The Rozalia Project and its world famous 60ft sailing research vessel American Promise are coming to clean marine debris and trash from your local waters from the coasts of Maine to British Columbia with the Great Lakes in-between.
We are poisoning and choking our marine ecosystems with marine debris. Marine debris has the ability to entangle, get ingested, become coated with persistent organic pollutants and breakdown into a multitude of toxins. Rozalia Project’s 2011 scientific research discovered marine debris densities of up to 105,500 pieces of marine debris and 2.25 miles of monofilament and rope fiber scraps in a square mile, in a critical whale feeding area in the Gulf of Maine.
The time is now to start cleaning our, rivers, lakes and oceans of this marine debris. Rozalia Project believes we can beat this global problem by empowering everybody to help clean our oceans, one piece at a time. Seven Billion people on Earth depend on our Ocean ecosystems for life as we know it. Seven billion people educated to the dangers of trash in our water and empowered to make a difference can start making headway in the job to clean our ocean planet.
Forty five community sailing centers, yacht clubs, maritime museums, schools, business and tall ships from the East, West and South coasts of North America have partnered with the Rozalia Project to host the Trash Tour 2012, and provide locations where the local communities can get involved in hands-on clean up, marine debris education programs and scientific research.
At each tour stop, Rozalia Project will run engaging and informative marine debris pick up and education programs, dockside and onboard American Promise for people of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to hunt for and pick up trash from surface to the sea floor using nets as well as remotely operated vehicles (ROV) equipped with sonar and manipulators to locate and grab the trash. For student groups, the marine debris program is built around STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering and math).
Rozalia Project’s goal for Trash Tour 2012 is to pick up 55,000 pieces of marine debris and have 14,500 people participate in their programs at 45 North American locations. In 2011, Rozalia Project’s Trash Tour picked up 12,500 pieces of marine debris, had 1,481 people participate in their programs visiting 14 locations in the Northeast.
Tour locations in 2012 include New England from American Promise as well as stops in regions throughout the US. Check it out.