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The Fifth International Marine Debris Conference took place March 20-25, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations Environment Programme are co-organizers of the conference, which brought together 440 participants representing 38 countries. Attendees participated in workshops, field trips, technical and policy sessions, poster presentations, and panel discussions. They enjoyed receptions, exhibits of marine debris art from around the globe, musical entertainment, and a movie night with 11 short films on marine debris created by children, researchers, advocates, and educators. Keynote speakers included Jean-Michel Cousteau, Senator Daniel Inouye (HI), Representative Sam Farr (CA), and ocean rower Roz Savage. Conference participants refined and endorsed by acclamation the Honolulu Commitment, which outlines 12 actions to reduce marine debris. Participants and a group of rapporteurs also worked to revise the Honolulu Strategy, a global framework strategy to prevent, reduce, and manage marine debris.

 

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