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HOW HAS THE VOYAGE INFLUENCED YOUR WORK SINCE YOU RETURNED HOME?
In my current role I talk about pollution and litter in Galveston Bay. Last year I started overseeing a marine debris programme. We work with volunteers every month to survey different shorelines and clean up a section of litter. We document what we find using data sheets and teach people how to use the Marine Debris Tracker and Texas Litter Database. We contribute data to important NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research and local evaluations of pollution. You can read more about our marine debris survey work around Galveston Bay here.
“The voyage reminded me that your profession doesn’t really matter, there are folks in all roles that care – you just have to find them, work with them and let them know that they’re valuable to your mission.”
I live near Houston which is famous for petrol, oil and gas refineries. Many people in our community work in those industries, or have family and friends who do. It’s really important as a conservation organization that we don’t shy away from working with them because we are all connected. Galveston Bay Foundation has been working with different industries on community outreach and marine debris projects in the cities where the refineries are. We’ve been very pleasantly surprised by how much some of the staff members care and want to be involved.