Santa Monica, CA – Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is hosting a free lecture at 7:00 p.m. February 24th, entitled “Our Plastic Ocean: Exploring the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.” Part of an on-going series, the lecture will be held at the marine science center, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, beneath the Santa Monica Pier. In 1997, a sailing voyage returned from a remote area of the Pacific Ocean to report the existence of a floating mass of plastic debris twice the size of Texas. Since the discovery of the Northern Pacific Gyre, also commonly called the “great Pacific garbage patch,” scientific study has shown this expansive area of debris approximately 500 nautical miles off the California coast is responsible for the death of approximately 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds - annually.
Guest lecturer Christiana Boerger was among a handful of scientists who last summer traveled aboard the ocean research vessel Alguita to the Pacific Gyre on behalf of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Ms. Boerger, a fish biologist, spent eight weeks at sea on the 50-foot catamaran, completing field research for a study on the impacts of plastic ingestion in fish. In addition to her work with Algalita, Ms. Boerger is an educator at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. She will discuss her findings, share photos and anecdotes from the ocean research voyage, and take questions from the audience.
Seating is limited and available by RSVP only. Please contact the Aquarium to RSVP at 310-393-6149, x 106.
About the SMPA The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s marine education facility located beach-level, just below the Carousel, at the Santa Monica Pier. The Aquarium is open to the general public and attracts more than 85,000 visitors per year. Since Heal the Bay acquired the Aquarium in 2003 from UCLA, more than 300,000 visitors have been welcomed during public hours and approximately 80,000 students have been educated during in-house education programs.
About Heal the Bay Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use research, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.