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Monmouth Polling Institute, UCI to Host Marine Plastics Panel Oct. 2

The Monmouth University Polling Institute and Urban Coast Institute will co-host Marine Plastics: Law, Science and Action at the university’s Lauren K. Woods Theatre on Oct. 2. The event is free and open to the public.

This panel discussion will feature experts from the legal, scientific, and grassroots activism communities to discuss plastics and microplastics in the marine environment, with a focus on challenges and potential solutions for New Jersey. Topics will include an assessment of the nature and degree of risks posed to humans from microplastics in seafood and shellfish, and from plastics such as straws and bags in the marine environment. The panel will evaluate the advantages and limitations of potential responses to this crisis including bans, other legislative initiatives, market mechanisms, and education and activism.

The Polling Institute conducted a New Jersey poll in September that gathered data on the public’s awareness of and degree of concern for the threats that plastics and microplastics pose to New Jersey’s marine environment. Patrick Murray, director of the Polling Institute, will moderate a discussion that also responds to the results of this poll. See the flyer below for more details.

Parking is available at the Woods Theatre complex, located at 370 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch.  Directions to campus and an interactive map of the University/venue are available online. You can also find the Woods Theatre on Google Maps.

Marine Plastics panel flyer