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OR&R Exhibits at 12th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival

FEB. 20, 2024 — The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary held its twelfth annual International Film Festival, showcasing ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world. On January 26-27, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program’s Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, Haley Dalian, exhibited at the festival to engage with the public and filmmakers about marine debris in the region. 

OR&R staff in front of NOAA's Marine Debris Program's booth.
OR&R's booth on the NOAA Marine Debris Program at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's International Film Festival.

This year’s films ranged from animated shorts to feature-length documentaries, and included themes about ocean and Great Lakes conservation, research, archeology, connection, and more. Marine debris-focused films included Bottle Cap and PLSTC

Located in Lake Huron off the Michigan coast, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary was the nation's first national marine sanctuary designated in the Great Lakes, and is home to nearly 100 historic shipwrecks. Derelict mooring lines, chains, and cinder blocks are known macro debris in the sanctuary. However, the establishment of a seasonal mooring buoy system has promoted responsible recreation and helped prevent further debris accumulation.

The NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Museum in Alpena, MI, where the main festival events took place, features many interactive and educational elements for visitors. One feature is a large marine debris display, specific to the Great Lakes and funded by NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.

Last updated Friday, February 23, 2024 11:20am PST