Components of litter collected and logged by the Litter Mermaid Project 2017

Components of litter collected and logged by the Litter Mermaid Project 2017

The Litter Mermaid Project by Lauren Kitayama

The Litter Mermaid Project started as an internship with Debris Free Oceans based in Miami, FL. Lauren Kitayama, our intern receiving a Masters in Professional Science at RSMAS, was trying to  quantify the problem of marine litter in Biscayne Bay by adding more rigorous data collection from coastal cleanups, and encouraging others to do the same. In completing her degree, Lauren conducted one of the first holistic analyses of marine debris accumulation and dispersal data in Miami, Florida.

Read Lauren's final report here: The Litter Mermaid Project_ An Overview of Marine Litter in Miami (2017)