2016 Virginia Marine Debris Summit Presentations & Proceedings

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This statewide Summit was held in March 2016 and sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality with funding from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management and with support from our partners: Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, Virginia Institute of Marine Science - Sea Grant and Virginia Clean Marina Program, Virginia Aquarium, Keep Norfolk Beautiful, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program.


Summary Report of the 2nd Virginia Marine Debris Summit (PDF) 

Virginia Marine Debris Summit Program (PDF), including agenda and abstracts of all presentations.  View presentations below.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Welcome to VIMS - Dr. John T. Wells, Dean & Director, VIMS

Leadership in Marine Debris: Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program & Partners
Laura McKay, Program Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management

Young Scientists: Up to a Marine Debris Challenge (skit)
Ruling Robot Falcons

The Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan: A Cleaner Ocean Through Leadership, Prevention, Interception, Innovation, and Removal
Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University

Planning for Success: Regional Efforts, Disaster Marine Debris, and Abandoned/Derelict Vessels
Jason Rolfe, Mid-Atlantic and Caribbean Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program

Framework for this Summit: the Five Strategies in The Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan
Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways

Influencing behavior change on many levels

Communication & outreach: raising awareness about marine debris before legislative solutions are pursued
Alison Hammer Weingast, NOAA Marine Debris Division Deputy Chief, Office of Response and Restoration

Overview of Social Marketing
Erin Ling, Program Coordinator, Virginia Household Water Quality Program, Biological Systems Engineering Department, Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension

Social Marketing Research in Action: Understanding The Motives Behind Mass Releases of Balloons
Steve Raabe, OpinionWorks

Reducing Cigarette Litter by Speaking Smokers' Language: Methods and Results of the Hampton Roads Cigarette Litter Prevention Project
John Deuel, Environmental Sustainability Consultant, GreenQuest, LLC


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

KEY NOTE by David K. Paylor, Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (No PP)

Influencing behavior change on many levels: Exploring voluntary changes

Taking Aim: Making Shotgun Wads That Won't Last Forever
Kirk J. Havens, PhD, Director, Coastal Watersheds Program and Asst. Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Helping Park Guests Consider Consequences of Balloon and Sky Lantern Releases
Irene C. Frentz, PhD, District Resource Specialist, Virginia State Parks, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Incentives That Influence Daily Habits: The Pearl Home & Pearl School Reward Programs
Karen Forget, Executive Director, Lynnhaven Now

Pearls of Faith: Engaging the Faith Communities in Stewardship
Pam Northam, Pearl Home and Pearl Faith Coordinator, Lynnhaven Now

Keep It Beachy Clean: Building Partnerships Reach Beach Visitors
Christina Trapani, Owner, Eco Maniac Company, Marine Debris Researcher & Consultant, Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission

Increasing collaboration among VA litter and marine debris prevention and removal projects/ Data collection and analysis

Community Awareness and Engagement: Making The Stormwater Connection
LeAnne Astin, Ecologist II, Stormwater Planning Division, Fairfax County, Virginia

Citizen Science & data collection: tracking tools – standardize data collection  
Katherine Shayne for Jenna Jambeck, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, University of Georgia (virtual connection)

Increasing the marine debris knowledge base

Ecological Threats Posed by the Most Persistent Items of Trash
Allison Schutes, Trash Free Seas Program, Ocean Conservancy

New Stormwater Permit Requirements: Motivating Cities to Take Action to Reduce Marine Debris 
Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris and Public Outreach Manager, California Coastal Commission

Economic Impacts of Derelict Crab Pots
Andrew Scheld, PhD, Assistant Professor, Fisheries Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Microplastics and Human Health: Searching For Links
Robert C. Hale, PhD, Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Developing regulations to reduce the sources of marine debris

Findings from the Chesapeake Bay Commission’s review on microplastics and standards of biodegradability (available soon)
Denice Wardrop, PhD, Senior Scientist & Professor of Geography and Ecology and Director, Sustainability Institute, Pennsylvania State University

Effective policy papers: a scientist’s contribution
Chelsea Rochman, PhD, Marine Ecologist/Ecotoxicologist, Aquatic Health Program, University of California Davis
Scientific Evidence Supports a Ban on Microbeads Article in Environmental Science and Technology (PDF)
Correction to Scientific Evidence Supports a Ban on Microbeads Article in Environmental Science and Technology (PDF)

Words Matter
Ann Jennings, Virginia Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

EPA Support for Source Reduction (No PP)
Bob Benson, Senior Program Advisor, EPA Office of Water  EPA Trash Free Waters Program

Emerging Issues in Marine Debris
Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways & Christina Trapani, Marine Debris Research Consultant


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Deep Dives
Summit participants choose between several options for an in-depth discussion of the issue.

Wrap-up & Next Steps

Meeting of the Virginia Marine Debris Advisory Committee

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