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Here you will find the latest information about National Marine Institute's Ocean Science and  Marine Education Program along with other community and regional events that impact our oceans, waterways, marine life and marine community.

Ocean and Beach Clean Up Events

National Marine Institute strongly supports and participates in several ocean cleanup events throughout the year.

To join group site or to volunteer your group, class or troop to participate in any of the local clean-up events, please contact Deborah Ethridge at (954) 788-8840

Marine Industries Association 32nd Annual Waterway Cleanup on  March 7, 2009  Past and current NMI students are being asked to help make a difference on March 7, 2009 from 9AM to 1PM.  Please contact Deborah Ethridge or visit www.waterwaycleanup.org for more information.

Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean Up on September 20, 2008.  National Marine Institute, along with six million volunteers in 127 countries and all 55 USA states and territories, participated in Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean Up in Pompano Beach.  Past and current NMI students came out to help make a difference. Thank you to all who participated. Please visit Ocean Conservancy's website for more information.

Marine Industries Association 31st Annual Waterway Cleanup on  March 8, 2008. Once again, National Marine Institute was site coordinator for Alsdorf Park at NE 14th Street Causeway and ICW, Pompano Beach. Deborah Ethridge was our  Beach Site Captain  She directed volunteers and compiled all of the cleanup data.  Volunteers from many of our current and previous classes began at 9:00 am and ended at 1:00pm.   For more information about this or future events, please review the Marine Industries Waterway Cleanup site. 

Marine Industries Association 30th Annual Waterway Cleanup on  March 3, 2007. National Marine Institute was site coordinator for the Alsdorf Park site at NE 14th Street Causeway and ICW, Pompano Beach.  NMI instructor, Deborah Ethridge was Beach Site Captain  She directed volunteers and compiled all of the cleanup data.  Volunteers arrived by 8:45 am.  Clean-Up began at 9:00 am and ended at 1:00pm.  Check out photos and additional information from this event!  For more information about this or future events, please review the Marine Industries Waterway Cleanup site. 

International Coastal Clean Up on September 18, 2004. National Marine Institute was site coordinator for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea site located on East Commercial Boulevard at Anglin's Pier.  NMI instructor, Deborah Ethridge,  Beach Site Captain, directed volunteers and compiled all of the cleanup data.  Approximately 190 volunteers participated at our site and helped to collected more than 650 lbs. of trash from the beach. 

Florida Coastal Clean Up on  September 20, 2003. National Marine Institute co-sponsored the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Site with Ocean Watch and Broward County Port Authority.  NMI instructor, Irene Arpayoglou acted as Beach Site Captain.  Irene coordinated all the beach volunteers and compiled all of the cleanup data.  Volunteers started arriving before 8:30 am and were on site until after 1:00pm. Over 180 volunteers participated at our site and collected more than 600 lbs. of trash from the beach. A little rain didn't bother the group or dampen enthusiasm. 

Volunteers represented many groups in our area, including employees from American Express and a variety of schools. One teacher came with 58 students in an environmental club known as "Save What's Left".  The group came prepared with their own bags and gloves, and they even sorted and weighed ALL their own trash. Families with small children, groups of  adults, and teams of teenagers all made the day a huge success.  Employees from the Hampton Inn were at the site serving free breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, fruit and pastries.

SCUBA Divers at the Underwater Site collected over 700 lbs. of trash from under and around the pier. Bundles of monofilament line were brought up and disposed of properly.  One of the divers found a gun that had been underwater for a long time and was missing the barrel.  Police were called in to collect and remove it from the site.

The combined efforts of beach volunteers and underwater divers completely filled (actually overfilled) an entire dumpster with trash . The strangest item found at the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea site was an iron.

More than 1,203 volunteers collected 5,718 pounds of trash at 12 different sites along Broward County's 22 miles of coastline from Hallandale Beach to Deerfield. 

In addition to expected trash like wrappers, cigarette butts and drinking straws, strange finds across the county included a set of dentures, assorted clothing and underwear, an ink cartridge, a 20-gallon pickle jar, a telephone, and a locked safe that was turned over to local police.

The International Coastal Clean Up is held every year on a global level. The Ocean Conservancy in Washington DC coordinates the US efforts. Save the Sea Turtle Foundation and Broward County DPEP coordinate Broward County.  The official website is at  http://www.floridacoastalcleanup.org or call 1-800-262-FLORIDA for information on other Florida sites.   More information regarding the Underwater Clean Up may be obtained at  info@oceanwatch.org or by calling 954-467-1366.

