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Marine Debris Program Speaks at EPA Tribal Environmental Conference
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Conference attendees on a tour of the Passamaquoddy Maple Syrup facility. Image credit: NOAA.
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Jackman, Maine. Image credit: NOAA.

NOVEMBER 9, 2018 — On October 31, the Marine Debris Program’s Northeast Regional Coordinator, Demi Fox, spoke at the EPA’s annual Tribal Environmental Conference hosted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Jackman, Maine.

Demi provided an overview of marine debris in the Northeast Region and around the globe and discussed the state of the science, including what the scientific community does and does not yet understand about plastics in the marine environment.

Presentations at the conference covered a wide range of topics from climate change, to tribal archaeology, to moose populations in the area. The attendees were eager to learn about the problem of marine debris and solutions being explored by the Marne Debris Program and its partners. Several tribal leaders expressed an interest in adopting monofilament recycling bins for high-traffic recreational fishing areas or discussing additional outreach and educational opportunities for upcoming camp programming.

The Marine Debris Program values its tribal partnerships, and Demi looks forward to expanding these relationships in New England. 

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