NOAA and UN Environment co-host the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California

March 12, 2018
In an earlier NOAA-funded project, derelict fishing gear and other large marine debris were removed from remote Alaskan shorelines by the Gulf of Alaska Keeper.

The Sixth International Marine Debris Conference, co-hosted by NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and the United Nations Environment Programme, will examine how marine debris can harm natural resources, human health, and national and local economies.

More than 700 attendees from over 50 countries will share lessons learned, promote international dialogue, exchange ideas, and discuss research methods and results. Expert researchers, managers, policy makers,and nongovernmental representatives will exchange ideas to help energize international action to more effectively address the growing issue of marine debris.


The conference is open to media, who can register online offsite linkor at the venue.

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference

Mon., Mar. 12 to Fri., Mar. 16, 2018

Hilton San Diego
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, California

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference:
NOAA Marine Debris Program:
UN Environment Programme:

Robin Garcia, 206-475-0860
Keeley Belva, 301-713-3066