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BTNEP starts up marine debris prevention program with help of local high school students

BTNEP starts up marine debris prevention program with help of local high school students

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, along with its partners, Port Fourchon and the Wisner Family, have kicked off their Marine Debris Prevention Program that will involve participation from local high school students.

The goal of the program is to educate high school students by bringing them into the field to see first-hand the problems with marine debris.

Two students, junior or senior, from high schools in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes were selected by their science teachers to participate in this year’s program.

As part of the program, students will learn the issues with marine debris, which include wildlife entanglement and ingestion, flooding, unsightliness, and the high cost to clean it up. Students will be required to collect and analyze data, research the topic, write a prevention plan and present the outcome to their own high school and to Lafourche and Terrebonne parish officials.

The students will clean a private beach in Port Fourchon once a quarter and then devise action plans that are intended to reduce the amount of trash entering our waterways. The program will continue next year with new students who will implement the action plans from this year’s plans.

“The program will give the students experience in field work, writing a plan and solving a major problem that not only Louisiana faces, but the whole world, which is marine debris,” said Alma Robichaux, BTNEP Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Students representing the local schools include: Emmelynn Thibodaux and Renee Viator (South Lafourche High School), and Claire Blanchard and Heidi Plaisance (Central Lafourche High School).

BTNEP is one of the 28 national estuary programs in the United States. All or parts of sixteen Louisiana parishes are located in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary system.

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