Clear Blue Sea’s Mission is to Cleanse Waterways and Oceans of Pollution

Clear Blue Sea is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in San Diego, California. Our team is made up of over 100 volunteers, interns, and mentors.

We are committed to removing pollution from rivers, bays, lakes and oceans with innovative, unmanned and robotic solutions.

Meet FRED –
Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris

The Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris (FRED) is Clear Blue Sea’s innovative solution for removing floating debris from rivers, bays, lakes and the ocean.

FRED is an unmanned, solar powered marine vessel capable of harvesting floating pollution.

Clear Blue Sea has developed four FRED Prototypes and in 2021 began the Pilot Phase.

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Our organization is staffed with passionate volunteers, student interns, and mentors across our product development, marketing, and corporate management teams.

Department Leads

Marco Nuñez

Engineering Director

Megan Benak

HR Advisor

Board of Directors

Joyce Tang

Board President
Acting Executive Director

Jessica Gottdank

Board VP, Treasurer

Emilio Vargas

Board Secretary 

Tim Perry

Susan Baer



Tom Lupfer

President, Clarity Design
USD Professor of Practice

Tony de Paolo

Senior Development Engineer
Scripps Institution

Jiang Fan

President, American Lithium Energy
Battery Technology Expert

Jennifer Brandon

Portfolio Manager, Climate & Poverty
King Philanthropies

Griffen Stapp


Scott Cuttrow

Attorney at Law
Private Practice

Stewart Halpern

Executive Consultant

Melissa Fischel

Education and Workforce Development Director
The Maritime Alliance

Julie Haugsness

Sustainability Director


Patrick Pelayo


Davis Porath

Business Manager


Business Analyst

Hyeseon Park

Accounting and Financial Analyst

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