Marine Debris Program Participates in University of Rhode Island Global Plastics Forum
MAY 30, 2023 — On May 15 - 16, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Northeast Regional Coordinator, Demi Fox, attended the 2023 URI Global Plastics Forum, in Kingston, Rhode Island. The forum brought together representatives from local, state, national, and international organizations and agencies to exchange knowledge and share plans for upcoming efforts.
Demi spoke on a panel alongside representatives from other funding agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development and Rhode Island Sea Grant. She presented the program’s work in the Northeast Region, and highlighted the recently announced Bipartisan Infrastructure Law awards.
As development of the Southern New England Marine Debris Action Plan continues with many partners in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, it is important to understand how regional issues relate to the larger, global context of the marine debris problem. The Global Plastics Forum was an opportunity to learn about international initiatives, current science, and how we can better incorporate diversity and inclusion principles into all that we do.