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New Show Explores Marine Debris

New Show Explores Marine Debris
Marine debris collects in large systems of rotating currents in the ocean called gyres.


December 2, 2013

A new show for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere® debuted in the Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center on November 16, NOAA and Our Planet Day. The show focuses on the issue of marine debris, which is any man-made material that ends up in the ocean or Great Lakes. Marine debris is now present everywhere on Earth and is transported by ocean currents, accumulating in areas called garbage patches.

The show describes the problems associated with marine debris and the impacts it has on marine life. NOAA established a Marine Debris Program in 2005, supporting hundreds of projects to address the issue of marine debris across the United States. This new show was made possible with funds from NOAA and the Miller Foundation. It plays daily in rotation with other shows in the Ocean Science Center. Check the screens outside the Ocean Science Center for showtimes.