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Very small pieces of colorful plastic.

“A Plastic Ocean” film screening and panel discussion

Scientists Solving a Jigsaw Puzzle … Gyre by Gyre

Movie poster for the film, "A Plastic Ocean"In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and are eventually consumed by us.

If it was happening in one gyre, they suspected it was happening in all of them. But the filmmakers needed experts to prove it. Scientists were brought in at each stage to analyze the findings from one part of the story to add their data to the overall report on the five gyres.

The film, A Plastic Ocean,  will be screened by Beaches Go Green in partnership with the US Green Building Council in Neptune Beach, FL on Sunday, November 11, 2018. A resource panel, including UF/IFAS Extension’s Dr. Maia McGuire, will be present to answer questions and discuss related topics before and after the film. The free event will run from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at 200 1st Street, Neptune Beach, FL.

 

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