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Tackling Trash When Fishing


Tackling Trash When Fishing fact sheet

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Trash Free Trails


Trash Free Trails fact sheet

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Reducing Plastic Waste When Boating


Reducing Plastic Waste When Boating fact sheet

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Marine Debris Awareness Training Guide for Restaurant Staff


Marine Debris Awareness Training Guide for Restaurant Staff

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Ohio Sea Grant, with support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, conducted two linked research projects from 2016-2020 that informed a comprehensive education and outreach campaign designed to reduce plastic pollution in the environment.

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Plastic cigar tips debris: Exploring use and disposal issues for Lake Erie beaches


Great Lakes states are increasingly faced with questions regarding how plastic debris is impacting marine and coastal ecosystems. This is especially evident along the southern beaches of Lake Erie, where high population and industrial development have contributed to the plastics problem. In Ohio, the most common items found are cigarettes and other smoking related materials, including plastic cigar tips. Given the growing awareness of the issue, and the impact of plastics on beaches throughout the Great Lakes, a focus group convened to investigate strategies to help address the problem. The group was comprised of individuals with practical knowledge of plastic cigar tip use and disposal issues, including representatives of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, community groups, and local academic institutions. This report represents the exploratory results of the focus group, complete with information regarding the what, why, and how of plastic cigar tip debris in the region, guidance on the material and social barriers to sustaining desired behaviors (cessation of use by minors and/or proper disposal), strategies to overcome those barriers, and suggestions for management and policy actions moving forward. Group members suggest that a combination of education and government-supported financial incentives may be the most effective approach, with community-based positive messaging backed by local taxes on smoking items that have plastic tips and rebates or other rewards for properly disposing of debris.

DOI: VOLUME: 137 LENGTH: 4 pages

Twine Line Fall/Winter 2017

Twine Line Fall/Winter 2017

All Washed Up – Ohio Sea Grant works to stop marine debris before it gets to Lake Erie beaches.

VOLUME: 39 ISSUE: 2 LENGTH: 19 pages
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Barriers and benefits to desired behaviors for single-use plastic items in northeast Ohio’s Lake Erie basin


Given the growing saliency of plastic marine debris, and the impact of plastics on beaches and aquatic environments in the Laurentian Great Lakes, applied research is needed to support municipal and nongovernmental campaigns to prevent debris from reaching the water’s edge. This study addresses this need by examining the barriers and benefits to positive behavior for two plastic debris items in northeast Ohio’s Lake Erie basin: plastic bags and plastic water bottles. An online survey is employed to gather data on the use and disposal of these plastic items and to solicit recommendations on how to positively change behavior to reduce improper disposal. Results support a ban on plastic bags and plastic water bottles, with more enthusiasm for a bag ban. Financial incentives are also seen as an effective way to influence behavior change, as are location-specific solutions focused on education and outreach.

VOLUME: 127 LENGTH: 9 pages
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