Current Actions of the West Coast Marine Debris Plans

For the week of 06 May 2019 

Please join us Thursday, May 16, 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Current Actions of the West Coast Marine Debris Plans – a project of the West Coast Marine Debris Alliance with Eben Schwartz of California Coastal Commission, Nir Barnea and Sherry Lippiatt of NOAA Marine Debris Program, Molly Bogeberg of The Nature Conservancy, Charlie Plybon of Surfrider Foundation, and Tamara Wallace of California State University. 

This webinar will provide insights and information on progress made along the US West Coast as a result of the creation of Marine Debris Action Plans within the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. The webinar will provide a brief overview of the West Coast Marine Debris Alliance, along with summaries of the three action plans themselves, and will then highlight actions taken within the three states to help fulfill the goals of the action plans.

Actions will highlight outreach and education, cleanup and collaboration, and policy efforts undertaken as a result of the development of marine debris action plans.

This is the first of a regular series of semi-annual webinars planned to provide updates to the marine debris community along the US West Coast and to spur ideas and actions in other parts of the world.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

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1 new Conference this week

12 new Literature items this week

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