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Marine Debris Program Attends International Whaling Commission Marine Debris Workshop

DECEMBER 16, 2019 — On December 3-5, the Marine Debris Program’s Northeast Regional Coordinator, Demi Fox, attended the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Third Marine Debris Workshop.

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IWC Marine Debris Workshop participants in La Garriga. Image credit: Laetitia Nunny.

One week ahead of the World Marine Mammal Conference, participants from nearly a dozen countries gathered in La Garriga, Barcelona, Spain to discuss the latest science on cetaceans’ interactions with marine debris. Topics ranged from ingestion and entanglement to stranding response and necropsy protocols.

Demi, alongside Christina Dixon, Environmental Investigation Agency, and Pine Eisfeld-Pierantonio, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, presented on marine debris communications principles. The workshop attendees, many of whom were veterinarians and toxicologists, expressed a desire to learn more about how to convey their work to policy makers and the public.

For more information, please contact Demi.Fox@noaa.gov.

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Mark Simmonds, Chair of the workshop, presents to the group. Image credit: Laetitia Nunny.