Though the issue of marine debris is well known on marine coasts only recently have researchers discovered that the lower Great Lakes contain higher quantities of plastic particles than amounts found in the world’s oceans. Join us in Ann Arbor, MI on April 7 and 8, 2016 for an overview of current research on the presence and distribution of marine debris, especially plastic, in the Great Lakes, as well as potential impacts on water quality and wildlife health. In addition to research updates, NOAA Marine Debris staff will highlight the recently released Great Lakes Land-based Marine Debris Action Plan, and Alliance for the Great Lakes staff will share data on what types and quantities of debris have been collected around the basin since 1991.
Day two will allow Sea Grant outreach and education staff to review current strategies and determine gaps for outreach geared toward specific audiences, (e.g.: clean marinas, anglers, educators and students, etc.), and also to identify potential funding options for a basin-wide outreach effort.
This overview of current research, along with the framework for strategic action that the Great Lakes Land-based Marine Debris Action Plan provides, and the insight into what types of trash are collected through the Alliance’s Adopt-A-Beach program will provide workshop participants with the background necessary to develop an effective, far-reaching outreach and education program in the Great Lakes region.
This training, funded through a National Sea Grant Office Special Project Conferences and Workshops competition, will provide travel assistance to Great Lakes Sea Grant staff who wish to attend. A special thank you to Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant staff for assistance with program development.
Download training application here!