Learning about marine litter
Online, 31st March 2011. Understanding marine litter and how waste enters our oceans is crucial in order to better realise the sorts of solutions that can tackle the problem – new materials uploaded to learn2sea.org provide a great opportunity to find out more.
Learn2sea.org, a project of Seas At Risk, is a dedicated online portal for marine environmental educational resources. The site is ever expanding and has materials in a range of European languages, for all ages, providing an opportunity to study the marine environment and learn a language too.
Here’s a run down of our favourite recent uploads concerning marine litter and overfishing:
Mapping Plastic Marine Pollution [EN]
This educator's Guide provides lessons that allow students to explore the Algalita Marine Research Foundation’ plastic pollution research aboard Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita. Using geographically linked observations made by the crew aboard the vessel and exploration on the internet, students determine roles of marine organisms in the ocean food web, and consider how plastic pollution may also enter the food web and affect marine organisms.
Report on microplastics [EN]
This resource, intended for adults, gives a thorough analysis on what is known about micro-plastics in the world’s seas. The report pools together the key findings from the GESAMP International Workshop on micro-plastics, particularly assessing micro-particles as a vector in transporting persistent, bio-accumulating and toxic substances in the oceans.
Interactive sustainable fish website [PT]
This project of Seas At Risk member Liga para a Protecção da Natureza called ‘que peixe comer’ which loosely translates as ‘which fish to eat’, provides an interactive website with information on 20 species of fish caught and consumed in Portugal. The site gives information on the life of the fish and what happens when they leave the sea and reach our plates. Advice is also given on alternatives to eating fish.
Animation showing impacts of over fishing [EN]
The Archipalagos website features short video animations highlighting threats to the marine ecosystem. In the video highlighted on learn2sea.org the animation displays the impact of overfishing and suggests how to lower this impact in a sustainable way.
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