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Marine Debris Program Presents Virtually to 90 Cadets from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

JUNE 22, 2020 — On June 6, Jennifer Simms, NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Communications and Education Specialist, presented virtually to 90 Cadets and four instructors.

Map of the US highlighting the Mississippi River watershed.
The Mississippi River Watershed is very large. Water within this watershed eventually drains into the Mississippi River and ultimately into the ocean. Image credit: National Park Service.

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps national is a non-profit youth leadership group hosting numerous online courses this summer due to the shutdown. Cadets, ages 10-13, have been learning about marine biology and host a guest speaker every Saturday. 

Cadets were located nationwide, and because of this, slides were added to the presentation about the important role inland states must play to lessen their contribution of marine debris and how a watershed can transport trash out to the ocean.  Students were engaged with the presentation and used a half hour to ask questions about marine debris. Questions ranged from “what exactly is the garbage patch and can you really walk across it”, to “is the Titanic an abandoned and derelict vessel, therefore making it marine debris?”

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Last updated Monday, June 29, 2020 8:42am PDT