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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 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 Revised Draft Strategy is now available for review and public comment. Public comments on the document will be accepted through February 23, 2018. Comments should be submitted via email to: The Revised Draft Strategy includes a section on OPC priorities to address ocean litter, as well as stakeholder goals, objectives, and actions to address ocean litter in California. To focus public review of the Revised Draft Strategy the planning team has prepared a reviewer memo with specific questions for reviewers to consider as they develop their comments. The planning team will consider the comments made during this comment period, and the final Strategy will be circulated in early- to mid-April. We anticipate adoption of the final OPC priorities by OPC at their April 2018 meeting.

The Revised Draft Strategy is derived from ideas generated at the first and second ocean litter workshops held in May 2017, and November, 2017, respectively. Additional resources from the Strategy update process are included below:

If you are interested in receiving email updates about the Ocean Litter Strategy Update process, please contact Holly Wyer 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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