"I feel that POP is doing a great job of searching for practical solutions to these issues. I am honored to be on the advisory board, and am in awe of this dedicated group of volunteer scientists, researchers, students and caring people. Way to go, Team POP!"
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Kurt's non-profit organization is based out of Huntington Beach, CA. ODA’s lofty goal is to “work for a debris free sea” and fits seamlessly with Plastic Ocean Project’s mission. Working with volunteer scuba divers, ODA has removed 33,000 pounds of abandoned fishing nets, 28,000 pounds of marine debris, 27,000 feet of trap lines and over 300 abandoned lobster traps. The vast majority of the nets, lines and debris were manufactured with some form of plastic, mostly nylon and polypropylene.
Kurt has been scuba diving all around the world since 1974 and has witnessed firsthand the drastic reduction in bio-diversity in our underwater world. At the same time he has seen our oceans treated as a universal garbage dump.
As we all know, the vast majority of this marine garbage is plastic. If there is any hope of restoring our oceans to their once vibrant state, something needs to be done with this debris. This is why Kurt supports POP - a beacon of light in an otherwise bleak looking future. He shares our belief that we owe it to ourselves, future generations, AND all the wildlife that we share this planet with, to stop putting this toxic debris in the water in the first place. We can then focus our energies on removing this plastic plague.