Microplastics in the sea: what we know, and steps to change our reality
Alysse Mathalon, Educator
Imagine yourself sitting on a pristine, sandy beach, looking out into a beautiful expanse of turquoise ocean. If we were to take that sand or water and look at it through a magnified lens, we most likely would see our human footprint- tiny bits of microscopic, plastic particles called microplastics. These particles are not only in the air, water and sand, but also in seafood we eat- and, in you and me.
In her presentation, Alysse will speak about microplastic contamination on the beaches of Nova Scotia and in both wild and farmed blue mussels (the kind we often order at restaurants). She will discuss the main sources of aquatic microplastic pollution, the known effects on humans and wildlife, and current plastic-reduction efforts being made by companies and individuals.
While earning her M.Sc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography at Dalhousie University, Alysse became passionate about preserving the incredible life that exists in the ocean as she learned about the detrimental impacts humans are having on marine life. As a member of the Education team here at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada since November 2018 she is excited to start conversations about plastics, and our opportunities for alternatives.