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 next webinar will be held on May 11 from 10:00-12:00 Pacific Time, and the agenda is available here. Please register for the webinar if you are interested in attending. Please contact Holly Wyer at if you have questions or problems with registering for the webinar.

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

Ocean Litter Strategy Workgroup Updates

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 their second meetings in March and February 2021. The work group leads will report out on their discussions at the May webinar.

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

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