The 2nd Virginia Marine Debris Summit was held March 7-9, 2016, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point (Gloucester County). Organized by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, the summit was intended as a forum for any Virginia citizens as well as people from other states to discuss marine debris sources, impacts, and solutions. A previous summit, held in February 2013, resulted in the October 2014 Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan (available online as a PDF http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/CoastalZoneManagement/Virginia%20Marine%20Debris%20Reduction%20Plan.pdf) and the 2nd Summit used that framework as a starting point for its discussions.
For more information, visit http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/CoastalZoneManagement/CZMIssuesInitiatives/MarineDebris.aspx; or contact Katie Register, of Longwood University and Virginia Clean Waterways, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
News account of the 2016 summit:
Action needed to stem growing problem of marine debris, Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, 3/9/16.
Related news items (since June 2016):
VA advances plan to reduce marine debris, from bits to boats, Bay Journal, 5/30/16
Poster for the 2nd Virginia Marine Debris Summit, from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality “Marine Debris Impacts on Virginia” Web site, http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/CoastalZoneManagement/CZMIssuesInitiatives/MarineDebris.aspx.