What a Waste!

by national-marine-aquarium in Devon

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To raise funds for an exhibition on Marine Plastic Pollution to be housed at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth.

by national-marine-aquarium in Devon

Project aim

To raise funds for an exhibition on Marine Plastic Pollution to be housed at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth.

About the project

The National Marine Aquarium is the UK’s largest public aquarium and it is also a registered charity dedicated to conserving the Marine Environment. Welcoming around 300,000 visitors each year from all over the UK we take our job very seriously. As well as providing a truly world class visitor experience we devote a lot of our time and resources to carrying out education, conservation and research.

We teach around 30,000 school children each year about the marine environment through a formal learning programme linked to the National Curriculum.

As well as engaging with our visitors we also work with the media and our on-line community to campaign for real change in relation to the marine environment. You can learn more about our work from our website, www.national-aquarium.co.uk, our facebook page facebook/nationalmarineaquarium and our twitter feeds, @NMAPlymouth, @Reconnect_NMA, @DrDaveNMA.

Why we are crowdfunding

We have launched this Crowdfunder campaign to raise at least £30,000 to help us fund a semi-permanent exhibition about Marine Plastic Pollution. The exhibit will explain what we can all do to prevent this important issue getting any worse.

Millions 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 animal.

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. It is so pervasive that it is now finding its way back to us through the foodchain!

By changing the way we buy and dispose of products in our everyday lives we can all make a real difference to the health of the world’s oceans.

Our exhibition will use plastic waste collected from beaches around the South West of England to entertain and educate our visitors about the dangers posed by marine plastic pollution and give real life examples of what we can all do to reduce the impact of this waste.

 

Testimonials

 Rame Peninsula Beach Care (The Artists!)

"Nobody likes to go to the beach and find it covered in rubbish – but marine plastic is much more than just an eyesore. We’ve only been using plastic on a wide scale for 60 years, and the harm it’s already causing in the ocean is overwhelming.

Each year plastic kills at least one million sea birds and 100,000 whales, dolphins, seals and turtles, which either mistake it for food or become entangled in it. In some parts of the ocean there are six times more plastic particles than plankton. Most marine litter starts out as litter on land, so we can actually do a lot to stop it ever reaching the sea.

We want this exhibition to raise much-needed public awareness about marine litter and the unnecessary suffering it causes. We also hope it will spread the message that this is a tragedy we can all do something about – from government down to individuals and the everyday choices we make."

Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

"The amount of litter on our beaches and in our seas is too high and we need to do something about it. Marine wildlife can become entangled in it or mistake it for food. It also looks disgusting, is a hazard to our health and costs millions to clear up. 

 In 2014 the Marine Conservation Society found nearly 2,500 items of litter for every kilometre of beach we surveyed. Our 'throw-away' consumer culture has meant we use more plastic than ever in our daily lives, and we have seen this reflected in our Beachwatch surveys: the amount of plastic litter on beaches has increased 180% since 1994. Plastic never biodegrades or disappears, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, and can eventually become microplastics. Worryingly, microplastics can also be found in products like toothpaste, shaving foam and facial and body scrubs. These tiny plastic pieces in our personal care products are being washed down our drains and end up in our seas, where they can adsorb toxic chemicals from their surroundings. Since microplastics can be eaten by animals near the bottom of the food chain, the potential exists for these toxins to be passed up the food chain, ultimately to ourselves as seafood consumers. Litter comes from many sources – the public, fishing and shipping activities, from people putting stuff down the loo, instead of in the bin so it ends up on the beach through sewage pipes – but it is all preventable!"

Prof Richard Thompson, Plymouth University

"Plastic debris is widespread in the marine environment. It contaminates habitats from the poles to the equator and has been reported on shorelines, at the sea surface and in  the deep sea. Around 700 species are known to encounter marine debris; in many cases this results in physical harm or death. Yet the societal benefits that plastics bring can be realised without the need for emissions of plastic debris to the environment. Solutions are at hand, but require us to rethink our production, use and disposal of plastic items.  Education is central to achieving change, our previous work has shown just how important public exhibits can be in raising awareness not only about the problem but also the solutions.  I fully support this funding initiative.’’

FAQs

  1. How much of the money raised will go towards the exhibition?
  2. 100% of our target £30,000 will go to designing, building and installing the exhibition. Any funds raised above and beyond our initial target will allow us to provide, free of charge, reusable water bottles to each of the students who come to the aquarium to learn about the marine environment.
  3. Who will be commissioned to design and build the exhibition?
  4. A local artists group, based at Rame Head, will be commissioned to build the majority of the exhibition. The overall exhibition design will be completed by our Creative Partners at Bluestone 360.
  5. Where will the plastic used in the exhibition come from?
  6. It will be collected from beaches across Devon and Cornwall, cleaned and then repurposed into the exhibition.
  7. How long will the exhibition be on show?
  8. We have committed to having the exhibition on show for a minimum of 2 years from July 2015.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

For pledging £10 to our project you will receive a personal thank you letter from the National Marine Aquarium thanking you for your support.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Each person pledging £20 will receive a personal invitation to the launch event for the exhibition. At this event you will have a chance to preview the exhibition before the rest of our visitors, you will also get the chance to meet the artists behind the exhibition and enjoy the rest of our exhibits in a relaxed atmosphere.

