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Vancouver paves roads with plastic | Local | News | Vancouver 24 hrs

Vancouver paves roads with plastic | Local | News | Vancouver 24 hrs | Marine Litter | Scoop.it

“It’s a relatively small amount to pay when you consider the enormous savings in greenhouse gases,” Judd said, adding the new mix is also noticeably less smelly.

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Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean

Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Microplastics -- microscopic particles of plastic debris -- are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.
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A new study of St. Petersburg waste water helps to manage microplastics - HELCOM News

A new study of St. Petersburg waste water helps to manage microplastics - HELCOM News | Marine Litter | Scoop.it

Microplastic litter is a growing concern; it harms the coastal and marine environments ecologically, economically as well as socially.

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Microplastics in bivalves cultured for human consumption

Microplastics in bivalves cultured for human consumption | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Microplastics are present throughout the marine environment and ingestion of these plastic particles (<1 mm) has been demonstrated in a laboratory setting for a wide array of marine organisms. H...
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, why can't we just clean it up? - SitNews

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, why can't we just clean it up? - SitNews | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
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And it's easy to see why: it conjures up a powerful image ... a vast vortex of human waste — plastic bags, tires, cans, barrels, you name it ...
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Gaye Rosier's curator insight, July 8, 6:51 AM

And that´s only what is still on the surface! Most of it sinks eventually, as we know from our Kenna Eco Diving weekly underwater cleanups for Project AWARE.

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'Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project' opens at the Design Museum in Gent

'Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project' opens at the Design Museum in Gent | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Our vast oceans are indecently filled with tons of plastic garbage. And it does not get better, on the contrary. The exhibition ‘Out to Sea? The
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All the world's oceans have plastic debris on their surface

All the world's oceans have plastic debris on their surface | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
The Malaspina Expedition, led by the Spanish National Research Council, has demonstrated that there are five large accumulations of plastic debris in the open ocean that match with the five major twists of oceanic surface water circulation. In addition to the known accumulation of plastic waste in the North Pacific, there are similar accumulations in the central North Atlantic, the South Pacific, the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.
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Dolphin Death is a Reminder to Protect Marine Life | News & Press

Dolphin Death is a Reminder to Protect Marine Life | News & Press | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
One of the oldest dolphins in Sarasota Bay died on June 7 after ingesting fishing gear. This loss serves as a reminder to protect marine life while enjoying our coastal waters and beaches on July 4 and year 'round. (Tips below)

The 58-year-old female dolphin Squiggy was recovered dead and examined by staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Squiggy was emaciated and she had three large fishing hooks in her stomach and one in her mouth that was attached to 11 feet of heavy monofilament line, along with healed scars from previous entanglements. She was known to spend time near Venice, including areas with frequent boat traffic.

Squiggy was first identified in September 1980 and was documented 267 times since then by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) – a collaboration between Mote Marine Lab and Chicago Zoological Society. SDRP staff have continued monitoring Squiggy’s descendants, who have also suffered human interactions. Squiggy’s daughter died in 2012 from ingesting recreational fishing gear, and the daughter’s six-month-old calf died several weeks later from losing her mom. Squiggy’s first grand-calf died from entanglement in a crab trap’s float line.

Currently, the dolphins of Sarasota Bay are at the height of calving season. Five babies have been born this year and one was lost for unknown reasons. During this time of year, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant for dolphins.

Manatees are also on the move for reproduction and foraging, and sea turtles are swimming just offshore to mate and coming ashore to nest.

All marine mammals and sea turtles are protected by federal law, and all the species living along southwest Florida face significant risks from human interactions.

According to Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program — a 24-hour response service for marine mammal and sea turtles in Sarasota and Manatee counties — about 25-30 percent of all animals rescued or recovered by Program staff were affected by human interactions such as boat strikes and fishing gear. Typically, dolphins are more likely to be harmed by fishing gear and sea turtles are more likely to be struck by boats.



