Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Campers at Cedar Point Environmental Center learn about the "Stow It-Don't Throw It" Project

On June 10th, summer camp participants at Cedar Point Environmental Center on Lemon Bay in Charlotte County Florida learned about the problems associated with marine debris and improperly disposed of fishing line from, "Stow It-Don't Throw It" project director, Sean Russell. Youth participants learned about various types of marine debris and plastic pollution, and then designed their own posters to help inform the public about the problems marine debris poses to marine ecosystems worldwide. As a camp craft, participants learned about the "Stow It-Don't Throw It" project and made their own personal-sized fishing line recycling bins to help protect marine wildlife from fishing line entanglement. Through the program students and their parents also learned about the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program and the impacts humans are having on their local community of bottlenose dolphins. A special thanks to the students and parents who participated in this program, and the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Program staff and volunteers for supporting our work! Below are a few pictures from the event - check back soon to see the marine debris prevention posters designed by the students involved!

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