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Plastics in the Ocean

  • Southwest Harbor Library Southwest Harbor, ME (map)

Plastic has recently become known as one of the most serious threats to life on this planet. It does not decompose like other organic compounds and can take more than 400 years to degrade. So, most of it still exists in some form and typically ends up in large bodies of water. A shocking study suggests that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish, ton for ton -  a rallying cry to do something about it.

Blue mussels, common along the coastline of Maine, are particularly susceptible to microplastic ingestion because of their filter-feeding activity.  Madelyn Woods, Research Coordinator, Marine & Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill will present the results of water sampling for microplastics around MDI this past summer. ACTT's Zero Waste Committee will describe local efforts to tackle the problem of single use plastic bags and containers in Maine coastal towns.

Earlier Event: January 8
Zero Waste Committee