Monday, March 8, 2021

Marine Debris in the Northeast

Earth Day 2021 is Thursday, April 22.

Marine Debris is a severe problem in World Oceans, & in Rivers, Lakes, Ponds & Streams throughout planet Earth. 

This Earth Day, make a pledge to work to reverse this problem or at least to do no harm.

Join local beach or riverside-waterside clean up by searching for these cleanup events online or in your local newspaper. These events are fun
& they do help!

MARINE DEBRIS in the NORTHEAST--This region includes Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

With an urbanized coastline and diverse coastal habitats that support both valuable fisheries and protected species, marine debris has extensive impacts on the economy and the environment in the Northeast. Lost, abandoned, or discarded fishing gear can unintentionally trap fish, lobsters, and other wildlife, which threatens the survival of protected and endangered species. In addition, trash from urban areas is often carried to the ocean, littering beaches and sensitive marine ecosystems.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program, in partnership with local agencies, non-governmental organizations, and coastal and fishing communities, aims to prevent and reduce marine debris in the Northeast through education, research, and removal projects, as well as response to large debris events.

Excerpted from NOAA website:

Link to TRASH TALK: What is marine debris?  -- A 2-minute video, suitable for school classroom viewing.
A longer, award-winning video suitable for classroom viewing:

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