For taking marine debris from the beaches of the

For this project my partner and I will be taking marine debris from the beaches of the Kenai Peninsula area and making it into something more useful. More specifically, we will be taking seaglass and making it into jewelry and other decorations. The goal of this project is to reduce the amount of marine debris found in the ocean and on the beaches. Reducing marine debris is vital to the economy and ecosystems because it can reduce the number of animal deaths related to marine debris, and it can reduce the amount of marine debris found in the ocean. If marine debris is reduced then the ecosystems won’t be as polluted. Eighty percent of marine debris is made up of plastic materials. Marine debris comes from four main sources; land based/personally used items, marine industries, container ship spills, and natural disasters. Marine animals and birds can mistake marine debris for food, and if they do swallow/digest the trash then it could lead to internal hemorrhaging, starvation, and choking to death. They can also become entangled in fishing line, plastic loops, nets, and ropes. If this happens then it could cause infection in the animals, drowning, and starvation. So, if the population of a certain species start to decrease, then we would know what was causing it. Our communities are disposing more and more waste every year. “In 2008, our global plastic consumption worldwide has been estimated at 260 million tons, and, according to a 2012 report by Global Industry Analysts, plastic consumption is to reach 297.5 million tons by the end of 2015.” When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide. (Claire Le Guern Lytle). Retrieved December 10, 2017, from http://plastic-pollution.org/ Out of the millions of tons of plastic created each year, about ten percent of it makes its way into the ocean. Then, because of the ocean’s currents’, the waste washes up on the shores of beaches everywhere. Marine debris can be reduced by upcycling the garbage/waste found on the beaches of the Kenai. We plan on gathering at least ten or more people to help volunteer to pick up trash off of a beach, lake or a body of water. We will pick up all pieces of trash we find and then take it somewhere to sort through it. The debris will then be sorted into three categories; trash, recyclable objects, and items we can use to repurpose. Our plan for repurposing is to take sea glass, fishing line, and possibly pieces of plastic to make into jewelry or other decorations. The jewelry that we plan on making are bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Also, we plan on making dreamcatchers with the marine debris that we collect. After that, we plan on selling our repurposed items to our community. Also, if we rent a booth at a festival, then our repurposed items can be recognized from different areas in Alaska. Which then would lead to more people coming to look at our creations. The proceeds will go to either a local organization (Sealife Center) or a different corporation that helps with marine debris (NOAA). Another place that we could donate our proceeds, is a national park. My partner and I assume that there won’t be too much trouble considering money. However, it is possible that we may use money for a booth for SMAF (Seward Music and Arts Festival). Instead of SMAF we could just find a place to use to sell our art. Second, we may need to use money for gas prices and garbage bags. In addition, we might need to use money for gloves to wear while we pick up trash. Also, instead of buying all of these objects we could have them donated to us. Since people will be volunteering we won’t have to pay them for helping us. In conclusion, our main point is to help reduce marine debris on beaches in the Kenai. It helps animals, the environment, and people enjoy Alaska. We intend to pick up the left overs of society that can be recycled and made into something better and more useful. After that we are going to sell the remade items and donate the money to NOAA or a local organization/corporation so they can find more research to help marine debris to become reduces.