This past Friday, April 8th, was an exciting day for those fighting marine debris in Washington State. NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, and representatives from the offices of Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell joined the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) at a marine debris event in Long Beach, Washington. The event highlighted the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s ten-year anniversary, the five-year commemoration of the 2011 Japan tsunami, and the efforts of the MDP’s partners in Washington State against marine debris. The National Weather Service also participated in the event, highlighting the efforts to make Long Beach “Tsunami Ready.”
Local volunteers, as well as representatives from the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Quinault Indian Nation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Grassroots Garbage Gang provided presentations on their efforts to address marine debris.
Dr. Sullivan, Congresswoman Herrera Beutler, Bryan Stebbins (Southwest Washington Representative for Senator Patty Murray), and Dena Horton (Southwest Washington Outreach Director for Senator Maria Cantwell) spoke on the subject of marine debris and were able to learn a little more about the local problem by engaging with the many marine debris partners and volunteers in attendance.
The event culminated in a small-group cleanup at the local beach.
Bringing attention to this important subject is part of the ultimate solution to prevent marine debris and events such as this help to do that. We’d like to thank our partners for participating in this event and highlighting their efforts to combat marine debris in Washington State. For more information about this event, check out this article.