Teachers on the Estuary Get a Marine Debris Experience
This research and field-based training program improves teachers’ understanding of the environment using local research and promotes the stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. This year the workshop was dedicated to exploring estuaries and the challenges of sea level rise and marine debris. Caitlin Wessel, Gulf of Mexico Regional Coordinator for the MDP, taught 15 educators about different types of marine debris that impact the Gulf Coast and the NERR provided teachers with supplies to take marine debris activities back to their classroom. The field event included a visit to the site of an MDP Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant project, where the NERR recently removed 6 derelict vessels and replanted the marsh. The teachers paddled out to the site, conducted a plankton tow, and processed the sample by picking through to identify plankton, algae, and microplastics.
For more information, contact Caitlin.Wessel@noaa.gov.