Waterways: Marine Debris

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Date: September 4, 2014
Contact: General Park Information:, 305-242-7700
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HOMESTEAD, Florida: Seabirds ingesting balloons, marine mammals entangled in discarded fishing gear, and sea turtles abandoning plans to nest are among the issues caused by marine debris that are covered in the latest episode of “Waterways.”


Marine debris, including abandoned fishing gear such as lobster and crab traps, rope, and other debris, everything from plastics to pallets, is an overwhelming problem that harms both animals and habitats throughout south Florida and the world. 


This episode focuses on efforts by Biscayne National Park and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to address the harm caused by marine debris. Both organizations monitor the type and quantity of debris which washes ashore and utilize teams of volunteers from around the country to help rid the environment of trash. The program includes interviews with experts and explains the many sources of this debris, helping people think twice about discarding unwanted debris into marine waters.


With more than 200 episodes produced since 1993, the “Waterways” educational television series is a joint project between Everglades National Park, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, informing viewers of the diverse wonders of the south Florida ecosystem, and the research and conservation programs that protect them. “Waterways” airs on public and government channels throughout the state of Florida—check local listings for scheduling. Episodes may also be viewed on YouTube athttps://www.youtube.com/user/WaterwaysTVShow and Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/waterwaystvshow


WHAT:       The latest episode of the educational television series, “Waterways: Marine Debris”


WHEN:      Check local listings for scheduling.


WHERE:    “Waterways” airs on public and government channels throughout the state of Florida. Episodes may also be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/WaterwaysTVShow

and Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/waterwaystvshow 

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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