Stopping Plastic Pollution
Last year, a juvenile green sea turtle in the care of National Aquarium Animal Rescue passed two pieces of green plastic material. This was the first confirmed case of a turtle patient passing plastic debris during rehabilitation at the Aquarium.
Plastic pollution is a growing problem that negatively impacts people, wildlife and ecosystems. The Aquarium works to stop plastic pollution through waterway and community cleanups, public awareness campaigns, advocacy for source reduction solutions and by eliminating single-use plastics in our own business operations. For example, since they were installed in 2014, the water bottle filling stations in the Aquarium have kept about 2.7 million single-use plastic water bottles from entering landfills.
Our waterway and community cleanups remove plastic pollution from the environment. Last year, at our cleanup events at Masonville Cove and the Fort McHenry wetland in South Baltimore, Cox's Point Park in Baltimore County and through our coordination of Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup events across the state of Maryland, we worked with volunteers to remove 83,184 pieces of debris—81,834 of which were plastic—from local shorelines and waterways.
Whether pitching in at a cleanup or trying to eliminate single-use plastics from your day-to-day life, you can take action this July to help stop plastic pollution. Every decision makes a difference. Join us!