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PlasticSeas Reduce Your Plastic Use Calendar 2020

This calendar has been created by the EarthEcho International Youth Leadership Council. These youth, aged 16-22, designed this calendar to increase awareness and inspire behavior change to protect our collective future. The YLC invites you to use this calendar track and change your habits and, hopefully, provide monthly ideas to help you live a more sustainable, conscientious lifestyle.

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Sustainable Seafood Calendar and Cookbook 2020

The Sustainable Seafood Calendar and Cookbook was created by our Youth Leadership Council. The council is comprised of youth ages 16-22 who have sought to spread awareness about the importance of sustainability in our daily lives; specifically what we choose to eat. This eco-conscious calendar is a great download for your workspace, classroom, home or office for the next year. This calendar has been released in support of our Expedition: What's the Catch? which highlights sustainable fishing in the UK.

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Expedition: Water by Design Virtual Field Trip with Manatee Lagoon

Explore the fascinating connection between Florida manatees and powerplants. Take a deep dive into the history of Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center®, an educational attraction located in Riviera Beach, Fla., and the adjacent Florida Power & Light Company Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Learn about the role power plants play in this threatened species’ migratory habits and survival. This 45-minute event will take place on Friday, Friday 14th at 10 a.m. EST.

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Expeditions Virtual Field Trip with Hookpod

Approximately 600,000 sea birds die each year by getting caught on hooks used in line fishing. Twenty-three species of sea birds facing extinction are vulnerable to these methods of fishing. A device called the Hookpod, invented by a UK company in Devon, has a clever solution to this problem. The fish hook is designed to reduce birds being caught on hooks, learn more about bycatch and the engineering of this device during our live 45-minute event, Friday, February 14th at 9 a.m. EST.

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Expedition: What's the Catch? Virtual Field Trip

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What’s the By-Catch? Lesson Plan

Seafood serves as a primary source of food and protein for many people across the world, and the economies of many nations are heavily influenced by fish stocks and fisheries management. While efforts are in place to manage fisheries in many places around the world, there are still risks associated with fishing on a commercial scale. Many fishing vessels are equipped to target specific species of fish, for example, cod, but the large nets and trawls used for efficiency have a downside. This downside is called “bycatch”. Bycatch is defined as any non-targeted species that are brought in accidentally within the catch. In this lesson, students will use the engineering design process to create an alternative to modern fishing nets to try and reduce the amount of bycatch. They will also practice data collection and review.

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Fish Hooks, Not Bird Hooks: A STEM Design Challenge

Approximately 600,000 sea birds die each year by getting caught on hooks used in line fishing. A device called the Hookpod, invented by a UK company in Devon, has a clever solution to this problem. The fish hook is covered by a case so birds cannot get hooked. At a certain depth (below the diving depth of indigenous birds) a mechanism is triggered to release the case which floats to the surface and is retrieved to be used again. These lesson ideas provide an interesting practical idea to use a particle model to explain density and pressure in a gas. Students will then take part in a STEM design challenge to make a device to respond to a pressure change at a particular depth of water.

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EarthEcho Expeditions: What's the Catch? Engineering Solutions

Fish are a major food source for other aquatic organisms, but humans as well. What can be done in order to help fish survive, thrive and still be abundant enough to feed a growing population? Philippe Cousteau hears from experts, Dr. Louise Firth, Dr. Daniel Merrifield, and Justin Ruscombe-King about the innovative work being done to help fish populations stay healthy for generations to come. Philippe visits an engineering habitat and an aquaculture farm to learn how we can take action to help save our fisheries.

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Youth In Action: Ella’s Plastic Clever

Meet Ella Turns, an 8-year-old from England. Ella has taken her favorite hobby, paddleboarding, and turned it into a way to keep her local waters clean. She cleans up marine debris, including fishing nets and ropes. Ella has also created a program where local businesses have eliminated their single-use waste, like plastic bags. She leads Phillipe on a paddleboard clean up in the bay.

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