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Did you know? There are currently over 5.25 trillion pieces of trash & plastic in the World’s Oceans.
Our oceans are littered and wildlife is being destroyed by massive amounts of plastic pollution. One can easily see on most exposed shorelines, floating garbage patches that form in oceanic gyres. These gyres are massive circular currents of water formed by global wind patterns and forces created by the earth’s rotation where the floating debris is concentrated.
The plastic and marine debris breaks down into tiny bits that are ingested by fish, birds, turtles and other marine species such as endangered whales and seals, which often die from entanglement or blocked digestive systems. Attempts to clean the plastic debris up have proven challenging, so a new tactic is being employed. Conservation groups are working together to identify the sources of ocean plastic so that companies that produce it can be pressured — or shamed — into changing their packaging.
Hannah Bernard is a marine biologist with 35 years of experience in research, education and community outreach on protected marine life. Her proactive approach to wildlife recovery with the non-profit, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, is devoted to the protection of Hawaii’s fragile marine ecosystem and inhabitants through research, education, and advocacy.
Waterman Campbell Farrell became attracted to Maui’s challenging ocean conditions while on a 3-year round-the-world adventure. Recognized locally as a talented windsurfer, surfer, and paddler, Campbell was among the pioneers who tow-surfed Peahi (AKA “Jaws”). In 2010, he met Captain Hayden Smith and co-created the non-profits Love the Sea and Ocean Aid Hawaii. The goal was to build awareness and help raise funds for nonprofit groups who combat plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
Hannah and Campbell are planning to discuss local clean up efforts plus global environmental and wildlife conservation groups who collect and identify the sources of plastic pollution in our oceans. Hannah will discuss the impact that plastic waste has on wildlife and Campbell will discuss cleanup efforts and public awareness campaigns in progress. Please join us.
What: Akakū Upstairs presents: Ocean Plastic Pollution – Cleaning it Up & Stopping it at the Source with Hannah Bernard and Campbell Farrell
Where: 333 Dairy Rd. Ste. 204 Kahului, HI 96732
When: Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 6 pm – 7:30 pm