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MarineQuest 2TC Program Featured in NOAA Newsletter, Website

Monday, April 01, 2019

In January, MarineQuest launched Turtle Trash Collectors, a new outreach program funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. The program is designed to educate youth about the impacts of marine debris and encourage behavior changes that will reduce the generation of marine debris in the future.

The 2TC program was featured in the NOAA Marine Debris Program Spring Educator Newsletter and on the NOAA Marine Debris Program website. The project has caught the attention of environmental educators around the country, even as far away as Hawaii. The 2TC team is in discussions with the UNCW Office of Innovation and Commercialization to reproduce the turtles for distribution.

Laura Sirak-Schaeffer coordinates MarineQuest’s Turtle Trash Collectors program, which serves coastal counties (including New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Carteret, and Brunswick) as well as several inland counties in the Cape Fear watershed (Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, and Duplin). Elementary schools in these counties who are interested in scheduling a program should contact project staff at MarineQuest@uncw.edu and include “Turtle Trash Collectors” in the subject line.

To learn more about MarineQuest’s 2TC school visits, follow them on Facebook.