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Ocean Litter Strategy Update

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is updating its 2008 Implementation Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Ocean Litter (Strategy), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program.

Why is a Strategy update needed?

Since the original Strategy was developed, many of the actions described in the document have either been accomplished or are in progress. In addition, new forms of ocean litter, such as microfibers, have been identified since 2008, and are not covered in the Strategy. In essence, the Strategy is due for an update. The update process will expand the Strategy to include projects of a variety of scales and scopes so that entities including tribes, government agencies, industry, and nonprofits can make a meaningful contribution towards reducing ocean litter in California.

How can stakeholders and other interested parties engage?

Initial planning for the Strategy Update is underway. On May 2-3, 2017 in Oakland, selected stakeholders participated in a workshop to develop action items, including policy priorities, research projects, and outreach and education projects, for the updated Strategy. The core planning team is currently preparing the first draft of the updated Strategy, which is expected to be available on this webpage for public review and comment on August 31, 2017. A second stakeholder workshop has been scheduled for November 15-16, 2017 in La Jolla. The goal of the second workshop is for stakeholders to commit to implementing proposed actions; the updated Strategy is anticipated to be finalized after the second workshop and will be brought before the Ocean Protection Council for endorsement in early 2018.

If you are interested in receiving email updates about the Litter Strategy Update process, please contact Miho Ligare at to be added to the email list.


The OPC provided $20,000 from the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 Proposition 84 to fund this project.

Project Grantee

California Sea Grant
University of California, San Diego
Miho Ligare
(858) 534-1160

OPC Staff Contact
Holly Wyer, Program Manager

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