Turning the tide on ocean plastic

Turning the tide on ocean plastic

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There are only a few days left to show your support for the National Marine Aquarium’s crowdfunder campaign, ‘What a Waste’.

The Aquarium is hoping to raise at least £30,000 for a brand new exhibit about marine plastic pollution that will be used to educate visitors on the dangers it poses to marine life and inspire them to help reduce it and its impact. But with the crowdfunder campaign closing on 1 June, time is running out for donations – and the Aquarium is urging the public not to delay and pledge their support now.

Marine-litter-on-Chesil-BeachMillions of tons of domestic and industrial plastic waste finds its way into our seas and oceans each year.  As well as polluting our seas, oceans and beaches, this plastic is lethal to many hundreds of species of marine animals. Plastic is now found throughout marine food chains – it chokes and kills thousands of animals such as turtles, whales, dolphins and seabirds each year and it is consumed by fish and invertebrates across the globe.

The ‘What a Waste’ exhibit will use plastic waste collected from beaches around the south west of England, and will be designed and built by a group of local Devon artists.

Dr David Gibson, Managing Director at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “Plastic pollution in our oceans is a big issue and with our ever increasing disposable lifestyles, it is an issue that isn’t going away anytime soon. We’ve launched our ‘What a Waste’ crowdfunder campaign in a bid to bring the issue to the forefront and to raise funds to create a new exhibit, so we can continue to engage and educate our visitors on the importance of plastic marine pollution.

“There’s only a few days left for the public and businesses throughout the UK to support ‘What a Waste’ and helps us achieve our crowdfund target. We’ve still got a way to go – but we have faith in the Great British public to make a difference.”

There’s a number of ways the public can support the ‘What a Waste’ campaign with a number of reward packages available. From VIP Immersion Days, Shark feeding experiences, through to sponsorship, there is a range of options to suit every budget.

‘What a Waste’ investor rewards available:

  • VIP Immersion Day – offering an insight into what goes into running the country’s largest public Aquarium, visitors will enjoy a two hour guided tour of the exhibits, a private three-course lunch with a menu comprised of locally sourced produce prepared by the Aquarium’s Head Chef, Craig Walker, a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour, personalised gift bags and photography. £500 for a group of up to six people
  • Shark Feeding Experience – a once in a lifetime experience to join the Aquarium team to prepare and feed the sharks and rays. £250 per experience (for two people)
  • One or Two Year Family Priority Pass – giving unlimited access, Fast Track entry and 10% discount on additional purchases. Family Passes are valid for two adults and two children, aged 4-16 years. Two year pass: £200; One year pass: £100
  • Biologist for the Day – the opportunity to spend a full day working with the Aquarium team, helping with feeding, refurbishing exhibits and the Aquarium’s many research projects, as well as an Annual Pass. £150 per experience
  • Fish Feeding Experience – join an Aquarium biologist in preparing the food for the animals in the Plymouth Sound exhibit, including Octopus, Cuttlefish, Crabs, Lobsters, Flatfish and Sharks. £50 per experience (for two people)
  • Named Sponsor – have your name featured on a plaque on the Aquarium’s ‘Fish Wall’. £25 per plaque (for one year)

For more information about the National Marine Aquarium’s ‘What a Waste’ campaign, please visit www.national-aquarium.co.uk. To pledge support, visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/what-a-waste

For updates, follow @NMAPlymouth and #WhataWaste

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