HOLLYWOOD, FL - MAY 22, 2019 — NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) hosted 70 partners, including Coastal Impact Fund, for the Florida Marine Debris Reduction Workshop at the Nova Southeastern University Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center in Hollywood, Florida.
The workshop focused on reviewing the existing Florida Marine Debris Reduction Guidance Plan and developing a new Florida Marine Debris Reduction Plan based on successes, challenges, and lessons learned from marine debris issues in Florida. The updated plan will address both debris generated by severe weather and chronic debris problems.
Participants developed strategies and actions to address marine debris in five dedicated working groups: Abandoned and Derelict Vessels, Community Action, Derelict Fishing Gear, Emergency Response, and Research and Data. Workshop attendees were diverse, representing local, state, and federal governments, nonprofits, academic institutions, and industries.
Additionally, the workshop featured presentations from key marine debris stakeholders from around the country and state, including NOAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the City of Miami Beach.
Once completed, the reduction plan will serve to facilitate, implement, and track marine debris activities statewide.