By: Grace Chon, Pacific Islands Assistant Regional Coordinator with the NOAA Marine Debris Program
The NOAA Marine Debris Program is excited to announce the release of the 2016 Hawai’i Marine Debris Action Plan (HI-MDAP)! The HI-MDAP establishes a comprehensive framework for strategic action to reduce the ecological, health and safety, and economic impacts of marine debris in Hawai‘i by 2020. This updated plan was the result of a July workshop for Hawaii’s marine debris community. Forty-two federal, state, county, non-governmental, academic, and private participants left the three-day workshop energized and ready to move forward with this strategic action plan. The 2016 HI-MDAP launches with 107 total actions underway by 48 organizations. Four working huis (groups) were created to increase communication and collaboration: Prevention, Removal, Abandoned and Derelict Vessels, and Research. Members are excited to be involved in these new working huis and welcome others to join!
Check out the updated plan on our website!