Marine Debris: “An International Concern”

Written by on June 6, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law

Today is the start of the first-ever African Marine Debris Summit, which runs from June 6-8, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Summit brings together researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, industry representatives and other interested parties to discuss the issue of marine debris.

Plastics SA, the group that represents the South African plastics industry, has joined with the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme to organize the African Marine Debris Summit.

It aims to encourage discussion of strategies to assess, reduce and prevent the impacts of marine debris, to highlight advances in marine debris research, and to promote international cooperation in dealing with this issue. Day one will focus on the problem of marine debris and current research. Day two will focus on finding solutions to the problem and day three will include a hands-on training session on the methodology of monitoring marine debris.

African Marine Debris Summit 2013

African Marine Debris Summit 2013

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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