Esquimalt Lagoon clean-up 2013

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In first year Marine Science, we are currently studying oceanic circulation and the garbage patches that exist within the major oceanic gyres. One way that we thought we could have a positive impact was by collecting garbage from a local beach and preventing it from adding to the problem in the North Pacific gyre.

On Thursday 24 January and Friday 25 January first year marine scientists did a beach clean-up at Esquimalt Lagoon.

D block Thursday D block, Thursday

B block Friday B block, Friday

Elliot sorting We sorted and quantified what we found…

Bucket of trash

and the data are summarized below for Thursday 24 January:

Type of garbage

Number

Styrofoam bits

147

Plastic pieces

413

Straws / stirrers

41

Caps, lids

93

Coffee cups

6

Coffee cup lids

5

Plastic utensils

11

Lollipop sticks

6

Food wrappers

44

Plastic beverage bottles

13

Glass beverage bottles

2

Bags

12

Balloons

5

Rope

22

Nets

2

Cigarettes / filters

7

Tobacco packs / wrappers

7

Lighters

4

Syringes

1

Tampons / applicators

21

Clothing

3

Shoes

2

Shotgun shells

55

Toys

8

Pen

4

Wood

3

Beverage cans

2

Ball

3

Ceramic bowl

1

Hanger

2

Comb

5

Glowstick

1

Ear plug

2

Golf tee

1

Mussel disc

2

Sunglasses case

1

Hair elastic

1

and for Friday 25 January:

Type of garbage

Number

Styrofoam bits

Infinite!

Plastic pieces

216

Straws / stirrers

24

Caps, lids

46

Coffee cups

4

Coffee cup lids

3

Plastic utensils

9

Lollipop sticks

9

Food wrappers

35

Plastic beverage bottles

6

Glass beverage bottles

2

Bags

1

Balloons

2

Rope

16

Nets

1

Cigarettes / filters

30

Tobacco packs / wrappers

13

Lighters

1

Syringes

1

Tampons / applicators

12

Clothing

3

Shoes

1

Shotgun shells

19

Toys

13

Fishing floats & pieces

16

Fireworks

3

Beverage cans

2

Wood

2

Elastic band

1

Light bulb

2

Duct tape

5

Glow stick

1

Golf balls

3

Ear plug

1

Metal hoop

1

Desiccant packet

1

Students brought some of the garbage back to Pearson College and produced some works of art with a message.

Ehsan & Saraswati

Aura & Emilio

Lily & Lucas

Steph & Ivan

Alba, Kiera & Mikelle

Gregory

Emily & Tina

Elliot & Johan

Griffin

Amit & Sizhe

Sophia & Syver

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One Response to “Esquimalt Lagoon clean-up 2013”

  1. Romaine Says:

    Very cool, you guys! I’m proud of you and pretty impressed with your recycled art!

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