Why Non-Academics Should Attend IMCC5
While I can’t make it to IMCC5 this June, opening up the conference to non-academics is a great idea and wish more marine science conferences offered the same opportunity
By Chelsea Gray
Everyone loves the sea. Each year, millions of people all over the world flock to sandy beaches. When digging toes into the warm sand, listening to the waves crash over the ocean, how may people feel connected to the ocean? And how many people take that connection home with them, often far from the coast, and impossibly far from the open sea?
Our connection to the sea, no matter how far inland we may live, runs deep. Snow from the mountain tops melts, running off our roads and lawns into rivers, before eventually emptying out to the sea. With much of that run off comes pollutants, chemicals from our pesticides and sediment from agriculture. These pollutants threaten our health and fisheries, as cans of tuna line grocery store shelves.
The ocean has the power to transfix us; It lets us realize our deep connections to nature through…
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