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Marine Debris Program Briefs Alaska Congressional Staff on Derelict Fishing Gear

MAY 11, 2020 — On April 29, Nancy Wallace, Director of the Marine Debris Program, and Peter Murphy, Alaska Regional Coordinator, spoke with district and D.C. staff from the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK).

Nancy gave an overview of the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s activities, and Peter discussed the unique challenges of dealing with marine debris on remote Alaska shorelines. They also discussed the economic impacts of derelict fishing gear, successful removal and mitigation projects, and how commercial fishers are engaged with marine debris removal.

For more information, please contact Peter.Murphy@noaa.gov.

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Last updated Sunday, May 17, 2020 11:17am PDT