Microplastics — as well as bags, bottles and other plastic items — are wreaking havoc on beaches and in oceans, polluting the environment and harming and even killling marinelife. / Photo courtesy Maya McGuire, UF/IFAS

“Ocean Plastics: Are We Making Progress?” is the title of a Brown Bag Lunch discussion that is set for Tuesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House at the Marine Resources Council (MRC).

The MRC is at 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay.

The event is free, but you must register, and a $5 donation is requested. Bring your lunch if you’d like.

The guest speaker will be Patty Goffinet, founder of BlueTube, who will discuss efforts to fix our plastic-waste mess. Topics will include recycling, landfills, garbage collection, incineration and plastic-eating bacteria.

Goffinet took part in a scientific expedition to the North Pacific Gyre to study plastic waste in 2012. On her return to Florida, she founded BlueTube to encourage people to collect plastic from shores by providing a bag and a reminder (www.bluetubebeach.org).

To register for this event, visit https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E342247&id=92.

For more information on the Marine Resources Council, call 321-725-7775 or visit www.SaveTheIRl.org.