Dr. Chris Pincetich works at the Sea Turtle Restoration Project at Turtle Island Restoration Network campaigning to save sea turtles and protect healthy ocean habitats. Chris’ sea turtle conservation work extends from the Gulf of Mexico, where he fought for increased wildlife rescue efforts during the BP oil spill, to nesting beach patrolling on the Pacific shores of Costa Rica. His passion for promoting sea turtle and ocean conservation has been shared through speaking engagements ranging from international scientific conferences to elementary school classrooms. Chris has a doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Marine Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Studying plastic pollution on our shorelines and in marine endangered species habitat is the focus of Chris's current work in marine environmental toxicology.
Experiments just published have confirmed the discussions I have been leading for years on the potential eco-toxic impacts of marine plastic pollution to young, endangered sea turtles. New scientific research has validated fears of the global impacts of marine plastic pollution to marine life and marine ecosystems. Plastic does adsorb toxic PCBs, PBDEs and PAHs* from seawater and does transfer toxicity from adsorbed chemicals to fish that ingest them, found a new study published in Nature yesterday.
My Project AWARE Ocean Hero year is building momentum across Central America! Hundreds of people in audiences in Panama and Guatemala were shocked and moved to action by the science and advocacy action efforts I shared in several lectures. They learned, most for the first time, that plastic marine debris is killing sea turtles, seabirds, and whales and the toxic chemicals in plastic are entering seafood and ourselves.
From September 2 to September 8, 2013, I am joining the Plastic Pollution Coalition in partnership with Central American NGOs as part of an expert panel traveling to Panama and Guatemala to discuss issues related to plastic pollution – eco-system degradation, public health and environmental justice.
Teaching about the ocean, its myriad inhabitants, thier amazing lives, and the many things we can do to help ocean creatures survive and thrive is a passion of mine. I love sharing the joy of discovery when at the beach, even something as simple as picking up litter that washed ashore from a far-away land. The fact that marine debris and other plastic pollution in the ocean harms marine life is not well known in Central America and Costa Rica.
An amazing conservation with some of the world's leading ocean conservation advocates! I was thrilled to be on this web conference call, better known as a Google+ Hangout, with amazing colleagues, heroes, and friends. This movie is highlights of a one hour conversation. Enjoy!! Look for the Project AWARE sea turtle sign in the background!
This great video our team captured shows the very end of a triumphant process of entangline 15lbs of rope and netting, dangerous marine debris, from a pile of sticks and logs along the leatherback sea turtle nesting beach near Estacion Las Tortugas, along the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.
Partnering with EcoTeach at Estacion de Tortugas on the remote Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, volunteers joined me to remove deadly plastic debris from nesting beaches for endangered leatherback sea turtles.
As part of my ongoing Ocean Hero work on-the-ground helping reduce marine debris, I organzie advocacy efforts to help advance policies that will reduce plastic pollution. This year there are several bills in the California Legislature that would result in sweeping, positive changes. California can be a leading edge for new policies to slow the massive wave of plastic entering the ocean and make producers handle some of the responsibilities of dealing with their waste!
Tonight I am the moderator at the second annual PLASTICS 360: Impact & Possibilities Movie Night which shows several high-impact movie shorts connected by engaging discussions with experts after each film. My expertise is the impact of plastic pollution in the ocean: deadly entaglements, posionous ingestions, and the blight across all ocean habitats caused by litter from the land, sea, and industrial fishing. Combining entertainment with science and a call to action is a winning combination I enjoy.