Ulithi 2019 Summer Research Expedition With One People One Reef
We returned to the Ulithi Atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia in the Summer of 2019. ODMI researcher’s, Connor Greenwood, Hadley Giebler and Fuller Gerbl led eleven marine debris surveys on four islands accompanied by students and researchers from One People One Reef and students from the Ulithi Youth Action Program. We collected, recorded and sorted over 500 lbs of trash within our eleven survey sites. A marine debris art contest has been implemented on the islands, in the Youth Action Program and in the schools to reuse, re-purpose, spread awareness of the items accumulating on the island shores within the Ulithi Atoll.
In the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019, we partnered with LiMPETs out of the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Our organization collaborated on several field days with local middle and high schools from Monterey County, Santa Cruz County and one middle school from Fresno County. Throughout these field days, we were successful in working with 160 students and conducting 10 surveys.
California Coastal Cleanup Day 2018
Our first local beach survey was conducted on September 15th, 2018. We collaborated with California State Monterey Bay’s Marine Science club and hosted groups from Seaside High School’s Key Club and Environmental Science Club. The event had 68 participants and was a major success conducting 5 surveys.