On February 20th and 21st, Surfrider Chicago joined with roughly 40 individuals representing over 30 U.S. and Canadian governmental, not-for-profit, higher education, and corporate entities in an effort to shape the Great Lakes Land-Based Marine Debris Action Plan, which is an initiative to regionally support The Honolulu Strategy, a results-oriented framework of action with the overarching goal to reduce impacts of marine debris over the next ten years.
With A Kite takes an inside look at the most influential contest in the sport of kiteboarding via the perspective of pro rider Davey Blair and his fellow brotherhood of some of the world's best riders. Shot on location in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Nitro City Panama, Hood River, Oregon, Tampa, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina, the film opens with narration by Sir Richard Branson as the history of human flight via kite unfolds through stunning watercolor animation.
The 5 Gyres Institute, in collaboration with researchers from SUNY Fredonia, have published the first micro-plastic pollution survey of the Great Lakes Region in the Marine Pollution Bulletin. Says 5 Gyres’ Dr. Marcus Eriksen, lead author on the paper, “We found high concentrations of micro-plastics, more than most ocean samples collected worldwide. These were of similar size, shape, texture and composition to plastic microbeads found in many consumer products used as exfoliants, giving us circumstantial evidence that these products, designed to be washed down the drain, are not adequately being captured by sewage treatment.”