2021 Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit

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July 20 - 22, 12:30 - 5:00 PM ET - new initiatives, microplastics, microfibers, derelict fishing gear, single-use plastics, success stories

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The 2021 Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit will be held virtually on July 20, 21 and 22, from 12:30-5 PM each day. (Several breaks will be included.) The Summit seeks to bring together Mid-Atlantic regional entities working on marine debris (and litter that becomes marine debris) including state and federal agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, academia, and other groups to identify opportunities for coordination, to discuss current and emerging marine debris fields, and to highlight solutions to marine debris prevention and reduction.

Tuesday, July 20:

12:30 PM Opening Plenary / Remarks

The 2021 Marine Debris Summit will begin with opening remarks from an exciting global leader who will speak about the importance of preserving the health of the world’s oceans, and why marine debris reduction and prevention is so critical to the planet’s marine wildlife, ecosystems, and economies.

1:00 PM State-level new policies / initiatives

Representatives from the Mid-Atlantic States will present state-level new policies and initiatives to reduce or prevent plastic pollution in the marine environment.

2:30 - 3:00 PM Break

3:00 PM Federal and regional new initiatives

We will then hear from federal and regional leaders and policy-makers regarding impactful, ground-breaking new policies and initiatives that aim to reduce or prevent marine debris.

Wednesday, July 21:

12:30 PM Microplastics & Microfibers

The second day of the 2021 Marine Debris Summit will focus on different marine debris types. This session will present the latest information on microplastics and microfibers and their potential effects on human health, wildlife, and their ecological impacts, as well as some innovative projects to reduce those impacts.

2:30 - 3:00 PM Break

3:00 PM Tackling Derelict Fishing Gear

This session will tackle derelict fishing gear and innovative efforts for removing or preventing this type of marine debris.

Thursday, July 22:

12:30 PM Single-Use Plastics

On this final day of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit, we will learn about how single-use plastics are impacting the marine environment, and solutions that people are implementing throughout the region to reduce and prevent this issue.

2:30 - 3:00 PM Break

3:00 PM Success Stories and What Can You Do?

Capture ideas you can take home with you from presenters who have had success in preventing and reducing plastic pollution in the marine environment.

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