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LAMI Youth Learn, Expand Outreach on Reducing Ocean Plastic Pollution

By Mark Friedman, RL Correspondent, Marine educator LA Maritime Institute, San Pedro LA Maritime youth crew members, interpreters and educators on the Explore the Coast monthly sails, and others from the Animo HS marine Biology Club in Lennox, have been busy expanding their educational and action campaign, regionally and nationally. They have participated in the LA Science fair, as well as at Animo HS, presented to a teacher’s workshop hosted by USC Sea Grant and NOAA and Skyped with students and scientists nationally and internationally.

In mid-May, they visited the most advanced state-of-the-art recycling plant, CarbonLite, near Riverside. They received a tour of the plant and saw the process of recycling plastic bottles firsthand. The process includes sorting, cleaning, shredding, melting and reforming into pellets, and finally packaging of the resin pellets for sale to companies seeking to incorporate recycled plastic in their products. With proposed California Laws that require a percentage of recycled plastic in new plastic products, many companies are seeking this new product.

They were hosted and toured thru the plant by Jose and Jeff, explaining each step of the process. For these twenty students, who’ve been engaged for the entire school year in research and action campaigns to reduce ocean plastic, this was a vivid example that the potential exists to recycle a higher percentage of plastic that is currently reused.

The students have produced a website and uploaded their research projects and their bilingual materials to educate others throughout the world about much-needed efforts to recycle and reuse plastic products and prevent their introduction into landfills and the ocean. In this effort, they have collaborated with other students in Japan, around the US, and most recently a delegation of two Latinas participated in student and teacher workshops for a week in Chile.

They work closely with local organizations such as Algalita, 5Gyres, City2Sea, AltaSea, LA Maritime Institute, USC Wrigley Marine center, etc.

For those students and others interested in following these efforts, supporting the students and joining in their action campaign, please visit their website.

Photos by Erika DeleMarre


LAMI hits Chile with Youth Crew student presentations on Microplastics

Two Animo HS students, Briceida Montes and Melissa Zepeda, educators on the LAMI & Coastal Conservancy sponsored Explore the Coast sails have been educating scores of middle and high school students on microplastics. Teachers workshop will advance microplastic education and reduce ocean plastic pollution. Research done from aboard LAMI tall ships is featured in their studies and PPT presentations.

They are joined by LAMI science educator Mark Friedman, also a mentor of their HS marine Biology/environmental club.

Saturday Muster Weekly Post

Hi everyone,
This is Captain Patterson here…
SWIFT Saturdays begin this Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 9 AM.
Please come join the fun as we clean and organize SWIFT parts. We will also be doing light
sanding, general maintenance of the deck, and bilge cleaning.
You must arrive in time for the 9 AM safety meeting and to be issued a hard hat (or bring your
We will be continuing SWIFT Saturday Musters for June 2nd and June 9th to join us for one or all three!
Looking forward to seeing you.
Captain Patterson

Ocean plastic pollution: under the magnifying glass in Chile

Workshops held for science teachers and students in Valdivia by LAMI Youth Crew members

Professors and teachers had the opportunity to be part of the Workshop “Microplásticos: the oceanic trip of garbage”, in the Coastal Laboratory of Aquatic Resources Calfuco just outside of Valdivia, Chile.

The workshops were led by Mark Friedman, science teacher at the LA Maritime Institute, former science teacher at the Animo High School in Los Angeles California and mentor of the Marine Biology Club of the same school and two Animo students This training, which ended on Friday, May 11, was the end of a cycle of activities related to the care of the oceans and their environmental protection.

The PAR Explora of CONICYT Los Ríos, joined this final initiative aimed at teachers in the area of science, with the aim of providing methodological tools to stimulate students in scientific research. In addition to motivating them to care for the environment, especially that of the oceans and the entire ecosystem that it comprises.

All this was possible thanks to a scholarship given by the United States Embassy to the Faculty of Sciences of the Austral University of Chile, who with it managed to invite the Los Angeles residents to teach students and teachers about the consequences of throwing plastic waste at schools and home that end up in the ocean. Coordinating this effort in Chile were Carla Christie and Paula Marin.

The workshops were also guided by the students, members of the Marine Biology Club of Animo High School, Briceida Montes and Melissa Zepeda, who mentioned the great experience he has lived these days and how surprised he is to see the interest of schoolchildren and teachers to participate in the activities. “Many of them were amazed to see that the plastic was a problem in the world, and the teachers showed a lot of interest in us, they were very focused, they were like students and that is not seen much in the teachers”.

