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Tranquility Interrupted

When one goes on a seaside vacation, one looks forward to a relaxing time complete with a stroll on idyllic beaches.  Unfortunately, this wasn't the case during a weekend visit to Block Island where an invigorating walk turned into a beach cleanup. 

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Fish Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

On August 21, 2017, Environmental Coastal & Offshore (ECO), published an article explaining that small fish are driven by scent to eat plastic.

"When a small fish, like an anchovy, is eaten by a larger predator, whatever is in that smaller fish extends up the entire food chain. That’s why it’s important for us to understand why more than fifty marine species seem driven to ingest plastic debris."

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Partnership Between Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and NAMEPA

“Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to partner with NAMEPA to bring together leaders from the estuarine protection and restoration sector, and the shipping and maritime industry. This partnership will foster collaboration in tackling some of our coasts’ most pressing challenges and provide a strong foundation working towards protecting our coastal systems, resources, and economies. The nexus between our two organizations provides a natural platform for our partnership and we look forward to working with NAMEPA.” Jeff Benoit, President and CEO.

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“World Aquariums Against Marine Litter” Launched in Europe

10 million tonnes of litter end up in the oceans every year. That is one garbage truck per minute, 400 kilos per second. Millions of marine animals die every year because of marine litter, including sea birds, seals, whales, dolphins and turtles. In some areas, micro plastics already outnumber plankton by six to one. And the prospects for the future look grim: by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the seas and 99% of seabirds could have ingested plastic.

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Marina Cleanup Day: Collaboration and Pollution Prevention

     268,940 tons of plastic float through the world’s oceans, spreading, accumulating, and being swallowed or absorbed. A group of researchers led by Markus Eriksen of the Five Gyres Institute in LA made this estimate in 2014. 5.25 trillion plastic particles are sitting in the ocean, they wrote in their paper, which was the first ever estimate for the total amount of plastic in the ocean.

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