 

Other News and Events

September 6, 2006  Deborah Ethridge on the Veritas VIKING surveying the North Sea. Read an excerpt from her recent update: "As most of you know, I've taken a position as navigator with Veritas Geophysical. I'm on the Viking I surveying the North Sea in the approximate position of 56-57 N 3-4 E, south of the international borders between Norway and Germany and east of the UK.   My welcome to the company was a trip to Aberdeen Scotland for Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency Training (BOSIET). You may ask what does that mean and why Scotland, you lucky dog? I simply spent three days learning basic fire fighting, first aid, and offshore survival techniques, like escaping from a capsized helicopter. I call it pool games and much to my relief, it is not a strenuous work out.  As the plane made its decent into Scotland I was struck by the contrast in descending into South Florida, which at night is lit up like a Christmas tree, Scotland is lush and green, a shire, a wonderful sight.  After the course, I had four days to explore Aberdeen. It is full of ancient medieval architecture, castles, cathedrals, stonework and cobblestones, gothic arches, and towers. Some parts look like a movie set. You can just see dragons, lords, knights, ladies in waiting bustling about. I saw a DaVinci exhibit at the Aberdeen Art Gallery and enjoyed a stroll around Old Aberdeen, Kings' College, a botanical garden, St. Machar's cathedral, and Duthie Park. Admission to all of these places is to encourage culture and historical exploration. Wonderful. On the 27th (of August) I joined the Veritas Viking and I've been earning my pay ever since. The crew is easy going and friendly, the boat is clean and comfortable, the work is challenging, but it is still work."

September 2, 2005 The THOMAS JEFFERSON picks up a mascot during Deborah Ethridge's recent hydrographic survey cruise. See her story here "Tillie" - The Great White. http://www.moc.noaa.gov/tj/Tillie_Great_White-1.pdf

August 9, 2003 Stranded whales to be released back into the wild Veterinarians gave the remaining five whales a clean bill of health and medical clearance this week.  The whales will be transported about 12 miles offshore and released in about 1,000 feet of water. Deborah Ethridge, a volunteer and teacher at National Marine Institute,  was one of the original volunteers last April.  Visit the Sun-Sentinel: Features link for more information http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/sfl-liwhalesaug09,0,5248710.story?coll=sfla-home-dots-right-utility

July 2003 The Great Annual Fish Count Join the National Marine Institute as we participate in this national FISH counting event, sponsored by Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). Any interested person can attend our FREE Fish Identification Class and presentation on how to identify local fish and how to count and record fish by using an underwater slate. For more information, visit http://www.fishcount.org.

July 25, 2003  FREE Fish Identification Class In conjunction with The Great Annual Fish Count sponsored by REEF. Hilary Harder and Deborah Ethridge, both current REEF members and National Marine Institute Instructors, present a FREE Fish Identification Class and presentation on how to identify local fish and how to count and record fish by using an underwater slate. 

July 27, 2003  MAKE YOUR SNORKEL COUNT!   Come with us on a Fish Count and Snorkel trip to join in The 2003 Great Annual Fish Count!  A minimum of twenty-five snorkel participants will join  Hilary Harder and Deborah Ethridge, both current REEF members and National Marine Institute Instructors, on a four hour snorkel trip from Pompano to count and identify local Florida fish.  For more information about cost, equipment and age requirements, please review our  FREE Fish Identification Class information or contact Deborah Ethridge at (954) 788-8840 or dethridge@marineinstitute.org.

May 31 and June 1, 2003 Plywood Regatta "Boat Building Goes to the Beach" at DC Alexander Park, Fort Lauderdale Beach (In front of the Swimming Hall of Fame). During this two day event sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, students from Broward County schools will compete building and racing a "sea-worthy" vessel. The money raised during the event will benefit the Marine Magnet programs of Broward County. For more information, visit www.plywoodregatta.com
 

April 30, 2003 Deborah Ethridge Volunteers with National Marine Institute Students to help nurse 6 surviving beached pilot whales in the Florida Keys.The whales are at Big Pine Key around mm 29 and they are the only probable survivors of a pod of 27 that stranded themselves over Easter weekend. Volunteers are still needed. To go in the water with the whales, a person must be 18.  For directions and info, call the Hospital land line at: 1-305-743-4700.


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