WASHINGTON, DC—March 3, 2015 – NAMEPA and the Ocean Conservancy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to foster a collaborative effort that encourages marine pollution prevention, advocates for sensible and sustainable marine environmental practices, and heightens public awareness of impacts and mitigation techniques of marine pollution.
Marine debris is one of the most universal problems we face when it comes to having clean and healthy oceans. A primary goal of the MOU is to establish Marina Cleanup Day this June, and encourage recreational boaters and marina staff across the country to help remove trash before it reaches our oceans. Both parties will work together to develop a strategy for dissemination of information and materials, boost collaboration with other entities, and jointly host educational events such as webinars to increase awareness of and participation in Marina Cleanup Day.
For additional information on Marina Cleanup Day and how you can get involved, please contact Elise Avallon, Education and Outreach Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up information will be available online at www.oceanconservancy.org/do-your-part/green-boating.
NAMEPA is an independent, marine industry-led association that engages maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save Our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA operates as a non-profit organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and students about the need and strategies for protecting this important global resource. Visit www.namepa.net for more information. Ocean Conservancy champions science-based solutions to tackle the largest ocean conservation challenges we face and collaborates with partners to strengthen the health of the ocean for future generations. Conservancy mobilizes citizen advocates to facilitate change, and is committed to supporting efforts that benefit the people who depend on the ocean for food, jobs, and recreation. Conservancy shapes the political agenda for the ocean so sound decisions are made that sustain our planet and improve lives. Visit www.oceanconservancy.org for more information.