Marine Debris Education in New Orleans

child looking at marine debris exhibit
A young visitor notes the difference between plastic debris that floats and plastic debris that sinks at the Louisiana Sea Grant table in the “Kids Area” at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. For the second year in a row, LSG’s education department hosted an exhibit at the annual celebration of music and culture held at the Fair Grounds. With the help of LSG staff and volunteers, children and their adult chaperones learned about the prevalence of plastics in the ocean, played a game to guess how long it takes for different types of debris to break down in the marine environment, and recycled Mardi Gras beads and trash into works of art. Photo by Darcy Wilkins