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 has expanded 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 Proposed Final Draft Strategy is now available for review. The Strategy will be discussed and considered for adoption by OPC at their April 24, 2018 meeting. OPC meeting information and materials, including the staff recommendation, are available here. OPC welcomes comments on the Proposed Final Draft Strategy. Please submit written comments to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov. Written comments must be received by 5 pm on April 20, 2018 to be included in the materials provided to the Council at the meeting. Additionally, oral and written comments will be accepted at the meeting.

The Proposed Final Draft Strategy has been revised based on public comment received in January and February 2018. Please note that the document has not gone through final design and graphics, this step will occur after the OPC meeting. The document is being brought before the Council as a proposed final draft for their consideration and discussion. The adopted version of the document will be final.

The Proposed Final Draft Strategy is derived from ideas generated at the first and second ocean litter workshops held in May 2017, and November 2017, respectively, as well as two public comment periods in September 2017 and January 2018. Additional resources from the Strategy update process are included below:

If you are interested in receiving email updates about the Ocean Litter Strategy implementation process, please contact Holly Wyer at Holly.Wyer@resources.ca.gov 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.

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California Sea Grant
University of California, San Diego
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