Marine Debris 101: a new site with lots of info and photos

Learn more about Marine Debris and what you CAN do to make a difference about this problem.

For all ages including students and young ones.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Web Education Site - "Marine Debris 101"
Ocean Conservancy e-newsletter 29 Feb 08;

Marine Debris 101 Program LogoNOAA has a new educational section of its website created to inform the public on general information about marine debris, including its sources, impacts and solutions.

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration has worked with its partners to create an Internet-based educational campaign for marine debris awareness and prevention located on the homepage of the NOAA Marine Debris Program website.

Products, tailored to specific audiences such as beachgoers, fishermen, boaters, and students, include an expanded photo database for use by the general public as well as a fun Children's Activity Book. There is also a section designed especially for educators, with a curriculum designed for students K-12.

Visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website to experience Marine Debris 101 and learn more about the Program: http://www.marinedebris.noaa.gov/

Some marine debris facts

  • The majority of marine debris comes from people's mishandling of waste materials while on land.
  • How long does it take these to break down in the environment?
    • A glass bottle=one million years
    • An aluminum can=80 to 200 years
    • A plastic bag=10 to 20 years
    • A cigarette filter=1 to 5 years
    • A newspaper=6 weeks


There's also a gallery of the impacts of marine debris...


In Singapore, the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) supports the Ocean Conservancy's work on marine debris in Singapore. Visit their blog and website to find out more about what you can do in Singapore.

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