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NOAA Marine Debris Program Presents at the National Marine Educators Conference

JULY 29, 2019 — On July 23, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s (MDP) Northeast Regional Coordinator, Demi Fox, and Communications and Education Specialist, Jennifer Simms, led a workshop titled: How to Talk Trash: Lessons from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program at the annual National Marine Educators Association conference at the University of New Hampshire. 

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Demi presents on MDP-funded projects in the Northeast Region to attendees at a National Marine Educators Association conference. Image credit: NOAA.

Demi kicked off the presentation with a brief introduction to marine debris, updates on MDP-funded projects led by partners in the Northeast Region, and instructions on how to download free education resources available on the MDP’s website. The workshop attendees then divided into small groups, some examining debris collected from a beach in Rockport, Massachusetts with Demi, while others worked with Jenn to brainstorm ways their students might use this data to share messages of debris prevention.

The educators had many great questions, and the MDP team is looking forward to continuing these conversations after the conference concludes.

For more information, please contact Demi.Fox@noaa.gov or Jennifer.Simms@noaa.gov.

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Workshop attendees examine marine debris removed from a beach in Rockport, Massachusetts. Image credit: NOAA.