The Smog of the Sea- Movie Screening and Discussion


Dr Maia McGuire, UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant Agent, will lead us in a screening and discussion of The Smog of the Sea a documentary chronicling a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited on board an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.

MAIA McGUIRE grew up on the islands of Bermuda where she developed an interest in marine biology at an early age. She received a BS in marine biology from Florida Institute of Technology, and a PhD in marine biology from the University of Miami. In 2001, she joined the Florida Sea Grant Extension Program at the University of Florida. As a Sea Grant extension agent, she conducts informal education programs on topics including marine debris, climate change, and invasive species. In 2015, McGuire was awarded a NOAA Marine Debris Outreach and Education grant to start the Florida Microplastic Awareness Project. This citizen science project’s goal is to raise awareness about the sources of and threats posed by microplastics in the coastal environment. Volunteers are collecting and analyzing coastal water samples around the state, as well as teaching people how to reduce their contribution to the plastic problem.

The project’s website is www.plasticaware.org.

This will be a joint meeting of the beaches and Lakewood at UNF, room 1088 at the University Center. Program begins at 7. There will be no refreshment time. There is free, dedicated parking in The University Center parking lot

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