2013 Virginia Marine Debris Summit Presentations

Welcome and Goals of the Workshop

Mark Swingle, Director of Research & Conservation, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (remarks only - no presentation)

Exploring Solutions that Educate, Motivate and Innovate (pdf)
Laura McKay, Program Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program

Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Remarks (pdf)
Doug Domenech, Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia

Marine Debris – Global Perspectives (presentation to be posted soon)
Nicholas Mallos, Conservation Biologist & Marine Debris Specialist, The Ocean Conservancy

Microplastics: Is smaller bigger? (pdf)
Dr. Robert Hale, Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary

Fishing Gear: Commercial and Recreational

Virginia Fishing Line Recycling Program (pdf)
Alicia Nelson, Fisheries Management, Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Marine Debris: Lost Commercial Fishing Gear in Virginia Waters (pdf)
Dr. Donna Marie Bilkovic, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary              

Items of Special Concern: Cigarette Butts & Balloons

Cigarette Butts as Litter (pdf)
Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University
Bronwen Evans, Director of Litter Programs, Keep America Beautiful

Balloons as Litter: A Rising Concern (pdf)
Christina M. Trapani, Stranding Information Specialist, Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response 

Plastics in the Marine Environment: Food and Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags

Convenient Trash: On the go, On the Beach, In the Ocean (pdf) 
Nicholas Mallos, Conservation Biologist & Marine Debris Specialist, The Ocean Conservancy 

Marine Debris Solutions: Creating Effective, Collaborative Partnerships to Reduce Litter (pdf)
Ashley Carlson, Consultant, American Chemistry Council

Keep Virginia Beautiful Plastic Bag Campaign (pdf)
Mike Baum, Executive Director, Keep Virginia Beautiful

Recycling Polyethylene Film: Trex Plastic Recycled Lumber (pdf)
Samara Norman, Trex

The Power of a Nickel: The Story of the DC Plastic Bag Fee (presentation to be posted soon)
Matt Robinson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Stormwater Management Division, District of Columbia Dept of Environment 

Stemming the Tide of Trash:  Highlights of InnovativePrograms, Solutions and Actions

Solutions: A Toolbox of Options (pdf)
Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University

Do You Sea What I See? (presentation not available) 
Cris Ausink, HRStorm, Hampton Clean City Commission (presentation not available)

Stream to Sea (pdf)
Wade Blackwood, Director, American Canoeist Association

Pilot Project to Access Behavior and Attitudes Regarding Discarded Trash and Ocean Health (pdf)
Mark Swingle, Director of Research & Conservation, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Implementing the Anacostia River Trash TMDL (pdf)
Matt Robinson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Stormwater Management Division, District of Columbia Dept of Environment

NOAA Action to Reduce the Impacts of Marine Debris: Responses to Pervasive Problems and Natural Disaster Events (pdf)                
Jason Rolfe, Southeast and Caribbean Regional Coordinator, Marine Debris Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

EPA National Trash Free Waters Program: A Strategic Approach to Reduce Trash and Debris in Aquatic Ecosystems (pdf)
Robert Benson, Senior Advisor for Aquatic Ecosystem Strategies, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, United States Environmental Protection Agency


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2013 (First) Virginia Marine Debris Summit Results


Virginia Marine Debris Summit attendees

In February 2013, the Virginia CZM Program partnered with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center to host the Virginia Marine Debris Summit, the first step towards formulation of a Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan

This summit engaged professionals from federal, state and local governments, nonprofits, community groups, industry, and academia who work to prevent and mitigate the litter and waste that degrades our coastal and ocean waters.  

Together Summit attendees identified and reviewed the sources and impacts of marine debris in Virginia, and then identified possible solutions for each type of marine debris. These proposed solutions included new ways to educate people and change their behavior, motivate them through new incentives, and to innovate products and technology that help the marine environment.  

Links to presentations given at the Summit can be found at the bottom of this page.  

Virginia Marine Debris Summit Summary (logistics, attendance, media, outcomes) (PDF)

Partners in the Virginia Marine Debris Summit

  • Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Virginia Sea Grant
  • Clean Virginia Waterways/Longwood University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Office of Pollution Prevention Program 

The Summit also was sponsored by the Virginia Seafood Council and the Virginia Aquaculture Oyster Growers, and was an official Virginia Green Event.

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