Posts Tagged ‘Marine Debris’

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles

Monday, July 14th, 2014

What reptile outlived the dinosaurs, is the largest of its kind on earth, can dive to a depth of half a mile, and migrates more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean? The answer is the Pacific leatherback sea turtle — California’s official state marine reptile. This fascinating but critically endangered species is essential to the state’s marine ecosystem. We talk with Scott Benson, marine ecologist with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, about Pacific leatherback sea turtles, threats to their survival, and what you can do to help.

Everyday Action: Bring your own bags to the store since sea turtles will mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. Also, never release balloons outside. They also can end up in the ocean and be eaten by sea turtles and other marine life.

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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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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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California Coastal Cleanup

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Saturday, September 15 is the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2011, nearly 72,000 volunteers removed more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from California beaches, lakes and waterways. For this year, debris from the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami is bringing more attention to the important issue of marine debris. Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, talks about the 28th annual cleanup and how you can participate. (Photo credit: California Coastal Commission)

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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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Earth Day’s Big Blue Marble

Monday, April 9th, 2012

On Earth Day, we often see the NASA photo from space of Earth as a Big Blue Marble, but what makes it blue? The ocean! We talked with Wallace J. Nichols about, the global movement inspired by the Earth as a Blue Marble. The idea? Pass a blue marble through every person’s hand on earth, with a simple message of gratitude along with it. (Photo courtesy of Neil Osborne)

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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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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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