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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. The core planning team is conducting outreach to stakeholders from organizations active in conservation, research, waste reduction, and education, as well as industry, tribes, and State and Federal agencies.  Selected stakeholders will participate in two workshops to update the Strategy. A draft of the Strategy and related documents will be available on this page for comments from stakeholders who are unable to attend the workshops. The goal of the first workshop is to develop a draft Strategy with proposed actions for review, and the goal of the second workshop is for stakeholders to commit to implementing proposed actions. The first workshop has been scheduled for May 2-3, 2017.

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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