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NOAA Marine Debris Program Participates in Bi-national Presentation at Gulf of Maine Council Meeting

JULY 22, 2019 — On July 10 and 11, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Northeast Regional Coordinator, Demi Fox, attended a Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia to update the Council on U.S.-Canada collaborations to prevent and remove marine debris throughout the bi-national region.

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Gulf of Maine Council Members, working group members, and 2019 award recipients in Nova Scotia, Canada. Image credit: NOAA.

Demi, along with three partners representing Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, and Clean Nova Scotia, shared information about specific debris types, funding opportunities, and education efforts in both the United States and Canada. These partners recently attended the Gulf of Maine Marine Debris Action Plan Workshop, hosted by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, and the group was well prepared to showcase examples of work being done across all five Gulf of Maine jurisdictions.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council requested that the group continue working across the border to coordinate marine debris-related projects and advise members on ways to become more involved. The team expects to provide another progress update at the next Gulf of Maine Council meeting in December. 

For more information, please contact Demi.Fox@noaa.gov.

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Demi Fox presenting marine debris updates from the Northeast Region. Image credit: NOAA.