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USGS Staff Participate in Grand Community Clean-Up—A Kickoff Event for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida



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Personnel from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, participated in the Clam Bayou Trash Bash, a local volunteer trash clean-up effort conducted as part of the Grand Community Clean-Up, a kickoff event for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit.

Clam Bayou Nature Preserve
Above: Clam Bayou Nature Preserve. Photograph from Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Water Matters Magazine, November–December 2012. [larger version]

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, an internationally recognized event celebrating ocean conservation and filmmaking, was held for the first time in St. Petersburg, Florida, from November 3–9, 2014. In previous years, BLUE has been hosted in alternate years in Monaco and Monterey, California. This year, BLUE selected St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the region’s reputation for ocean-science research, its vibrant arts community, and its deep connection with the issues and challenges facing the world’s oceans.

USGS staff members Amanda Sosnowski (left) and Chris Moore use a canoe to access trash and debris near the Clam Bayou Nature Preserve outfall
Above: USGS staff members Amanda Sosnowski (left) and Chris Moore use a canoe to access trash and debris near the Clam Bayou Nature Preserve outfall. [larger version]

The Clam Bayou Trash Bash was organized by the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Sciences and the nonprofits Chart411 and Keep Pinellas Beautiful. The event included volunteers from the USGS, USF student groups, Scubanauts, Admiral Farragut Academy, and additional agencies within the marine science community, such as the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The volunteers removed more than 3,300 pounds of trash from Clam Bayou Nature Preserve, a 10-acre kayak and trail park that drains into Boca Ciega Bay and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. The removed trash included plastic bags, bottles, drinking straws, fishing line, and even a shopping cart and an armchair.

USGS research oceanographer Hilary Stockdon and her son, Ian, pick up trash near the shoreline of a pond
Above: USGS research oceanographer Hilary Stockdon and her son, Ian, pick up trash near the shoreline of a pond that collects stormwater before it enters Clam Bayou. [larger version]

USGS participants included Andrew Brownell, Christopher Moore, Amanda Sosnowski, Hilary Stockdon, and Kathryn Smith, plus family and friends.


Related Websites
BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit
BLUE Ocean Film Festival
USF College of Marine Sciences
USF
Water Matters Magazine, Nov.–Dec. 2012
"SFWMD" (Southwest Florida Water Management District)
Chart411
Chart411
Keep Pinellas Beautiful
Keep Pinellas Beautiful

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Fieldwork
Atlantic Margin Expedition Combines Landslide Studies with Mapping

Exploration of Seamounts in the Northeast Caribbean

Mapping Coastal Changes in Monterey Bay to Aid Planning for Future Storms

Spotlight on Sandy
USGS Joins the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute

New Researcher Studies Coastal Sediment Changes Using 3D Modeling

Research
Interested in Naming Undersea Features?

USGS Ocean Data Ambassador Announces New Website

Shells from Deep Arctic Ocean Sediment Reveal a New Clam Species

Outreach
USGS Field Trip for Attendees at U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting

USGS Staff Aid Community Clean-Up—Kickoff Event for BLUE Ocean Film Festival

Meetings
Workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program

Publications
Nov. / Dec. Publications

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