Plastic Planet: New Research and Solutions for the Ocean Trash Problem

Please join us on September 18 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day, and a deep dive into the issue of marine debris and ocean plastic pollution. 

“Plastic Planet” features insights from the voyages of 5 Gyres Institute.  5 Gyres Executive Director Anna Cummins and 5 Gyres Research Director Marcus Eriksen, via satellite communication from the South Pacific, will discuss preliminary results from the recent 5 Gyres Viking Gyre Expedition across the North Atlantic Gyre. The extent of the global issue of plastic pollution will be discussed, along with recent 5 Gyres Campaigns that encourage solutions.
Program highlights also include the work of SeaDoc Society’s California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project – one important aspect of a global issue.  As part of a project generously funded by Covanta and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Fishing for Energy Program, Aquarium of the Bay and Truth Be Told Creative are producing a short film about key aspects of the marine debris problem, and everyday actions we can all take to be part of the solution to plastic pollution.

Anna Cummins, 5 Gyres Executive Director, has over 10 years of experience in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction; and has participated in research expeditions in all five ocean gyres.  Anna received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. Anna and her husband, Marcus Eriksen, co-founded 5 Gyres in 2009 to research and communicate plastic pollution in the world’s ocean.
Since 2005, SeaDoc Society’s Jennifer Renzullo has been working with commercial fishermen, port managers, and other partners statewide to recover over 90 tons of lost fishing gear from California waters, and to plan for gear recycling stations to keep unwanted gear from becoming marine debris.  Jennifer is currently working with crab fishermen to help create a long-term and self-supporting gear recovery program operated by the Dungeness crab fishery.

DATE: Thursday, September 18, 2014

RECEPTION: 5:30 pm        PROGRAM: 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Bay Theater at Aquarium of the Bay

COST: $10 Includes 1 drink ticket and light fare.

  • $10.00

    Film and Lecture Series Admission

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