Surfers, scientist begin initiative to protect the ocean

Surfers and swimmers may be able to help scientists in Rockland County who are taking an interactive approach to fixing deteriorating parts of the ocean.

The WSL PURE project aims to allow surfers to help scientists protect the ocean from further damage.

The WSL PURE project aims to allow surfers to help scientists protect the ocean from further damage. (4/5/16)

PALISADES - Surfers and swimmers may be able to help scientists in Rockland County who are taking an interactive approach to fixing deteriorating parts of the ocean.

Paul Speaker is the CEO of the World Surf League, which runs professional surfing events around the world. He's now joining scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades to announce a milestone mission called WSL PURE -- a project for surfers to help scientists protect the ocean from further damage.

Oceanographer Peter de Menocal says he looks forward to the WSL PURE partnership in their ongoing efforts to help the next wave of scientists stabilize the ocean's health through research and education.

Anyone passionate about the ocean can also become a so-called surfer-scientist by sending a photo or video of your next underwater experience through a mobile app called Bleach Patrol.

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