NOAA Clean Community builds Current Collections sculpture

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Researchers, artists and community leaders unveiled a new sculpture on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Poynter Park. This is the public awareness element of USF College of Marine Science's Clean Community Clean Coast programs, funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Prevention Education and Outreach cooperative agreement grant. The Current Collections sculpture spans 40ft (12m) in width and 30ft (9m) in height and is made from reclaimed plastics and steel. It will be in Poynter Park for the Blue Ocean Film Festival and until March 2015, and then it travels to GSU in Atlanta for Earth day.

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Researchers, artists and community leaders will unveil a new sculpture created from marine debris at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Poynter Park as part of a community engagement project that has converted trash into an artistic treasure with a message. - See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2014/10/14/usf-college-of-marine-science-to-unveil-sculpture-that-turned-marine-trash-to-treasure-28746#sthash.nN5bh2Pm.dpuf
Researchers, artists and community leaders will unveil a new sculpture created from marine debris at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Poynter Park as part of a community engagement project that has converted trash into an artistic treasure with a message. - See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2014/10/14/usf-college-of-marine-science-to-unveil-sculpture-that-turned-marine-trash-to-treasure-28746#sthash.nN5bh2Pm.dpuf
Researchers, artists and community leaders will unveil a new sculpture created from marine debris at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Poynter Park as part of a community engagement project that has converted trash into an artistic treasure with a message. - See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2014/10/14/usf-college-of-marine-science-to-unveil-sculpture-that-turned-marine-trash-to-treasure-28746#sthash.nN5bh2Pm.dpuf
Researchers, artists and community leaders will unveil a new sculpture created from marine debris at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Poynter Park as part of a community engagement project that has converted trash into an artistic treasure with a message. - See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2014/10/14/usf-college-of-marine-science-to-unveil-sculpture-that-turned-marine-trash-to-treasure-28746#sthash.nN5bh2Pm.dpuf
USF College of Marine Science to Unveil Sculpture that Turned Marine Trash to Treasure - See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2014/10/14/usf-college-of-marine-science-to-unveil-sculpture-that-turned-marine-trash-to-treasure-28746#sthash.HYqIeFxe.dpuf
USF College of Marine Science to Unveil Sculpture that Turned Marine Trash to Treasure - See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2014/10/14/usf-college-of-marine-science-to-unveil-sculpture-that-turned-marine-trash-to-treasure-28746#sthash.HYqIeFxe.dpuf

Today, the ratio of plastics to fish in the ocean is 1:5

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Every minute, the equivalent of one dump-truck’s worth of plastic is dumped into the sea. By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is unthinkable. The USF College of Marine Science is so proud of Frank Muller-Karger’s and CJ Reynolds work with the NOAA Marine Debris Program to help educate the community about plastic pollution. The Current Collections sculpture, made from plastic trash collected in our community, has been given a permanent home in Poynter Park on the USFSP campus. Let’s all make a vow to eliminate or at least reduce our use of plastic bottles, to recycle what we use, and to stop using plastic straws.

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