|Ocean Protection Council addresses marine debris|
Posted by on February 26, 2007 at 21:31:57:|
The amount of debris in the oceans is increasing with large negative effects on marine organisms and ecosystems. Plastics make up the majority of marine debris and take a long time to break down which is then often mistaken for food sources by marine organisms. The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) held a public meeting on 8 February to discuss with state agencies, the American Chemistry Council, and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation the level of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean. Following public comments, the OPC drafted a resolution pertaining to plastic marine debris to protect the health of California’s coastal and ocean resources. The resolution included: expanding current plastic recycling programs; enforcing existing litter laws; expanding outreach, education, and clean-up events; reducing derelict fishing gear; reducing single-use plastic containers; fazing out toxic plastics by 2015; and forming a collaborative relationship with Oregon, Washington, British Colombia, Hawaii, and Baja California to address marine debris issues. For more information about the resolution see resources.ca.gov/copc/02-08-07_meeting/Adopted_Marine_Debris_Res_0207.pdf. Additional information about the Ocean Protection Council is available at resources.ca.gov/copc.
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