The California Ocean Litter Strategy Project

This webpage provides information on the implementation of the California Ocean Litter Strategy. The Ocean Litter Strategy was jointly developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program and the California Ocean Protection Council. The Ocean Litter Strategy outlines actions that stakeholders and OPC can take from 2018 through 2024 to prevent and reduce ocean litter in California.

During the development of the Ocean Litter Strategy, participants agreed to the following implementation structure:

  • Every six months: Check-in webinars or conference calls
  • Every two years: In-person meetings to assess progress and address challenges in Strategy implementation
  • After six years: Update the Strategy

This site includes information on Strategy implementation, progress reporting, and how to get involved. If you would like to receive emails about the implementation process and upcoming webinars or events, please join our listserv here. The listserv is the best way to stay informed about upcoming events.

Related Webpages

About the Strategy & Agency Leads

Project Resources

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Project Updates

The December 2020 webinar slides and recording are now available on the Project Resources page.

While the next webinar date has not been set, it is expected for June or July 2021.

Ocean Litter Strategy Workgroup Meetings

The Ocean Litter Strategy Stakeholders have recently developed workgroups centering around each of the six goals in the Strategy. The workgroups held their inaugural meetings in September, and upcoming meetings are scheduled for:

  • Goals 1 and 2 combined: February 23rd from 10:00-12:00
  • Goal 3: March 9th from 1:00-3:00
  • Goal 4: March 10th from 10:00-12:00
  • Goal 5: March 18th from 1:00-3:00
  • Goal 6: March 4th from 2:00-4:00

If you are interested in getting involved in a workgroup, please contact Sherry Lippiatt at

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