This project will activate a team of outreach advocates who will participate in targeted educational outreach campaigns and direct stewardship actions to engage the diverse populations of recreational fishermen in and around Newport, Rhode Island. The goal is to change behavior in order to prevent or reduce marine debris plastics, trash and fishing gear from entering water systems and causing detrimental environmental impacts. Designed to be a replicable model, Mystic Aquarium will share outcomes of this project with other coastal volunteer networks along both U.S. coastlines. This grant is in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Ambassador Anthony Kotoun.
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums, offering exemplary care to a variety of species while also serving as the northeast’s premier marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center. Robust conservation and education programming along with unparalleled visitor experiences serve to strengthen personal connections to the animals and their environments. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet through conservation, education and research, and introduces approximately 800,000 guests annually to thousands of animals through structured interpretations, specially-curated exhibits and hands-on interactions. As a leading research organization, Mystic Aquarium employs a full staff of scientists engaged in projects focused on the conservation and sustainability of our ocean planet.
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