The Litter Mermaid

Because whosits, whatsits, and thingamabobs don’t belong in our oceans

The Litter Mermaid Project is based in Miami, Florida. We are quantifying the problem of marine litter in Biscayne Bay by adding more rigorous data collection from coastal cleanups, and encouraging others to do the same.

Science begins with observation. We know that there is a lot of trash in our oceans. There are also a lot of people and organizations dedicated to removing this trash. By documenting the types of trash found, we are building a baseline that allows for observations, questions and hypothesis.

It is important to understand how and where litter is moving (physical oceanography), the impacts it might have on wildlife (biology), how chemical exposure is impacting human health (biochemistry) and what this means for the world’s oceans (ecology). We hope our data will encourage collaboration, research, policy and lifestyle changes.

All of our data will be uploaded to Marine Debris Tracker and Florida Microplastic Aware and is freely available. Please check out our progress!

About Me:

I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. I am in Miami pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Conservation from the University of Miami, RSMAS. Marine debris is an issues I have been passionate about since high school.

This blog focuses primarily on the science of marine debris, its sources, impacts, and what is being done, but sprinkled throughout are vignettes about my life, and what it is like to be a young, mixed race female in today’s world.