Tips for Protecting Marine Life

Boaters:


Follow Coast Guard-approved safe boating guidelines and use vigilance to avoid striking marine animals.
Wear polarized sunglasses to see marine life in your path.
Follow posted signs for slow-speed zones.
Follow 10 dolphin-friendly fishing and viewing tips. Click here for a PDF. (These tips were made with dolphins in mind, but they're also great guidelines for the best ways to view all large marine animals.)
Never feed marine wildlife. Click here to watch a PSA about why it’s harmful and illegal to feed wild dolphins: www.dontfeedwilddolphins.org.
Stow trash and line when under way. Marine debris that accidentally blows overboard or out of a truck can become ingested by or entangled around marine life. 
If you observe a manatee mating herd - several manatees gathered as males vie to mate with a female - watch the manatees from at least 100 feet away. Coming any closer might disrupt the animals' natural mating behavior or put people into harm's way. Adult manatees typically weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds and people can be seriously injured.


Beachgoers:

Sea turtle nesting season takes place from May 1-Oct. 31 on Southwest Florida beaches. Each day of the season, Mote scientists and volunteers patrol 35 miles of Sarasota County beaches, from Longboat Key through Venice, to document sea turtle nesting.

On the nesting beaches, light from waterfront properties can disorient nesting female turtles and their young, which emerge at night and use dim natural light to find the sea. Also, beach furniture, trash and other obstacles can impede sea turtles and their young.

Here are some “do and don’t” tips to keep our beaches turtle-friendly:


DO stay away from sea turtle nests marked with yellow stakes and tape, and seabird nesting zones that are bounded by ropes.
DO remain quiet and observe from a distance if you encounter a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings.
DO shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible on the beach from May through October.
DO close drapes after dark and stack beach furniture at the dune line or, ideally, remove it from the beach
DO fill in holes that may entrap hatchlings on their way to the water.
 
DON’T approach nesting turtles or hatchlings, make noise, or shine lights at turtles.
DON’T use flashlights, head lamps or fishing lamps on the beach.
DON’T encourage a turtle to move while nesting or pick up hatchlings that have emerged and are heading for the water.
DON’T use fireworks on the beach.
DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota County beach other than Brohard Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must be leashed or under voice control, according to county ordinances.


How to Report Marine Life in Distress

Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program responds 24 hours a day, seven days a week to reports of sick, injured and dead marine mammals and sea turtles for animals in Sarasota and Manatee county waters. Live animals are brought to Mote’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital or Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital and deceased animals undergo a detailed post-mortem examination to help reveal the natural history of these animals and evaluate long-term trends in mortality.

Within Sarasota or Manatee county waters, if you see a stranded or dead dolphin, whale or sea turtle, please call Mote's Stranding Investigations Program at (941) 988-0212.

If you see a stranded or dead manatee anywhere in state waters or a stranded or dead dolphin, whale or sea turtle outside of Sarasota or Manatee counties, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 1 (888) 404-FWCC (3922).

The public can also report stranded marine mammals in the Southeastern U.S. using the smartphone app Dolphin & Whale 911.
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Plastic garbage on ocean's surface is vanishing. Where is it going?

Plastic garbage on ocean's surface is vanishing. Where is it going? | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Large amounts of the plastic debris littering the ocean's surface seems to be disappearing. But scientists are at a loss to explain where it's going.
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Kenya: How Dangerous Plastic Waste Ends On Dinner Tables - UNEP (Page 1 of 3)

Kenya: How Dangerous Plastic Waste Ends On Dinner Tables - UNEP (Page 1 of 3) | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Poorly disposed plastics are slowly poisoning the world's food chain, the United Nations Environment Programme has warned in two new reports that might boost plans by Nairobi County to ban thin plastic bags in the city.
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Millimeter-Sized Marine Plastics: A New Pelagic Habitat for Microorganisms and Invertebrates

Millimeter-Sized Marine Plastics: A New Pelagic Habitat for Microorganisms and Invertebrates | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Millimeter-sized plastics are abundant in most marine surface waters, and known to carry fouling organisms that potentially play key roles in the fate and ecological impacts of plastic pollution.
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New Plastic That Could Reduce Pollution

New Plastic That Could Reduce Pollution | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Just a few months ago Dr. Jeanette Garcia, a researcher at IBM’s Amalden Research Center in San Jose, created a new plastic that could help reduce pollution. According to her, it all happened by ac...
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One man's garbage is another man's ... house?

