Dr. Sullivan and Congressional Members Meet with Marine Debris Program Partners
APRIL 15, 2016--Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, and representatives from the offices of Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell joined the NOAA Marine Debris Program in Long Beach, Washington, on April 8 for a marine debris event.
The event highlighted the Marine Debris Program’s ten-year anniversary, commemorated five years since the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and recognized the efforts of the Marine Debris Program’s partners in Washington State. Representatives from the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Quinault Indian Nation, The Nature Conservancy, the Grassroots Garbage Gang, and local volunteers provided presentations on their efforts to address marine debris along the shore and derelict crab pots offshore. In addition, the National Weather Service spoke on regional activities of tsunami readiness. Long Beach, Washington was one of the first two communities in the country to be “Tsunami Ready.” The event culminated in a small group beach cleanup.
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