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OR&R Marine Debris Program Participates in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ocean and Fisheries Working Group

SEPT. 3, 2019 — On Aug. 20-21, the Marine Debris Program’s international activities and partnership coordinator, Steve Morrison, served on the U.S. delegation at the 13th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ocean and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) in Puerto Varas, Chile

A group of people sitting at tables in a conference setting.
Delegates gather at the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group meeting in Puerto Varas, Chile. Image credit: NOAA.

At the meeting, APEC Economies discussed ongoing and proposed projects of the OFWG, and negotiated a “roadmap” on marine debris to guide APEC’s focus on the issue for the upcoming years. Chile, as the host for APEC in 2019, identified this roadmap as a key possible deliverable for the APEC Leaders Meeting to be held in November, which is usually attended by heads of state for all APEC Economies. On Aug. 22, Steve also provided a presentation on marine plastic pollution at a workshop on “Understanding and Addressing Marine Debris in the APEC Region.” 

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Last updated Friday, September 13, 2019 1:50pm PDT