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Check Out the New ‘Bow Seat Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition’!

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Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is launching their first Bow Seat Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition! Funded by a NOAA Marine Debris Program Prevention through Education and Outreach grant, this competition serves as a fun and exciting way to:

  1. Reduce or prevent marine debris by increasing public awareness about marine debris issues, and
  2. Carry out real-world projects to address these issues in local communities.

Interested? This competition is for any U.S. middle or high school student that cares about the issue of marine debris and wants to make a difference in their community. Students may enter either individually or as a group; that could be anything from a group of friends to your environmental science class! The challenge is to design, implement, and assess a creative marine debris advocacy project on your school’s campus or in your local community.

No idea where to start? Bow Seat’s website has many great examples to get your ideas flowing! In fact, check out the competition’s webpage for information on how to enter and answers to any of your competition questions. Entries are due June 19th, but get started and register early! Many projects will take some time to complete, so you do not want to leave it until the last minute. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2017 (and will receive some pretty great awards!).

Marine debris is preventable. Help prevent it by checking out the Bow Seat Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition and registering today!

A drawing of a duck inspecting marine debris on a shore, including a rubber duck.

Need some help brainstorming your creative advocacy project? Hosting a marine debris education art show is just one idea! Check out the competition’s webpage for more ideas and information. (Drawing titled “What the Duck,” by 2016 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest High School Bronze Award Winner Jessica Xia)

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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