Over the break I am finally able to catch up on all my dissections and sand processing. Currently I have gathered over 200 sand crabs from up and down the coast of California to test for microplastics as well as sand samples from each location. This will be a busy winter break!
Patrick, Micheala and I arrived just as the sun was coming up to a great event at Ledbetter Beach in Santa Barbara! This ‘keiki’ surf contest was hosted by Surf Happens which is a local surf school in Santa Barbara dedicated to teaching kids the art of surfing with proper education, etiquette and history of the sport. The group promotes the high five initiative where everyone that hits the beach picks up 5 pieces of trash before they enjoy the waves.
This weekend was special because Pro Surfer Lakey Peterson was there to host the event and had a special clinic session for Teddy Bear families with kids that have cancer. It was pretty cool to watch parents and kids out there having fun in the waves with a pro surfer!
This weekend come see our booth at the Lakey Peterson Keiki Bowl
More sand crab samples arrived last night from friends in Northern California! I am excited to see what I find in the different sample locations!
This week I am excited that I have collected over 50 sand samples from all over the United States with help of friends and colleagues! I have also been able to borrow some historical samples from different places in the world! I will be testing all of the samples for the presence of microplastics as well as collecting what I find in each sample to run some new testing procedures to determine what they are and hopefully give us an idea what the main pollution source is in each area .
Come visit me at the Marine Debris/Microplastics booth on December 19th at Ledbetter Beach in Santa Barbara.
Meeting with Dr. Clare Steele and Dr. Chris Wheeler this week to take a look at all of the sand samples from Aitutaki and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.