Mystic, Conn. (March 1, 2019): Sunday, March 3, as designated by the United Nations (UN), is World Wildlife Day. For the first-time ever, the celebration will concentrate on marine life with the theme Life Below Water: For People And Planet. Mystic Aquarium is joining forces with other aquariums around the globe to support World Wildlife Day by shining a spotlight on the impacts of land-based pollution on oceans. They are also taking this opportunity to announce the upcoming Plastic Free Seas exhibit; set to open on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
“We are excited to announce our upcoming exhibit entitled, Plastic Free Seas,” said Katie Cubina, Senior Vice President, Mission Programs for Mystic Aquarium. “Plastic pollution is found in almost every marine habitat around the world. We believe it is our responsibility as a strong community partner and one of the nation’s leading aquariums to inform, educate and empower as we strive to make a consistent, positive impact on the ocean planet.”
Mystic Aquarium has a stated mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.
From plastic pollution and marine debris to microplastics, the new exhibit highlights the various types of plastics in the environment as well as their impacts.
“But we have hope,” said MaryEllen Mateleska, Mystic Aquarium’s Director of Education and Conservation. “There are both individual and collective actions that can be taken now to reduce additional plastic pollution.”
Interactive components of Plastic Free Seas, like Draper’s microplastic sensing system and a plastic debris simulation, provide a unique perspective to plastic pollution. Local conservation heroes are also featured in the upcoming exhibit.
Draper uses technology to create solutions to solve some of the world’s most difficult and important problems. Currently developing the world’s first underwater real-time microplastic sensing system, the goal for Draper’s system is to understand the sources and movements of microplastics to help to determine mitigation options.
Support for Plastic Free Seas comes from The Naktenis Family Foundation and StoneRidge.
Plastic Free Seas will be open just in time for spring break for schools around New England and Mystic Aquarium’s family-friendly vacation week activities.
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