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SEA Currents: SEASCape


Jul

27

Trash Talk

Aidan Nicholas & Caitlyn Fitch, Tamalpais High School & Binghamton High School
SEA Semester

Today we had Jeffrey Brodeur come and speak to us about Marine Debris source and solution: It’s everyone's problem. This talk shared some quite interesting facts, such as 80% of Marine debris is onshore, whilst the other 20% is offshore, 60-80% of that being plastic. The debris gets into our ocean  by directly (intentionally) or indirectly (winds, storms, etc).

After the lecture was over, we headed out to the beach to get some hands-on experience with the debris. We learned what the most common types of debris and we ended up finding some debris such as bottle caps, food wrappers and ropes. An estimate of  2,117,931 cigarettes are found within debris that is found in the ocean. All of the debris gets caught up in the currents and would go where all of the currents intersect in the middle of the ocean, an example is the Pacific Trash Vortex.

How can we reduce marine debris? We can reduce, reuse, recycle, and use trash cans to keep the trash from going into our rivers/streams, which will eventually end up going into our ocean.

Today we learned a lot about Marine debris, and how they enter our oceans. We soon got to see the evidence of this, which really hits the argument home. After a long day we just chilled at the beach to soak up all the information we absorbed from our classes.

-Aidan & Caitlyn

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