Marine Debris Action Coordination Team
Chair Eben Schwartz, California Coastal Commission
Vice-Chair Nir Barnea, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
WCGA Action Plan
Action 1.4: Establish baseline estimates of marine debris and derelict gear off the West Coast and set reduction goals. Support state and federal policies for achieving marine debris reduction goals, including debris prevention through expanded recycling, improved trash maintenance, public education, and enforcement of litter laws.
The Marine Debris ACT (MD ACT) came together for the first time in November 2008. They acknowledged that while there were many activities currently underway in Washington, Oregon, and California addressing marine debris, there was little effort to coordinate these projects. It was clear that the West Coast lacked a comprehensive approach to addressing marine debris. Additionally, there were no comprehensive efforts to account for marine debris across the region; to evaluate existing projects; to share best practices or lessons learned; or educate partners both within the three states or neighboring states about promising marine debris programs.
The Marine Debris ACT brings together stakeholders and experts representing state, federal, regional, tribal, and not-for-profit organizations that have experience with derelict fishing gear and land-based debris, including recovery and cleanup, policy analysis and planning, funding, research, and much more. The MD ACT is tasked to create a framework to identify, assess, prevent and reduce marine debris, leveraging existing resources and expertise within the three states. In addition, the MD ACT is currently working to establish a West Coast Marine Debris Alliance to oversee the execution of the strategy.
Work plan priorities/current projects