Dispatches E-News: Watermen, Zooplankton & Straw Wars (07/19/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Watermen of the Gulf

Generations of watermen share their feelings about working and living along the Gulf of Mexico.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Using Zooplankton to Detect Oil Contamination in Fish

Graduate students Jana Herrmann and Carla Culpepper work in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory studying the diets of larval fish. They’re using zooplankton – tiny animals that float in the ocean and feed baby fish – to look for oil contamination in fish populations.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Straw Wars: The Fight to Rid the Oceans of Discarded Plastic

With eight million tons of plastic trash flowing into the world’s oceans every year, the plastic drinking straw seems like an unlikely primary culprit. Yet this small, slender tube – utterly unnecessary for most beverage consumption – is at the center of a growing environmental campaign aimed at convincing people to stop using straws to help save the oceans.

Americans alone use 500 million plastic straws daily. Citizen activists want consumers to change their habits and say no to straws. Next time, can you skip the straw?

Photo courtesy of Ethan Daniels, Alamy.

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Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf – 2” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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Dispatches From The Gulf: Science, Community, and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is the 14th episode in the Journey To Planet Earth TV series. DVDs are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists. Click here to fill out a request.

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Dispatches is made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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