6th International Marine Debris Conference

OSPAR is chairing a session on Preventing and Reducing Marine Litter in the North-East Atlantic at the 6th International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California, USA, 12-16 March 2018

The Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC) will bring together international marine debris researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, industry representatives, and the nongovernmental community. The impetus for this international marine debris conference is the pressing need to address and reduce the impacts of marine debris to vital natural resources, human health and safety, and the economy.

Objectives of this international conference include sharing lessons learned and best practices to reduce and prevent marine debris and its impacts; promoting international co-learning; exchanging innovative ideas such as market incentives and communication strategies; and sharing the latest research initiatives, methods, and results. This conference is structured to be action, solution, and change-oriented.

OSPAR’s Session will focus on “Preventing and Reducing Marine Litter in the North East Atlantic”. This session will discuss the current status, trends in amounts and composition of marine litter in the North East Atlantic and what can be done to prevent further introductions and reduce levels through OSPAR’s Regional Action Plan.

The call for abstracts for presentations in the session is open until the 11th October and should be submitted through the conference website internationalmarinedebrisconference.org.

For more information on the OSPAR Session please contact john.mouat@ospar.org or stefanie.werner@uba.de, for all other queries please go to the conference website or email info@6imdc.org.