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Marine Debris Education and Awareness

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I. Project Title
Marine Debris Awareness Video

II. Project Description:
Due to the lack of staff in NOAA’s Pacific Region Office and the busy schedule of those working in the program, outreach efforts are not as effective as they need to be. The media also presents a flawed portrayal of marine debris and it has become the main source of information for many people. Two students, one on international exchange, are working on a project to create a short informational video that addresses the misinformation and shows the reality of marine debris and how to help.

III. Problem Statement:
It is our responsibility to protect the ocean from anthropogenic harms that could negatively alter our world in our lifetime and for future generations. Our mismanagement of debris, such as plastics, and our lack of action preventing it have caused much debris to accumulate in the oceans and coasts today.

IV. Objective:
The main goal of the project is to create a medium for interactive educational awareness of marine debris.  The students will conclude with where to find more information and how to help. The plan is to address the media’s incorrect portrayal of marine debris, as well.

V. Methods and Procedures:
It is necessary to conduct background research on marine debris, local efforts to mitigate it, and best ways for the public to get involved. Tools needed for the project will include a video camera, editing software, and materials such as a sifter and pail to collect debris.  It is essential for the students to have good interpersonal skills, be hard working, and have a thirst for knowledge. They will be continually learning more about marine debris, local efforts, and local areas throughout the project.

VI. Schedule of Activities:
Week of September 30th to week of November 19th.

VII. Expected Outcomes
This contribution of a short, informative film will alleviate the issue of the lack of accurate information in the media today. Schools and organizations may use it as a supplement to their curriculum or on their website, as well as to the NOAA Marine Debris Program, so they can use it as a tool on their website. It will not solve the problem of marine debris, but it will educate the public so they can understand the problem and its effects and inspire them to get involved.

VIII. List of project materials and estimated budget
~$14

IX. Names and contact info of sponsor and group members
Carey Morishige
Carey.morishige@noaa.gov
808-532-3207

X. References
NOAA Marine Debris Website, http://marinedebris.noaa.gov
Carey Morishige

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