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Southeast Region: Marine Debris Prevention

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By: Leah Henry

These southeast marine debris prevention projects take on debris of all sizes, educate diverse audiences, and hope to stop debris at its source.

Project SORT – University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (UGA MAREX)

Project SORT hosted a rigorous four-day marine debris workshop filled with presentations and activities that the 20 participating educators can share with their classrooms. This project also provided 350 students with a unique, hands-on experience to learn about local environmental issues by participating in UGA MAREX-guided marine debris cleanups. Three clear column displays, filled with marine debris collected by those students, were also created and are now on display at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center to educate the public about local marine debris issues and prevention.

To learn more about this marine debris prevention project visit our website.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

FWC organizes marine debris cleanups, derelict trap removals, and has participated in 13 outreach and education events to-date. They will continue to provide derelict lobster and stone crab gear education materials for the public throughout 2015 and the suite of lobster biology and fishery history materials that FWC developed will be available on the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s website and shared widely through social media.

To learn more about this marine debris prevention project visit our website.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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