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National Marine Aquarium launches ‘What a Waste’ crowdfunder campaign

The National Marine Aquarium is launching a crowdfunder campaign to help raise funds for a brand new exhibit about marine plastic pollution. Aiming to raise at least £30,000, the ‘What a Waste’ exhibit will be used to educate visitors on the dangers plastic pollution poses to marine life and inspire them to help reduce it and its impact.

Millions of tons of domestic and industrial plastic waste finds its way into our seas and oceans each year.  As well as polluting our seas, oceans and beaches, this plastic is lethal to many hundreds of species of marine animals. Plastic is now found throughout marine food chains – it chokes and kills thousands of animals such as turtles, whales, dolphins and seabirds each year and it is consumed by fish and invertebrates across the globe. It is so pervasive that it is now finding its way back to humans through the food chain.

The ‘What a Waste’ exhibit will use plastic waste collected from beaches around the south west of England, and will be designed and built by a group of local Devon artists.

The crowdfunder campaign will offer a number of rewards to encourage supporters to invest in the exhibit. From VIP Immersion Days, Shark feeding experiences, through to sponsorship, there is a range of options to suit every budget.

Dr David Gibson, Managing Director at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “We’re very excited to be launching a crowd-funding scheme for our new exhibit. ‘What a Waste’ will provide a new platform for us to educate and engage visitors to the Aquarium on the dangers of plastic pollution. We hope it will inspire them to change how they use and then dispose of plastic items during their lives. Millions of marine species are affected by plastic litter around the world, and it continues to be a problem here in the south west. ‘What a Waste’ will not only help to clear our beaches of these discarded plastic items, but use them to create a standout exhibit for our visitors to enjoy.

“We’ve developed a wide range of unique reward schemes to help us to be able to fund the new exhibit, with some real once-in-a-lifetime opportunities available. We hope the public will get involved in our crowdfunder campaign and enable us to achieve our ‘What a Waste’ exhibit.”    

For more information about the National Marine Aquarium’s ‘What a Waste’ campaign and to purchase rewards, please visit 

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