flow oil pump, electronic ignition and chrome engine tinware. In June 2019 our expert body man is coming back to the project to help get the van spray painted.. Copyright photograph, 3 May 2017, all rights reserved. You will need the permission of Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd to reproduce this picture.



Greta Thunberg, Swedish schoolgirl 15 telling the United Nations to  secure her future


SERIOUS STUFF - We though that Emily was passionate about her work and that we were dedicated to lobbying against acid oceans and global warming, but then we heard about Greta Thunberg from Sweden. She's only 15 years old and seems to know more about climate change than most of the United Nations delegates put together. That may not be fair on those hard working politicians, but Greta knows that we have to act now and stop just talking about acting. We are running out of time, of that we have no doubt that Greta and all the other school children out on strike have a point. Even with autism as a potential blocker, she gives a good account of herself.


Greta is an inspiration to us all. This year the Cleaner Ocean Foundation have a lady student coming in for 3 months, who will be cutting metal, welding, calculating stresses on a raising and furling system and programming robotic controls for a quarter scale wind turbine rig for their SeaVax and Elizabeth Swan vessels. We'll be reporting more on that project in 2019 and 2020. We are sure that Miss Thunberg would approve. We hope she'd also appreciate the possibilities for cleaner ocean transport if the Elizabeth Swan can beat the record set by PlanetSolar in 2012.



The largest solar powered boat in the world as of January 2019


CLIMATE CHANGE - On the 4th of May 2012, history was made, as Raphael Domjan, at the helm of a giant of a catamaran powered only by solar panels crossed the finishing line at Monaco after 584 days at sea to become the first electric boat to sail around the world. MS Tūranor PlanetSolar, known under the project name PlanetSolar, was (@ 2018) the largest solar-powered boat in the world. The vessel was launched on the 31st March 2010, also going into the Guinness Book of World Records. The project was mostly financed by Immo Stroeher, the owner of the boat. Monaco is the start and finish line for a proposed world record attempt by the Elizabeth Swan - a vessel that is soon to hit a water test tank in Sussex for drag and sea handling capability experiments. If all goes well, the PlanetSolar would no longer be the biggest solar boat in the world. The British team are looking to shave at least 200 days off the current record, should funding from EU H2020 calls,  or maybe corporate partnerships come to fruition. Climate change from carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is responsible for acid oceans.



Ocean cleanup dustcart








LOOKING GOOD - There is no need to jack up this bus to remove the engine because a custom made tow bar replaces the lower bodywork. On VW vans there is a cross-member with rubber mounts that bolts to the rear of the engine casings in the center and chassis rails at the ends - so another couple of bolts to remove before we can inspect the engine bay for issues. There have been quite a few mods on this surf bus. Note the wide alloys on spacers to improve handling. Before those she was skittish in slippery conditions, especially in the snow. Copyright photograph 4 May 2017 and 7 November 2017, all rights reserved. Don't you just love that stainless steel exhaust. You will need the permission of Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd and/or the Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd to reproduce these pictures.



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