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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations Environment Programme are co-organizers of the conference, which will bring together international marine debris researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, industry representatives, and the nongovernmental community.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Conference Committee

    • NOAA Marine Debris Program, US
    • UN Environment Programme, US and Kenya


Steering Committee

  • Frank Chopin, Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy
  • Christopher Corbin, UNEP, Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), Jamaica
  • April Crow, The Coca Cola Company, US
  • Mary Donohue, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, US
  • Amy Fraenkel, UNEP Regional Office for North America (RONA), US
  • Ljubomir Jeftic, Consultant, Croatia
  • David Johnson, OSPAR Commission, UK
  • Wang Juying, National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center, China
  • Ilse Kiessling, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australia
  • Holly Koehler, Department of State, US
  • Alison Lane, URS Australia, Australia
  • Christa Licher, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Netherlands
  • Alistair McIlgorm, Australia National Marine Science Centre, Australia
  • Sarah Morison, NOAA Marine Debris Division, US
  • David Osborn, UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), Kenya
  • Jean-Pierre Plé, NOAA Fisheries International Affairs, US
  • Eben Schwartz, California Coastal Commission, US
  • Seba Sheavly, Sheavly Consultants, US
  • Vikki Spruill, Ocean Conservancy, US
  • Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
  • Richard Thompson, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Planning Committee
  • Kris McElwee, NOAA, US
  • David Osborn, UNEP DEPI, Kenya
  • Amy Fraenkel, UNEP RONA, US
  • Sarah Morison, NOAA, US
  • Heidi Savelli, UNEP DEPI, Kenya
  • Monika Thiele, UNEP RONA, US
  • Arwen Edsall, NOAA, US (secretariat)

Media and Outreach Group

  • Tess Cieux, UNEP CEP, Jamaica
  • Dove Coggeshall, Ocean Conservancy, US
  • Bryan Coll, UNEP, Kenya
  • Andrea DiPaola, UNEP RONA, US
  • Megan Forbes, NOAA, US
  • Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, UNEP RONA, US
  • Sue Kinsey, Marine Conservation Society, UK
  • Carey Morishige, NOAA, US
  • Kelly Ricaurte, Ocean Conservancy, US
  • Heidi Savelli, UNEP DEPI, Kenya
  • Dave Willett, Ocean Conservancy, US
  • Rebecca Wynne, NOAA, US

Honolulu Strategy Rapporteurs


  • Ellik Adler, UNEP COBSEA, Thailand
  • Christopher Corbin, UNEP CEP, Jamaica
  • Elizabethann English, NOAA, US
  • Erika “Riki” Gunn, GhostNets Australia, Australia
  • David Johnson , OSPAR Commission, UK
  • Jenny Miller-Garmendia, Project AWARE Foundation, US
  • Seba Sheavly, Sheavly Consultants, US
  • Alexander Tkalin, UNEP NOWPAP, Japan
  • Katherine Weiler, Environmental Protection Agency, US


  • Ania Budziak, Project AWARE Foundation, US
  • Ashley Carlson, American Chemistry Council, US
  • Arwen Edsall, NOAA, US
  • Christine Flowers, Keep California Beautiful, US
  • Francois Galgani, IFREMER, France
  • Ferdinand Goetz, University of Hawaii Hilo, US
  • Georg Hanke, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Sherry Lippiatt, NOAA, US
  • Peter Murphy, NOAA, US
  • Andrea Neal, Blue Ocean Sciences, US
  • Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterways/ Longwood University, US
  • Stefanie Werner, Federal Environment Agency, Germany


  • Twani Alexander
  • Jessica Aschettino
  • Michelle Benedict
  • Marjorie Bonar
  • Molly Borsom
  • Robert Chuck
  • Morgan de Partee
  • Kerry Foltz
  • Aurora Gallardo
  • Louise Giuseffi
  • Ben Haffner
  • Angela Hansen
  • Heidi Hirsh
  • Gina McGuire
  • Pamela Michael
  • Bill Myers
  • Katie Nichols
  • Barbara Nowak
  • Tara Rapalli
  • Lori Sakurai
  • Johnny Sequeira
  • Judith Tarpley
  • Reiki Young
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