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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 (NOAA) 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?

The updated Draft Strategy, derived from ideas generated at the first Ocean Litter workshop held in Oakland, CA in May 2017, is now available for review and comment. The comment period is open from September 14th through October 16th, 2017. The planning team has developed a set of guiding questions for Draft Strategy review, available here. The Draft Strategy includes priorities, objectives, and tables of action items with corresponding needs and barriers, resources, and lead and partner organizations. The Strategy is in draft form; some sections of the document include red text and some portions of the tables are blank. This was intentional and these portions of the Strategy will be discussed and further developed through public comment and the input from stakeholders at the second workshop (see paragraph below). Comments suggesting additions to the tables are appreciated, particularly if your organization would like to take a lead or partner role in implementing the action items. To submit your comments on the Draft Strategy and/or suggestions for additional action items to the planning team for consideration, please email

Selected stakeholders have been invited to participate in a second workshop to refine the Draft Strategy. The workshop will include time for stakeholders to volunteer for a lead or partner role in implementing proposed actions., The Strategy will be finalized after the workshop and posted on this webpage. The workshop has been scheduled for November 15-16, 2017 at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, CA.

If you are interested in receiving email updates about the Ocean 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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