JUNE 22, 2018 — On June 11, the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) hosted a demonstration and training opportunity on the newly developed online marine debris regional collaboration portals during the Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2018 All Hands Meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Sarah Lowe, MDP’s Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, presented to over 30 partners on the portals’ use and operation. Sarah showed partners how they could begin to populate the portals with information relevant to their respective regions. Charles Grisafi and Caitlin Wessel, Florida and Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico Regional Coordinators respectively, answer partners’ region-specific questions.
The MDP funded the development of these online regional collaboration portals in response to requests from partners that wanted a mechanism to share information with each other and the public, as well as collaborate on future projects or activities. The Florida and Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico MDP regions now have fully developed collaboration portals.