As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital last week, the National Academy of Sciences screened the film, “A Plastic Ocean.” On an adventure to film a blue whale in the Indian Ocean, Australian journalist Craig Leeson instead discovers an ocean awash in plastic debris. He then works with scientists and researchers to explore potential solutions to this global problem. Many of our members have ongoing research and development activities surrounding the source, impact, and potential mitigation of marine plastics and are taking steps to expose this significant issue to a greater, global audience. I applaud all involved in these efforts; we must work together to combat this growing scourge on our ocean.
This Thursday, I’ll be participating in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Please feel free to send me any questions you may have! You can start submitting questions at 9am ET Thursday by following this link. To ask a question, first create a Reddit account, click on my thread (which won’t appear until Thursday morning), type your question in the “comments” tab and click, “save.” I look forward to answering as many as I can!
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
After Deepwater Horizon spill: Which animals weathered the disaster
A new study from a Coastal Waters Consortium team of researchers led by Rutgers University postdoctoral researcher, Michael McCann, has found which birds, fish, insects and other animals affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion should be given top priority for conservation, protection and research. Until now scientists didn’t know which kinds of animals were most affected and what impact their collective fates had on the food chain after the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 and dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into Louisiana’s salt marshes.