As part of its continuing 2019 theme of “Into the Deep,” Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is working in partnership with the Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) to highlight the effects of human-made debris on our oceans ecosystems. As part of this partnership, CIMM is pleased to announce an Ocean Defenders Alliance Exhibit that will share the mission, work, and results produced by the Alliance.
While many of us have heard about the harmful debris in our world’s oceans, the Ocean Defenders Alliance is actively working to clean marine habitats in order to protect the vital ecosystems and the marine life who live there. In speaking about the exhibit, CIMM Executive Director, Peter Crabbe said, “Cleaning our oceans is really a battle that aims to save our quality of life. We are so dependent on our oceans, and man-made debris is affecting the health of our oceans and the animals who live in them. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum celebrates all things maritime through art, so this exhibit is a wonderful companion to our artworks that so prominently feature our oceans and waterways.”
The exhibit will feature informative displays as well as a collection of items that have been removed from marine habitats by the Alliance. The Ocean Defenders Alliance exhibit starts on July 1, 2019, and goes through August 26, 2019. Museum/exhibit hours are Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm and Monday 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
About Channel Islands Maritime Museum - Located in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor at 3900 Bluefin Circle. Explore galleries full of rare and beautiful maritime paintings dating back to the 1600s, more than sixty world-class models of historic ships, rotating thematic fine arts exhibitions, and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to expand their horizons about everything maritime. Museum entry is free for members and children under 6, $7 adults, $5 seniors/military, $3 children (ages 6-17), and free on the third Thursday of the month. Info: cimmvc.org or (805) 984-6260. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is open M/Th-Sat 10–4 pm, Sun 12–4 pm and closed Tues and Wed for group tours and private member events, also, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
About Ocean Defenders Alliance - Founded in 2002; the Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) works to clean and protect marine ecosystems through documentation, education, and meaningful action. Working with affected communities, it focuses primarily on the reduction and removal of man-made debris which poses severe threats to ocean wildlife and habitats. ODA envisions a world in which we educate communities and involve them in solutions that help ensure marine ecosystems can exist free from harm caused by human debris. Without abandoned fishing gear, trash, and improperly sunken vessels damaging their habitat, marine flora and fauna will be able to thrive. www.oceandefenders.org