Sea Grant Extension helps create a plan to prevent marine debris


Marine debris such as abandoned vessels, derelict fishing gear, and plastics can threaten human health, navigation safety, wildlife and the environment.

As part of a team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon Sea Grant Extension hosted, planned and participated in two meetings in 2016 that aimed to create a plan to prevent and reduce marine debris in Oregon. The meetings brought together 50 representatives from nonprofits, industry, academia and state agencies.

The participants developed a 29-page, six-year Oregon Marine Debris action plan that identified 76 ongoing and future actions in the following five categories: prevention, removal, coordination, research, and abandoned and derelict vessels. The participants reviewed the final plan and have confirmed their commitment to the actions for which they signed up. The group will reconvene every two years to check on progress and set new targets.


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