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Marine Litter Program Offers Global Forum for Cooperation

Experts from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), part of the UK government, are working alongside colleagues in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands to identify country-specific solutions to problems posed by marine litter, including reducing reliance on single-use plastics, improvements in waste management and developing more sustainable life cycles for plastics. In recent years, the serious issue

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U.K. Calls for 30% Of Global Oceans To be Designated Protected Areas

The environment secretary of the U.K., Michael Gove, last month called for one-third of the world’s oceans to be designed as marine protected areas by 2030. Globally, less than 10% of the world’s seas are currently designated as marine protected areas (MPAs)—one of the most important ways to protect precious sea life and habitats from damaging activity. Currently, global targets for

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Ocean Cleanup System Deployed To Great Pacific Garbage Patch

An ocean cleanup system deployed this month from San Francisco to a location 240 nmi off the Pacific coast for testing before it continues to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to perform the first large-scale plastic pollution cleanup effort. The cleanup system is the result of years of research, testing and technology prototypes. It comprises a 3-m skirt attached to

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Starbucks to Replace Single-Use Straws With New Plastic Strawless Lid Option

Starbucks Coffee Company announced it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company operated and licensed stores by making a strawless lid or alternative-material straw options available around the world. Starbucks anticipates the move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from Starbucks stores. Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will

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All-Female Crew Sails 3,000 Nautical Miles to Study Ocean Plastic

An all-female crew of 24 women are on a 3,000 nmi journey from Hawaii to Vancouver to study microplastics and bring attention to the problem of ocean plastic pollution. The eXXpedition crew is made up of scientists, students, artists, filmmakers, business women, psychologists, actors, ocean activists and sustainability professionals, and novice as well as experienced sailors. The 10th such journey

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House Resolution Calls for Ocean Conservation and Resource Rebuilding

House Oceans Caucus co-chairs, Alaska Congressman Don Young and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing World Oceans Day on June 8 with a call for action to protect, conserve, maintain and rebuild the world’s oceans and ocean resources. Additionally the co–chairs wrote an op-ed about the topic, published in The Hill. The House Oceans Caucus is a bipartisan group of

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