Marine Debris Program Coordinates California Ocean Litter Strategy Workgroups
MARCH 7, 2022 – On February 28th, the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) wrapped up a month of partner-led virtual workgroup meetings to discuss the California Ocean Litter Strategy (OLS).
The meetings brought together over 100 partners across the state and from a diverse set of sectors, including state agencies, nonprofits, private sector, and academia.
The MDP partnered with the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) to develop the California Ocean Litter Prevention Strategy. Twice a year, California’s marine debris action plan partners meet in workgroups to discuss the Strategy’s action progress, partner updates, and presentations from leaders in California. The NOAA MDP’s California Regional Coordinator Christy Kehoe and Tanya Torres, California Sea Grant Extension Fellow, provided updates on the Strategy’s implementation. Additionally, they serve as co-leads for the research workgroup and facilitated a discussion on research and microplastic initiatives in the state.
These bi-annual workgroups provide a venue for regular dialog and collaboration between organizations supporting actions within the Strategy. The next workgroup meetings will take place in August.
For more information, please contact Tanya.Torres@noaa.gov.