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Brighton Dolphin Project: Marine Experts Talks – Community Beach Cleans

Community Beach Cleans in Brighton

The Brighton Dolphin Project, a new initiative launched by the World Cetacean Alliance, aims to improve awareness about the importance of local marine ecosystems and species in the Brighton area. The project aims to achieve this through educational experiences and outreach events. This summer, we will be hosting a series of Marine Experts Talks, where people from different organisations will come to the Discovery Centre to discuss their pioneering work in marine conservation.

Scientists have predicted that there will be more plastic than fish by 2050, and about 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. Blue Planet 2 has certainly raised awareness about the effects of dumping litter in our oceans, and one local initiative has had success in removing litter from the beaches of Brighton.

In 2017, Pier 2 Pier Beach Clean removed 800kg of litter from Brighton Beach by hosting fun mass litter picks between West and Palace Pier. This year, they have cleaned over 600 beaches and aim to get 2,000 people involved on beach cleans. We will be joined by Amy, from Pier to 2 Pier Beach Clean, who will be giving an exciting talk on their work in Brighton in reducing the amount of litter found on our local beaches.

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African Marine Waste Conference


Join us in expanding a network to collaborate on developing an effective Marine Waste Strategy for Africa. Our aim is to facilitate a guide to best practice for waste management and harnessing a circular economy approach. With your help in creating this strategy, African nations can benefit from improved resource efficiency, job creation and economic development while helping safeguard their diverse and rich environment.

As waste knows no boundaries, this conference aims to draw together participants from all African coastal and island states. Our hope is that conference delegates with a multitude of backgrounds and expertise will work collaboratively to find shared strategies to solve problems within countries and across borders.

Conference Topics

  • Research
  • Policies and practices
  • Education and awareness
  • Conservation
  • Data, GIS and mapping
  • Plastics and litter
  • Oil, aerial and chemical pollution
  • Socioeconomic impacts
  • Circular economy and blue economy
  • Role of businesses
  • Special challenges of municipalities
  • Recycling and upcycling
  • Exciting innovations

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Voices 4 Oceans Benefit: ‘Tall Tales and Silver Linings’

Notable actors and activists will join forces this spring to support The 5 Gyres Institute at the Voices 4 Oceans benefit storytelling event in Santa Monica, CA. Storytellers at the “Tall Tales & Silver Linings” themed event include Ashlan Gorse Cousteau (E! Entertainment), Danni Washington (“After Earth”), Eric Balfour (“Haven”), youth activist Erin Schrode, Graham Hamilton (“Code Black”), comedian Jake Johanssen, author Jillian Lauren, environmental activists Jordan Howard and Lindsay Dahl, Shiva Rose (“Return to Babylon”), Steve Connell (“We Are the Lions”), and designer/entrepreneur Steve Glenn, with surprise guests expected.

Voices 4 Oceans will take place at the beautiful Moss Theater on March 23rd. In addition to the live program, there will be a reception with an open bar, light appetizers and a silent auction. VIP guests will enjoy assigned seating and an exclusive backstage meet-and-greet with our storytellers.

All proceeds will support the 5 Gyres mission to end the global health crisis of plastic pollution, because:

300 million tons of new plastic is produced in the United States each year and less than 10 percent of plastic is recovered for recycling.

5.25 trillion particles weighing in at 270,000 tons of “plastic smog” pollute our oceans worldwide—and a full 80% of that marine plastic pollution comes from land.

More than 600 species are endangered or killed by marine plastic pollution.

Plastic wreaks havoc on a marine ecosystem dependent on phytoplankton, which produce 70% of the earth’s oxygen and sequester 40% of its carbon.

A tiny piece of plastic can be one million times more toxic than the water around it.

Fish are eating these microplastics—and we’re eating the fish.

We’ve been fighting plastic ocean pollution since 2009, when 5 Gyres began a series of scientific firsts by researching plastic in all five subtropical gyres, as well as the Great Lakes and Antarctica. In 2014, the organization convened eight scientists around the world to publish the first Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution. Our paper on plastic microbead pollution in the Great Lakes inspired a two-year collaborative campaign that culminated in a federal ban, which President Obama signed into law in 2015. This year, we’re taking on polystyrene, while continuing to inspire activism through our art, education, science and adventure programs.

Thank you to our sponsors Aquarium of the PacificBen HarperBrett StanleyBodhi Surf SchoolBrie EnglishBureo SkateboardsChicoBagCostaGold Frame MediaHardwood Music Company,  Hilary Beane Designer JewelryIndigenousJack JohnsonJeux de VaguesJoan HallJosie Maran CosmeticsKarl Strauss Brewing CompanyKlean KanteenKris GotoLife Without PlasticManduka, Mark Cunningham, Nordic NaturalsOkiinoOmnibus DelectoOuterknownReed’sRobert LeeSamudra Skin & SeaSix Flags Magic MountainSupercyclersThe Refill Shoppe, and U*Konserve.


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Plastic bags from 'bagless' online shopping


A week or so into the WiseOceans Lent #plasticchallenge we thought it would be interesting to take stock and see how the challenge is going. It’s fair to say it has been just as challenging as we thought but we’ve been committed to it and dare I say even enjoyed it? As expected, there were […]

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