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Alannah Biega's Internship with the Vancouver Aquarium

I completed my ReNewZoo internship at the Vancouver Aquarium under the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, one of Canada’s largest direct-action conservation initiatives. My work with the program was diverse: I was involved in supporting cleanup activities, developing communication content for social media, and data visualization. In September we held the largest shoreline cleanup of the year to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day. In total, 350 volunteers gathered to cleanup Iona Beach near Richmond, BC, and we removed 215 kg of litter from the shoreline. Aside from assisting with outreach, I helped with data management and visualization. Using litter data submitted by volunteers, I helped develop the citizen science aspect of the program by making maps and writing blogs for the Ocean Wise Aquablog.

Following my graduation, I was offered a temporary contract with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The Vancouver Aquarium is truly a great place to work and I am continuously inspired by my coworkers to make environmentally conscious changes to my daily life, including reducing my use of plastics. I am excited to continue my work with the program and look forward to the initiatives we have planned for 2018!

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