Raising Awareness of Marine Debris Fosters Stewardship of Apalachicola Bay

Marine debris has a negative effect on both local and global ecosystems by degrading water quality, hampering fishery production, and putting critically endangered species, including sea turtles, at greater risk. The Apalachicola Bay research reserve hosted an exhibit titled “When Trash Meets the Sea,” which explored the impacts of trash on the marine environment and marine life, and most importantly, invited visitors to exchange plastic grocery bags for reusable cloth bags to reduce potential marine debris. The exhibit raised community awareness and provided people with tools to help them solve it. (2016)

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Partners: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA Office for Coastal Management