Anne Smith (left), Virginia Clean Marina Coordinator, tells students it takes 450 years for plastic bottles to decompose. ©Janet Krenn/VASG
Image by Virginia Sea Grant
Did you know it takes longer for fishing wire to decompose than an aluminum can?
Can you name some of the fish that are part of Virginia’s Saltwater Game Fish Tagging Program?
These are just some of the things students who participated in 2011 Urbanna Oyster Festival Marine Science Legacy Day heard about at the VIMS booth, led by members of Virginia Sea Grant’s Marine Extension Program at VIMS. After talking to students about marine debris and the Game Fish Tagging Program, Anne Smith (Clean Marina Specialist) and Susanna Musick (Marine Recreation Specialist) led students in a fishing game. Students would use a rod and reel to pull in either a fish or a type of marine debris. Then they’d take their catch over to a table to look up information about it.
The Urbanna Oyster Festival Marine Science Legacy Day brings hundreds of elementary school students to Urbanna, VA to learn about science, conservation, and issues in the Chesapeake Bay.
For more information about Virginia Sea Grant and our educational activities, visit vaseagrant.vims.edu