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ASEAN Workshop to Reduce Marine Debris Impacts on Fisheries

MAY 28, 2019 — On May 13-15, Marine Debris Program Director, Nancy Wallace, served as the Head of Delegation for the United States at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum workshop in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Group posing in front of a screen.
Participants of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum workshop. Image credit: NOAA.

More than 90 representatives from ASEAN attended the workshop to discuss ways to reduce the impacts of marine debris in the region to ensure sustainable fisheries management and food security.

The event was co-chaired by the governments of Vietnam, Thailand, and the United States, with the US Delegation including representatives from the State Department, the US Navy, and NOAA. Through the workshop, these governments highlighted the effect of marine plastic pollution on aquaculture and coastal and regional fisheries. Delegates discussed challenges, best practices and opportunities for cooperation to preserve the marine environment and reduce the impacts of marine debris in the region.

For more information, contact Nancy.Wallace@noaa.gov.

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