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    AUSMAP ReefClean Community Day - Airlie Beach, QLD

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    Interested in learning more about microplastics around Australia & the impact on humans & the environment?

    Come and participate in our AUSMAP Scientist for a Day program!

    What will you Learn?

    * How microplastics affects our aquatic environment, wildlife and us. 

    * What are microplastics and where we can find them in our local area?

    * How AUSMAP is helping to reduce this problem, along with your help!

    * Gain hands-on experience and be a scientist for the morning -help collect a microplastic survey for AUSMAPs database.

    Experts: Dr Michelle Blewitt (Program Director) & Tayla Shaw (AUSMAP Project & Events manager)

    Location: Airlie Beach - meet on the beach across from the Airlie Beach Hotel

    This community day is supported by ReefClean which is funded by the Australian Government's Reef Trust and is delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

    About the Program

    It’s hard to solve a problem you can’t see - until recently, microplastic pollution presented scientists with a crisis that was invisible to the naked eye. Now we have AUSMAP - Australian Microplastic Assessment Project.

    By translating data into vivid maps of plastic pollution hotspots all over Australia, AUSMAP makes it easy for everyone to see the scale & nature of this growing problem. We need to know how much is out there before we figure out what to do with it and find effective ways to mitigate this issue!

    AUSMAP is a nationwide citizen science program that aims to quantify microplastic pollution, with the primary goals of identifying litter hotspots and assisting in source reduction. The program educates, engages and empowers citizens of all ages to identify microplastic hotspots, finds effective remediation strategies.

    Bring your friends and your family - this community event is for people of all ages!

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