It’s time for another First Friday Facebook Live.

This time Taylor and Nick talked about plastic in the ocean – what it is, how it got there, the problems it causes, and possible solutions.

With the Gulf of Maine exhibit as a backdrop, our educators also described some of the projects we are working on here at the Aquarium to tackle the problem of plastic in the ocean and some personal actions people can take to help.  

First Friday Facebook Live: Plastic and the Ocean

So What Do Ocean Plastics Look Like? 

The problem of the plastics in the ocean comes in many different forms and affects all parts of our ocean world. The problem can be more obvious at first, like these familiar plastic items collected from beaches throughout the Pacific, including Hawaii and the Phoenix Islands. However, the problem eventually becomes less visible but even more complex, like the smaller pieces of plastic present in this water sample collected from the surface of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Another thing to think about is where all of this plastic ended up compared with where it started out, which is likely thousands of miles apart. Despite all this, we can tackle this problem in all of its forms if we work together in our communities and take simple actions to reduce plastic pollution!

Want to help? Take the Plastics Pledge!  

Plastic grocery bags and drinking straws are only in our hands for a moment. But for the animals who live in rivers, lakes, harbors, and the ocean, our plastic pollution piles up and can last forever.

The New England Aquarium is joining with more than 20 other aquariums across the country because there are simple actions we can all take in a stand against single-use plastics. The nationwide campaign, called the First Step, offers suggestions on how we can make a difference—individually and as a nationwide community that cares about our blue planet.

first step logo and penguins diving