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Lecture: Garbage in NL Harbours Old & New

The Johnson GEO CENTRE
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Dumping garbage into the ocean is not new. European settlement of Newfoundland coastal areas started around 1600 and 400-year-old garbage including clay pipes and pottery can be found in many Newfoundland harbours today. Unfortunately, contemporary garbage including plastics, fishing gear, and terrestrial debris continues to accumulate in our marine environment which can be ecologically problematic and visually repulsive.

Join Researchers, Corey Morris and Daniel Porter, as they dive into the topic of garbage found in Newfoundland Harbours from the past and present.


Corey Morris is a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He earned a biology degree from the University of New Brunswick, and a M.Sc. and PhD from Memorial University. Dr. Morris’s research focuses on potential effects of human activities upon marine resources, including effects of harbour infrastructure and habitat alterations, seismic exploration and marine noise, and Marine Protected Area effectiveness. He has 20+ years of diving experience and became a scientific diver with DFO in 2003. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Ocean Science, Memorial University

Daniel Porter worked with DFO as a research technician from 1979 until 2017. He completed a biology degree at MUN in 1980. His diving expertise include diving instructor, scientific diver, regional DFO diving safety officer, and he has accumulated 1000+ dives involving habitat research and underwater archeology. Daniel has led the discovery and recovery of many historical artifacts in coastal Newfoundland that are currently on display at museums in Cupids and Bay Roberts . Daniel has worked closely with historians and archeologists since the 1980s, and is currently vice president of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society.