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Banning Plastic Bags

Single-use disposable plastic bags are causing more harm than good for the environment. Even though they are convenient to carry groceries, they are anything but convenient for the planet. When improperly disposed of, a plastic bag can easily be carried by the wind to our oceans. Due to their lightweight design, even if it was thrown out far from water, it can still end up in the sea.

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NAMEPA Releases Marine Industry Learning Guide: Educating the Public on the Value of the Marine Industry

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is excited to announce that our newest educational resource, the Marine Industry Learning Guide, is now available for free download. This guide was created for anyone looking to educate others, whether in a formal or non-formal setting, on the importance of the marine industry in our everyday lives as we strive to bridge the gap between commerce and conservation. The activities provided in this comprehensive resource will aid in increasing awareness of the marine industry's dedication to the health and safety of its crew, the environment and its fleet.

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How Ballast Water is Affecting the Maritime Industry and Marine Environment Today

Ballast water is one of the most prominent topics in the maritime industry today. It spans the shipping industry, the environmental community, and the actions of maritime industry policymakers. Because it is so far reaching, it is important to understand not only what ballast water is, but how it affects the marine environment and maritime industry.

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UNCW NAMEPA celebrates World Ocean Day!

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s newly formed chapter of UNCW NAMEPA helped celebrate World Ocean Day at a special event on campus June 8th. UNCW NAMEPA’s leadership participated in the event to help educate families in the community. We had a great time with the families who came to this special event! We were able to teach people of all ages how long certain types of trash remain in the ocean by having them play a matching game thanks to supplies provided by NAMEPA and Marine Quest.

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USCG Auxiliary Division 9 Adopts a Shoreline

On 03 March, three members of Division 9, braved a brisk and windy but sunny morning to pick up trash and litter along a segment of shoreline at the New Hope Overlook ramps on Jordan Lake.  Perry Taylor, 09-11, Sankey Blanton, 09-08, and Jim Frei, 09-11 spent about 90 minutes tromping through shrubs, woods, riprap, and briers retrieving trash that accumulates along the shoreline.  With high winds blowing directly into the cove, a big load of trash was expected, but a lot less was found.  This same segment of shoreline was picked over last November when the lake level was down four feet, so a lot of trash had already been removed.  Only three bags were collected during this event.  We have observed that less trash is accumulating along this shoreline over the past several years.  However, we are still seeing too much styrofoam.  The Division 9 segment does not get a lot of bank fishermen, so we don’t see much abandoned fishing line or plastic bait cups.

Strange to think that a little straw can be threatening. . .

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Skip the Straw to Save Our Seas

Every day, Americans use 500,000,000 plastic straws and then throw them away.  Arranging these straws end-to-end would create a line of plastic over sixty-two thousand miles long. That is enough to circle the Earth 2.5 times per day!  These single-use plastic straws are threatening our health, environment, oceans, and sea life.

Strange to think that a little straw can be threatening. . .

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