£25 or more

7 of 400 claimed

£25 Reward

For investing £25 in our project your name will be placed on a plaque on our sponsors "Fish Wall" for a minimum period of 1 year.

£50 or more

9 of 24 claimed

£50 Reward

Fish feeding experience You and a friend (maximum of 2 people) will join one of biologists in preparing the food for the animals in the Plymouth Sound Area of the aquarium. You will then join the biologist as they make the first feeding round of the day and help them to feed all of the animals in this area of the aquarium. Some of the stars of the show in this area include octopus, cuttlefish, crabs, lobsters, flatfish and sharks. During the experience, which will last 3 hours in total, you will learn about what goes into keeping all of these animals happy and healthy as well as learning about the conservation and research work that goes on in the National Marine Aquarium. This experience will include a photo opportunity so that you can take your memory home with you and entrance for you and your guest to the national marine aquarium on the day of the experience and a complimentary Annual Pass to revisit the aquarium as often as you want for a year. In addition to the above you will receive two tickets to the exclusive exhibition preview evening where you will have the chance to meet the artists behind the exhibition.

£100 or more

3 of 200 claimed

£100 Reward

One year Family Priority Pass For this level of investment you will be awarded with a 1 year family Priority Pass (2 adults plus 2 children (4-16 years)). The Priority Pass includes unlimited access to the National Marine Aquarium (except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day), priority entrance via our Fast Track entrance, 10% discount on all additional purchases (shop, cafe and events) and copies of our regular newsletters and invites to special events. The package also includes personalised Gift Bags for each member of your family. In addition to the above you will receive four tickets to the exclusive exhibition preview evening where you will have the chance to meet the artists behind the exhibition.

£150 or more

1 of 24 claimed

£150 Reward

Biologist for the Day Your day will start at 8am working in the area of your choice to prepare the aquarium for opening. All of the animals have to be checked, tanks cleaned and animals fed before opening to the public at 10am. After a cup of tea the real work begins! You will help the team ensure that all of the animals in the aquarium collection are looked after properly. Three times a week the large sharks get fed and daily all of the other animals get their food. You may be lucky enough to help with a beach collection trip or refurbishing one of the exhibits. You may also get the chance to help out with one of our research projects. Either way you will get a unique insight into what goes into running the UK's largest Public Aquarium each day. Unfortunately you won’t get the chance to dive with our animals though! The experience will include a photo opportunity so that you can take your memories home with you and an Annual Pass to come back as often as you wish for a year. In addition to the above you will receive two tickets to the exclusive exhibition preview evening where you will have the chance to meet the artists behind the exhibition. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the activities within this package we need to set a minimum age limit of 16. Any people aged 16 or 17 will also need to have a signed parental consent form before undertaking the activity. If you are 18 or over there is no barriers.

£200 or more

0 of 100 claimed

£200 Reward

Two year Family Priority Pass For this level of investment you will be awarded with a 2 year family Priority Pass (2 adults plus 2 children (4-16 years)). The Priority Pass includes unlimited access to the National Marine Aquarium (except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day), priority entrance via our Fast Track entrance, 10% discount on all additional purchases (shop, cafe and events) and copies of our regular newsletters and invites to special events. The package also includes Gift Bags for each person in your family. In addition to the above you will receive four tickets to the exclusive exhibition preview evening where you will have the chance to meet the artists behind the exhibition.

£250 or more

0 of 12 claimed

£250 Reward

You and a friend (maximum 2 people) will be given the opportunity to prepare the daily food for our large sharks and rays before assisting our senior biologists in feeding them. This includes our 3m long Sand Tiger Sharks. During the experience you will learn about the conservation status, husbandry and biology of the sharks. This is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity. A Photo opportunity will also be included to make sure you have a souvenir of your day. The experience also included entrance to the aquarium for you and your guest plus complimentary Annual Passes to the aquarium. In addition to the above you will receive two tickets to the exclusive exhibition preview evening where you will have the chance to meet the artists behind the exhibition.

£500 or more

0 of 12 claimed

£500 Reward

VIP Immersion Day For a group of up to 6 people we will provide a 2 hour guided tour of the exhibitions in the morning. This will be followed by a 3 course lunch in a private dining area of the aquarium with a menu comprised of locally sourced produce cooked by our Head Chef, Craig Walker. After lunch you will be given a personalised guided tour of the "Behind the Scenes" areas of the aquarium including above each of our main tanks. You will all have a chance to meet Snorkel our Loggerhead Turtle and our sharks as well as learning about how we look after all of the animals in our collection. During the tour you will learn about our conservation projects as well as our education work. You will also get an insight into what goes into running the countries largest public aquarium. At the end of your day with us you will receive personalised Gift Bags from our shop containing a range of items from our ethically sourced retail products. A photo opportunity will also be included to make sure you take your memories home with you. The experience also involves entrance to the aquarium for you and your guests on the day and complimentary Annual Passes. In addition to the above you will receive six tickets to the exclusive exhibition preview evening where you will have the chance to meet the artists behind the exhibition.


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