When President Trump signed the Save Our Seas (SOS) Act into law last October, we noted that it wasn’t “the end of the fight; it’s just the beginning. Ocean Conservancy is already working with our partners and allies on Capitol Hill to identify opportunities for further action to address the growing marine debris problem.” As you may recall, the law reauthorized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program through FY2022 at the longstanding level of $10 million annually. As Kevin Allexon, Senior Manager of Government Relations at Ocean Conservancy, said in a statement , the legislation represented a “modest but important step forward in addressing the growing, global threat of ocean plastic. It’s also an unmistakable recognition of the work that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program does to combat it.” The legislation also called on the Administration to engage the State Department in addressing the marine debris problem globally—an important move given the global scope of the marine debris crisis. Well, we weren’t kidding about it being the start of the fight! On Wednesday, after many months of work and consultation with us and other ocean experts and stakeholders, Senators Dan Sullivan […]

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