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Marine Debris on the Agenda at the 2019 Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting

JUNE 24, 2019 — The Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2019 All Hands Meeting was held from June 10 - 14 at the new Gulf State Lodge in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Microplastics.
Microplastics. Image credit NOAA.

The mission of the Alliance is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico through increased regional collaboration. The five U.S. Gulf States (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) face similar challenges and concerns regarding the Gulf Coast and its waters and the annual All Hands meeting provides a forum to share knowledge and expertise as well as an opportunity to collaborate to reduce duplication of effort. At this year’s event, the Marine Debris Cross Team Initiative met on Thursday morning to Work on Action Plan Three goals and actions, which include marine debris research, removal, and prevention efforts

Further collaboration along the Gulf Coast:

  • Learn about the successful Leave only Footprints community campaigns (view on Facebook Live).
  • Approximately 70 people from state and federal agencies, academia, non-profits, businesses, and industry attended. This is the first of two annual meetings the Marine Debris Cross Team holds each year, the second occurs in the fall and is more focused on debris issues throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

For more details about the Marine Debris Cross Team or additional information about the meeting, please contact Caitlin.Wessel@noaa.gov

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