Archive for the ‘Marine Debris’ Category

The Microbead Dilemma

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Personal care products such as the shampoo, facial cleanser, and even toothpaste you use at home can contribute to a massive plastic pollution problem. We talk with Anna Cummins, Executive Director of The 5 Gyres Institute, who explains the dangers of plastic “microbeads” that enter the ocean and endanger aquatic life as well as humans. Find out how you can help end this unnecessary pollution problem.

Everyday Action: Check the labels of the personal care products you use in your home and stop using products containing polyethylene or polypropylene microbeads. Send any products with microbeads to 5 Gyres to help bring awareness to this important issue.

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Don’t Trash The Beach!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

California’s beaches mean summer fun and beautiful views. The beach is a great place for recreation and relaxation…alone, or with family and friends. We all need to do our part to protect our beaches and coastline. In this report, we share some outstanding beach photographs, along with some tips on what you can do to help keep our beaches clean and beautiful, including a special message from actor and activist Edward James Olmos!

Everyday Action: Get out and enjoy California’s beaches, and find out more at

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Guardians of the Ocean

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Want to make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about the ocean and conservation? Follow the lead of local California students in Ocean Guardian Schools who have made a commitment to protecting the ocean and preserving local watersheds. Naomi Pollack of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries highlights these everyday actions students are taking to protect the ocean and their local watersheds. Learn more about the positive impact these actions are having on the students, their families and local communities.

Everyday Action: Follow the lead of Ocean Guardian Schools and fill up a reusable water bottle at home, work or school to reduce your use of single-use plastics. And keep those balloons inside, so they don’t end up in the ocean.

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Ready, Set, CLEANUP!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

YOU can personally thank the ocean on September 21! Join California’s largest volunteer event with thousands of ocean lovers at the California Coastal Cleanup. Can one day make a difference for a clean ocean and coast? Find out as Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager with the California Coastal Commission, tells us about Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s one of the easiest and most rewarding volunteer efforts you can join.

Everyday Action: Clean up your act! Thank the ocean and join the cleanup team September 21. Go to You’ll have fun and make a difference!

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Tsunami Debris Hits California

Monday, June 10th, 2013

UPDATE! Debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami is making its way across the ocean and landing along the West Coast. Most recently, the first confirmed debris from the earthquake washed up along California’s north coast. We interviewed Sherry Lippiatt, California Regional Coordinator of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, to get the most updated information on the status of this debris, its impacts to the California coastline, and how you can get involved and make a difference.

Everyday Action: Reduce single use packaging with a little effort: carry reusable bags, use your own coffee and water containers, and purchase in bulk when possible.

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Help Give Sharks a Fighting Chance – Winner of the Thank You Ocean Favorite Podcast Contest!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

In celebration of our upcoming 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast, we launched a contest that let our supporters and fans select their favorite podcast. The winner: sharks!

The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization working with divers around the world to conserve underwater environments. On this report, former Director Jenny Miller Garmendia talks about one of their projects that is aimed at protecting sharks. (This podcast was originally broadcast on September 6, 2010)

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Pacific Gyre

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Pacific Gyre is a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of ocean currents. We talked with Marcus Eriksen, the executive director of the 5 Gyres Institute, about ocean gyres and the Pacific Garbage Patch, said to be twice the size of Texas, floating between Hawaii and California. (Photo courtesy of NOAA Marine Debris Program)

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Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

Monday, February 6th, 2012

On March 11, 2011, a powerful tsunami hit Japan, destroying cities and villages, and carrying tons of debris out to sea. Ocean currents are projected to carry some of that debris to U.S. shores, including the West Coast. It’s uncertain what is still floating, where it’s located, where it will go, and when it will arrive. Nir Barnea, West Coast Regional Director, NOAA Marine Debris Program, has the latest information.

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California Coastal Cleanup Day

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

California Coastal Cleanup Day (Photo courtesy of John Eagle)California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup held on the third Saturday of September, is the state’s largest volunteer event. Shannon Waters, California Coastal Commission Public Education Program Assistant, lets you know how you and your group can be part of the solution to marine pollution by getting involved in Coastal Cleanup Day! (Photo courtesy of John Eagle)

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Thanks for the Beautiful Beaches!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

With Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial” start of summer, we highlight ways to thank the ocean for our beautiful beaches. Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses everyday actions we can take to help clean up our coasts and ocean. Actor and activist Edward James Olmos adds his powerful Thank You Ocean message, “Don’t Trash the Beach.”

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