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PAST CONTEST THEMES
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Beneath the Sea 2002
Beneath The Sea's Ocean Pals Poster Contest for Children is a national environmental education-through-art program. Its purpose is to encourage young people to become aware of and share their concerns for the marine environment through poster art. Their messages will be brought to the widest possible audience to create a stronger commitment to protect the environment on which all life on this planet depends.
Aliens in Our Waters
Illustrated by invasive exotic species which are alien to the ecosystem. These invasive species can be plants, animals or other organisms. Why the concern? What do they look like? Where have they invaded? How do they spread? How can they be stopped? What can you do?
Deadline: December 21, 2001
Ocean Pals News Flash! At Risk! All coastal marine life as destructive seaweed
(Caulerpa taxifolia) threatens kelp forests and their related fish,
marine mammals and sea birds. Tiny invaders in America's rivers,
lakes and streams are disrupting our marine ecosystems. Alien
jellyfish, the Terminators, are clogging fishing nets and decimating
shrimp larvae and fish eggs.
of the newest invasive species to hit U.S. waters, the fishhook flea,
is thriving in Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. Marching on and on
and on, green crabs have successfully established residency on the
East Coast and now in California. Hydrilla, another aquatic weed, has
clogged lakes and rivers as far west as California and Washington.
Hitching a ride are the zebra mussels, a tiny animal with the power
to shut down entire electric utilities by clogging water intake
pipes. Turn over almost any rock uncovered by low tide in the
Northeast and you will probably uncover a small purplish-black alien,
the Pacific crab. Several human activities contribute to the long
distance accidental transport of aquatic organisms. However, not all
alien invaders are from far away lands. The flathead catfish, native
to our land, now inhabits 18 states where it was previously unknown.
It lives for 20 years, weighs 50 pounds and feeds mostly on other
Awareness is Urgent! The rate of invasions has been
rapidly increasing. To learn more about them and what we can do to
prevent further invasion, check the web site below. Put your findings
into a poster to show the world how we can act NOW to recognize and
stop these aliens in our waters.
Winners will be presented on Sunday, March 24, 2002 at Beneath The Sea 2002's Ocean Pals Theater, which will feature slide presentations, sea songs, hands-on workshops, contests, prizes, and special guest appearances.
Funding for this project is made possible through Beneath the Sea and grants from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, and the Scuba Network.
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