Whaling Museum hosts “Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean: Global Issues and Solutions to Marine Debris”

Rachel Miller, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Thursday, March 31: Reception at 6 pm, Presentation at 7 pm

Ms. Miller is available for interviews on March 30 and March 31.
For images contact Gayle Hargreaves

NEW BEDFORD, Mass – Working from a 60-foot Ted Hood-designed sailboat, Rachael Miller and her team travel the world in pursuit of three visionary goals: “a clean ocean, a protected ocean, and a thriving ocean.” Miller, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, will give a talk entitled “Global Issues and Solutions to Marine Debris” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Thursday, March 31 beginning at 7 pm. A reception precedes the presentation at 6 pm. Cost to attend is $15 for Museum members; $20 for non-members. Register by calling (508) 997-0046 ext. 100 or at whalingmuseum.org.

In an action-oriented and optimistic presentation, Miller will share Rozalia Project’s research on the impact of marine debris in the world’s oceans and coastlines, and recommend solutions to restoring ocean health: solutions that range in scale from individual action to broader coalitions.

Rozalia Project seeks to protect and clean the ocean – and enlist the help of others – using innovative technology, solutions-based research, and education including engaging STEM programs for children and teens. Of particular concern is the problem of marine debris in urban and coastal waters, especially where there is urban sprawl. The project’s efforts encompass “the whole water column, from surface to seafloor.”

“We believe that we can clean the ocean and that it will take innovation and action from individuals, cities and organizations. We believe that every effort counts from picking up 2 pieces of trash on a morning beach with your dog to being part of a community-wide cleanup that fills a dumpster in one morning,” says Miller.

The Rozalia Project headquarters is mobile - on board American Promise, which was designed by Ted Hood and was once owned by the late Dodge Morgan. Morgan sailed it singlehanded nonstop around the world in 1985 and eventually donated the boat to the U.S. Naval Academy. Miller and her husband James Lyne purchased American Promise from the Academy and began using the boat as home base for Rozalia Project in 2011. This makes it possible for the project to operate far from shore for extended periods of time. In addition, guests and interns often join the project team on missions, working side by side with scientists to further ocean health through action and research.

Technology on board American Promise includes two VideoRay ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles) capable of diving down to 1000 ft and equipped with Blueview imaging sonar and manipulator arm, Tritech’s Starfish sidescan sonar for imaging the ocean floor, KCF Smart Tether for positioning underwater, and a Lynn box for making fuzzy video images sharp, plus two neuston nets for surface tows, several dip nets, a Ponar sediment grab, and an electronic microscope.

“Global Issues and Solutions to Marine Debris” on March 31 will be the second presentation in as many days that Miller gives at the Whaling Museum. She is also appearing as a panelist on March 30 as part of “Where the Land Meets the Sea,” a three-part series presented by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Museum. Miller’s presentation for this series focuses on more local issues and is titled “Restoring Water Quality.” She will appear with co-panelist George Heufelder, Director, Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment. For information about “Where the Land Meets the Sea” or to register call (508) 997-0046, ext. 100 or visit whalingmuseum.org.

Contact: Gayle Hargreaves
Director of Marketing
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 139 (office)


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and the history and culture of the South Coast. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org