What is Marine Debris?

An Online Presentation from NOAA in cooperation with PTMSC

A one-hour video by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, focusing on microplastics as marine debris, is now available for viewing. The presentation also addresses impacts of the national Save our Seas Act, which was signed into law last December.

Andrew Mason is the NOAA presenter. He has led projects documenting oil spills and other chemical pollutants in fish, corals, and other animals. He serves as the Pacific Northwest regional coordinator and Pacific team lead for NOAA’s marine debris program.

The talk, called “Marine Debris—Micro to Macro,” can be found on YouTube. The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee cosponsored the program with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC).

Visit the PTMSC Aquarium and Museum

The PTMSC aquarium, museum, and gift shop are now open on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. There you can see exhibits including marine life in tanks. You can also learn about what lives on our local shores and beneath the waters of the Salish Sea.

All Washington State and Jefferson County health guidelines for Covid-19 are observed at PTMSC. Capacity is limited to 50 percent for better physical distancing. For information on visiting, see https://ptmsc.org/ and click on the ‘Visit Aquarium’ tab.