Carolina Rodríguez, the environmental education educator in schools from North Patagonia to Southern South, pointed out how interesting it is to be able to apply practical activities with students to guide them to discover the effects of human beings in the oceans, “I think it is very important to teach schoolchildren how to identify the different types of plastics and fight them. In addition to learning the methodologies, it is essential to see how to prevent the entry of this material into the ecosystem. It is important to see the ecology in another way, not only in a way that the human being uses it and how it affects us but also to value it for itself and see that the other organisms that live on the planet have the right to live in a healthy and free environment. of our trash.”

The educational activities began on Monday, May 7 to elementary and middle school students of various educational establishments. in the Valdivia region, teaching on microplastic pollution and their research, with the aim of galvanizing new recycling programs and greater consciousness of the plastic impact on marine organisms and humans thru ingestion of marine shellfish and fish.

The emphasis in these workshops was to complement the learning objectives of subjects such as Natural Sciences, History and Geography, Mathematics, Language and Communication and Visual Arts, which point to the critical and reflective thinking of scientific research. Teachers and students physically examined local beach sand with plastic particles and dissected boluses (stomach contents) of Albatross chicks who died from plastic consumption. (see photos below)

Support for this educational effort also came from the US with a grant from LA Supervisor Janice Hahn and materials supplied for the workshops from Algalita, Ocean Conservancy, 5Gyres, LA Maritime Institute, HHMI Medical Institute Winged Ambassadors and City2Sea. Photos and article by Mark Friedman.


Love that Cioppino. BEST IN THE SOUTH BAY

Hello Fellow Sea Lover,

A reminder that the Celebration of the Sea 2018 will take place at the Port Royal Marina and Yacht club on May 26, 2018, starting at  3 p.m. Click here for the flyer. This event is a fundraiser for the Animo Marine Biology Club.  Many in the Marine Biology Club go on to study marine science and become our future Ocean scientists.  You may view a short video of the Marine Biology club in action by clicking here.  This year we hope to help fund 25 inner-city students for a trip to Montana del Oro Tidepools, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay Area Research Institute, Elk Horn Slough, Kayaking, Camping and Ed Ricketts Museum.

Not only that, but we will once again be serving seafood Cioppino prepared by one of the best chefs in the South Bay (Robert Bell from Chez Mélange Restaurant), Lobster donated by our own Port Royal lobster divers (Lobsterdon and Urchin Cathy). Also, a program featuring underwater videos and students Briceida and Melissa from the club who will have just returned with Mark Friedman from a Microplastics conference in Chile.

If you plan to attend and haven’t already RSVPed, please RSVP to the event by replying to this e-mail and saying yes so we know how many to expect and have enough food.

This will be our 8th year of doing this and we have raised thousands of dollars for this cause. It is really a grassroots effort and many in the Yacht Club and supporters have donated time and food to compliment Robert’s outstanding Cioppino. We can be proud as a club for what we have done in the past. If you would like to help this year, please let me know. At this point, we could use some help on set up and take down, club bartenders, and could use some food donations (appetizers, French bread, salads, side dishes).

Thanks for your interest and if you have any question, just reply to this e-mail and ask me. I’ll send out an e-mail a few days before the event with the details and a timeline of events for the day

As always, if you would not like to receive these e-mails, simply reply to this e-mail with REMOVE in the title.

Thanks, and looking forward to another fun and worthwhile event again this year.

Barbara Smith

LA Waterfront Town Hall 2018

On March 20, 2018, the Port of Los Angeles hosted a community town hall to update stakeholders with the latest information about current and planned projects in development on the LA Waterfront, with presentations by the Port’s Executive Director Gene Seroka on the San Pedro Public Market and the Port’s Director of Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate Mike Galvin on the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade. The town hall also featured presentations by Councilmember Joe Buscaino, LA Waterfront Alliance (developers of the San Pedro Public Market) AltaSea, Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI), CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, and Battleship IOWA.


Listen to the voices of LAMI featured on Born to Talk!

Thanks to Alice and Noah for joining me on the #BornToTalkRadioShow as we talked about all the exciting programs offered at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. These Tall Ships provide students and adults the opportunity to learn about sailing as well as classroom science-related activities. Students from all over along with volunteers have hands-on experiences.

I really enjoyed learning about your organization.
– Marsha Wietecha

Click here to watch the video


Saturday Muster Weekly Post

Hi everyone,

This is Captain Patterson here… saying thanks to everyone that has been helping during the holiday season.

We now have the Swift of Ipswich back at the LAMI campus and we will be doing some light maintenance as well as site clean-up. We have been organizing building G and cleaning up the yards, as well as making progress in the Swift Yard Building G. We will be assembling 2 sheds and 3 chemical storage cabinets, as well as reorganizing all chemicals, paints, varnishes to one location. Also, we will be creating a personal protection equipment area to further promote safety in the workplace.

Come join us this week or on Saturday the 3rd to help complete these and other projects at Building G Saturday Muster.

A picnic lunch will be provided, which includes hot dogs and drinks inside Building G.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Captain Patterson