In this Issue:
  • Microplastics Awareness Month
  • Lending a Helping Hand after Irma, Harvey, and other Hurricanes
  • The International Coastal Clean Up is Coming in September – how are we doing with marine debris in our area?
  • September is Microplastics Awareness Month
  • Marine debris

    Microplastics Awareness Month

    For almost 40 years, the Ocean Conservancy has held the International Coastal Cleanup in September. Across the planet hundreds of thousands of volunteers clean marine debris from their shorelines.  The data collected is used by local agencies to manage this problem; such as discontinuing the use of pull tops from aluminum cans.  In the last …

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    Lending a Helping Hand after Irma, Harvey, and other Hurricanes

      Recent images of hurricane Irma and Harvey’s devastating impacts remind all of us living along the Gulf just how powerful tropical cyclones can be. There’s a Gulf of Mexico kinship we all feel. Even more today since Irma has put our Florida homes and cities in the news just like Harvey did a few …

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    The International Coastal Clean Up is Coming in September – how are we doing with marine debris in our area?

    People have been trying to do something about marine debris, and solid waste in general, since we saw the commercial of the crying Indian in the early ‘70’s. Have we made any improvement? Yes… but there are still problems to deal with.   Literally millions of tons of solid waste are produced and disposed of …

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    September is Microplastics Awareness Month

    Going along with the International Coastal Clean Up, UF/IFAS Extension will be promoting September as Microplastics Awareness month. If you have not heard, microplastics are small pieces of plastic < 5mm in diameter. Some are fragments from larger pieces of plastic that have been broken down by the elements, others are produced at that size …

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