Ocean trash problem focus of Earth Day presentation

ENCINITAS — As an Earth Day celebration, Paul Ecke Central Elementary School will offer a presentation by Capt. Charles Moore, one of the worlds’ most leading authorities regarding the problem of trash in our oceans. Moore’s organization, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, or AMRF, is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research education and restoration. He will speak in the school’s auditorium at 7 p.m. April 22.
Since 1997, Moore has made numerous research voyages, aboard the ORV Alquita, to the North Pacific Sub-Tropical Gyre — an area of the Pacific that is characterized by a circulating rotation of ocean currents. His area of focus has been a large area commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, due to the accumulation of vast amounts of plastic trash. His studies have resulted in a body of authoritative and internationally recognized research publications and data and educational programs.
There is a suggested donation of at least $5. All of the money collected goes directly to support the research of AMRF, a nonprofit. Seating is limited to the first 300 guests. For more info, visit algalita.org.
Paul Ecke Central Elementary School is located at 185 Union Street in Encinitas.


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