Office Hour Archives

In this interactive Office Hour chat, Angela Sun — the director/producer/writer of the feature documentary “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” — will take your questions on the movie, its message, and the role of film and media in fighting marine debris.

In this interactive “Office Hour” chat, three experts on marine mammal entanglement and disentanglement answered your questions:

  • Scott Landry is director of the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts. Over the past 30 years, the Center has freed more than 100 large whales from life-threatening entanglements, as well as dozens of smaller cetaceans, seals, and other marine animals.
  • Lauri Jemison is a biologist who has studied pinnipeds in Alaska for the past 25 years, and worked since 1997 with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Marine Mammal Program. She has studied sea lion entanglement in marine debris and ingestion of fishing gear for the past decade. Packing bands, used in the shipping and fishing industries, and large rubber bands, used for many purposes including holding crab pots closed, are two of the most common neck-entangling materials.
  • Sue Goodglick is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Steller sea lion research program and member of the multi-agency Pinniped Entanglement Group. As part of her job, she helps develop and disseminate outreach materials for the group's “Lose the Loop!” campaign, an effort to help reduce animal entanglements in marine debris.

In this interactive 'Office Hour' chat, Nick Mallos of Ocean Conservancy will take your questions on the upcoming 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, to occur 21 September (note that the Office Hour takes place four days before the Costal Cleanup). Last year the Cleanup mobilized more than 560,000 volunteers and collected 10 million pounds of trash from coastlines worldwide. The annual Cleanup, now in its 28th year, is an Ocean Conservancy initiative.

In this interactive ‘Office Hour’ chat, Daniella Russo, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Plastic Pollution Coalition, took questions on ocean plastics, how Plastic Pollution Coalition addresses this global issue, and its recent ‘Think Beyond Plastic’ innovation competition. Founded in 2009, Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance working on ending plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animals, and the environment.