RNN Episode 171 – Plastic with Hilary Jaffe


Guest host Hilary Jaffe joins us once again to talk about micro plastics, public aquarium career opportunities, and crabs getting in the mood! Peter announces that Top Shelf Aquatics joins the team as the key sponsor for the new studios, and as always we laugh and joke and have an all-around good time. All this and more on episode 171 of the Reef News Network!


Hilary: Public Aquarium: All the Jobs! Apply!
Crabs getting turned on by chemicals in plastic. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/hermit-crabs-sexually-excited-by-plastic-pollution-in-ocean-researchers-say/

Peter: Studios are coming!!!! Top Shelf Aquatics has joined as a key sponsor to help facilitate the studio build, Fritz Aquatics and OSA have joined too and construction starts in just 2 weeks!

Featured Topic: Plastic in the Oceans
Fun Facts: 2018 Study: Only 9% of plastic is recycled
Most of the plastic that exists is single use…. 1 & done
3-5 million microfibers in our bodies at 1 time each day
Things like synthetic fabrics fleece, release ~2 grams of microfibers each wash!

Solutions to microfibers:
Planet Care Microfiber solution (stops 90%)
Patagonia- Guppyfriends washing bag for synthetic garments
Natural Fibers (cotton or wood vs synthetic)

Hermit Crabs: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/hermit-crabs-sexually-excited-by-plastic-pollution-in-ocean-researchers-say/

2015 Study: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/corals-dine-microplastics 2018/2019

The Swim: https://www.seeker.com/videos/earth-conservation/how-millions-of-microscopic-fibers-are-ending-up-in-our-bodies

2020 Study: https://phys.org/news/2020-03-microplastics-coral-ecosystems.html

2021 Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004896972100588X

Reef News Network: www.reefnewsnetwork.com


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