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Students Pick Up an Understanding of Marine Debris

Posted: December 1, 2011

On November 30, sophomores had the opportunity to learn about marine debris from Oren Frey, a California Sea Grant Fellow with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Mr. Frey is a recent graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies where he studied international environmental policy. He worked on marine debris as an intern with the Surfrider Foundation.

His engaging talk opened students' eyes to the harm small particles of broken-down, post-consumer plastic can have on marine ecosystems.

He also discussed ways that students can take action and help find solutions to this pressing problem. He agreed to work with Santa Catalina School's environmental club, R4, on a project to eliminate Styrofoam use in local restaurants.

To learn more about the problems of marine debris Mr. Frey discussed, click here and watch a 10-minute film on the subject.