One man's garbage is another man's ... house? | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Can garbage be used as an eco-material to construct a house? Such is the intriguing premise behind the recently-completed Waste House project, which is beli...
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185 projects planned to reduce marine litter | Packaging World

185 projects planned to reduce marine litter | Packaging World | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Plastics industry joins together to find solutions to tackle plastics in the marine environment. With 2014 annual progress report comes news of 185...
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Ship-2-Shore Education Program - Algalita Marine Research and Education

Ship-2-Shore Education Program - Algalita Marine Research and Education | Marine Litter | Scoop.it

“An hour and a half on the bow netting selectively. Way too much to net it all. Bottle caps most common. Still hundreds of miles from the center of the Eastern Garbage Patch. Crew is fine, but quantity of debris is extremely depressing.” - Charlie

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Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench

Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s been the mantra among the environmentally conscious for the last 25 years. This hour – an in-depth exploration of recycling
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Brussels says 2030 deadline, 30% reduction for marine litter - Environment - ANSAMed.it

Brussels says 2030 deadline, 30% reduction for marine litter - Environment - ANSAMed.it | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Brussels says 2030 deadline, 30% reduction for marine litter, 'Not enough' say environmental organizations, The European Commission wants to reduce marine litter by 30% for 2030, but its proposal is "not enough" for environmental activists, who are asking for more stringent measures including a narrower deadline., Environment, Ansa
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Microbeads, Polluting Waterways, Banned By Industry - Water Online (press release)

Microbeads, Polluting Waterways, Banned By Industry - Water Online (press release) | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Microbeads, Polluting Waterways, Banned By Industry Water Online (press release) "Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on 'microbeads' – tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such...
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Research voyage finds plastic in remote Atlantic waters

Research voyage finds plastic in remote Atlantic waters | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
SANTA CRUZ >> A 20-day research voyage from Bermuda to Iceland has revealed plastic pollution in remote waters never before sampled.
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Ocean's nasty plastic garbage is disappearing: What's going on?

Ocean's nasty plastic garbage is disappearing: What's going on? | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Plastic seems to be disappearing from the world's oceans, and scientists are not sure why.
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99 Percent Of Ocean Trash is Missing; Scientists Worry the Plastic Has Reached the Food Chain - weather.com

99 Percent Of Ocean Trash is Missing; Scientists Worry the Plastic Has Reached the Food Chain - weather.com | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
A new report shows most of the trash that's expected to be in the world's oceans has gone missing, and scientists are concerned about where it went.
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OSPAR commits to reducing marine litter and protecting vulnerable species and habitats in the North-East Atlantic - OSPAR News - Press Office - OSPAR Commission

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Biggest, Baddest Microplastics Survey

Biggest, Baddest Microplastics Survey | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
Jordan Holsinger is our Scientific Manager and also manages the ASC microplastics project . He recently traveled to Monterey, California, to meet the participants of the Great Pacific Race , the...
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'Valuing Plastic' Illustrates Critical Need for Companies to Disclose Data on Plastic Use | Sustainable Brands

'Valuing Plastic' Illustrates Critical Need for Companies to Disclose Data on Plastic Use | Sustainable Brands | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
The research, by the Plastic Disclosure Project, Trucost and UNEP, is the first-ever assessment of the environmental costs of plastic.
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Marine Litter | Surfers Against Sewage

Marine Litter | Surfers Against Sewage | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
SAS is working at community, corporate and Government level to tackle the growing tide of marine litter that washes up on UK beaches every year. The rapidly rising number of SAS beach cleans help directly remove marine...
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Illinois Bans Plastic Microbeads from Personal Care Products

Illinois Bans Plastic Microbeads from Personal Care Products | Marine Litter | Scoop.it
By: Nancy Wallace This month, Illinois became the first state to ban the production, manufacture, or sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads. The industry-supported ban comes a...
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