Thursday, September 10, 2015

Week in Review: California Comes One Step Closer to Banning Plastic Microbeads!

That’s right everyone, today I’m heading off to Costa Rica to dive one of the most spectacular diving locations in the world- Cocos Island.

 Eight years ago, I went on my first SCUBA expedition to the Cayman Islands with many of the Sea Save members. The trip took me completely out of my comfort zone and I was hooked on both the organization and the sport! Anyone who has been SCUBA diving will tell you that there is a certain magic and freedom to diving in the ocean. I can’t even begin to describe some of the amazing things that I’ve seen over the years.  So, after a long hiatus from the underwater world, I’m finally making my way below sea level again! What am I expecting to see on my trip? Sharks, sharks, and more sharks! I told my boss, a non-SCUBA diver, this same thing and he stared at me with a terrified, concerned, and confused look.

The Week in Review will be on a brief three week hiatus. Along with the most important marine news items, I’m looking forward to sharing some amazing pictures when I get back! 

Before I leave, one very important story below:

California Comes One Step Closer to Banning Plastic Microbead!

MicrobeadsOver the years, research has been conducted that proves that plastic microbeads that are washed down our drains have entered our lakes, rivers, and oceans. You may be asking yourself- what are microbeads? Microbeads are the small plastic particles that are found in many of our personal care products. Good examples are toothpaste, body scrub, facewash, and many more. After work from many organizations, the California State Assembly voted to ban plastic microbeads from products. Now that this has passed the State Assembly, the AB-888 bill will be brought to the State Senate. This is just the start of the national campaign that was launched after 2012 research in the Great Lakes showed micropastic pollution. Although these are tiny particles, they contribute to the 38 tons of plastic that is found in marine and waterways annually. Read more...


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