After multiple workshops and hours of shared ideas and dialogue, the Washington Marine Debris Plan was finalized in early September. The plan is a culmination of efforts to identify methods to reduce marine debris through beach monitoring and cleanups, to addressing the issue from the source, that being human-caused debris. With stakeholders from government agencies, tribal representatives, NGOs, and others, the plan casts a wide net in addressing the issue and was shaped from a wide variety of voices who are actively and pro-actively working toward eliminating marine debris.
Action items from Surfrider included in the MDAP come in many forms. For one, advocating for increased funding from the state for marine debris removal. Another, working with businesses through Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant program to help them reduce their waste. Others include better fireworks policies, amplifying education efforts, and more. Once again, take a look at the plan and see what Surfrider will be focusing on going forward. If something in the plan sparks your interest, contact your chapter and get involved. For any questions related to the MDAP, please contact WA Field Manager Brice Boland.