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Marine Debris Program Celebrates Passage of the Save our Seas Act of 2018

OCTOBER 19, 2018 — On October 11, RDML Tim Gallaudet joined President Trump, Secretary Ross, Senator Whitehouse, and Senator Sullivan and Julie Fate Sullivan, at a signing ceremony for the “Save our Seas Act of 2018.”

Title I of the Act amends and reauthorizes the Marine Debris Act to Fiscal Year 2022, promotes international action to reduce the incidence of marine debris, authorizes cleanup and response actions needed as a result of severe marine debris events, such as hurricanes or tsunamis, and updates the membership of the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee. Additionally, the Act authorizes and requires NOAA to work with other Federal agencies to develop additional outreach and education strategies to address sources of marine debris. The Marine Debris Program applauds the Act’s passage and looks forward to working on its implementation.

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