Each year, MESA runs Seaweek to promote educational issues of relevance to the marine environment. In 2012, the theme is Marine Debris
- Identify marine debris as a major type of pollution. Investigate marine debris at a local beach or waterway.
- Analyse marine debris data and suggest possible sources.
- Communicate findings to the school and community.
- Examine consumption habits and subsequent impacts of marine debris on the environment, specifically relating to plastics.
- Increase awareness of human activities that contribute to marine debris, highlighting the disconnection between consumption patterns and environmental issues/problems
- Focus on ways that people can help the problems caused by marine debris.
Marine debris is litter that has deliberately or accidentally become afloat in a lake, sea, ocean or waterway. It tends to be built up by circular ocean currents and is often washed ashore.
What can you expect from MESA during Seaweek 2012?
- Provide background information on Marine Debris - types, sources, locations, environmental imapcts;
- Suggest ways we can reduce the amount of Marine Debris;
- Provide activities for students related to marine debris.
How can you get involved in Seaweek 2012?
There are many ways you can become involved:
- Participate in activities organised by your state or territory MESA councilors
- Organise your own school or community events, e.g. Marine debris beach cleanups, reef or rock pool walks, snorkeling, talks by scientists – let us advertise on these on the MESA website
- Make use of the many activities and resources which will be available on the website.
- become a MESA member and contribute to this organisation
- Share a lesson and activity ideas via the MESA site / facebook page
- Promote your local clean up events
- Organise a local event if one doesn’t already exist!
|The International Oceanographic Commission has identified marine debris, as one of the five major marine pollutants.