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Marine Debris

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Lyn Harris

on 6 July 2015

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Transcript of Marine Debris

What is Marine Debris?
Top 10
marine debris items
How does marine debris
become
marine debris?
IMPACTS
Beach goers
Thousands of people visit US beaches annually
Leave behind
food packaging
beverage containers
cigarette butts
toys (shovels, frisbees)
Wind, waves & rain
True or False?

littering
wind
storm drains
ocean!
Most marine debris in the ocean comes from land-based sources.
Hawaii
entanglement
ingestion
drowning
Why does marine life get hurt?
curiosity
food
covers & breaks coral
activity
lighter
What do we do?
We work with seafarers, port communities and students
Educate people about marine environment protection
Mission: "Save Our Seas"
John Johnson, ONEBREATHPHOTO.COM
Paul Souders, CORBIS
Aruba
We should care because...
True! In fact...
of marine debris washes out to sea from beach litter or is carried out by rivers
80%
How can
YOU
help?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
advocate
educate
activate
Also...
Eyesore
Costs communities and industries money
Not safe
Participate in a cleanup!
ACTIVITY
What's a Gyre?
How Long Does it Take?
Activity:
Aluminum Cans?
50-200 years
Plastic Bags?
15 years
Cigarette filters?
1-50 years
Plastic Bottles?
450 years
Glass Bottles?
1,000+ years
There is no "Away"
What happens to trash when it's thrown away and not recycled?
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