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Briefing on Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem: Solvable with Science, Innovation, and Education
Tuesday, June 12th, 12-1pm, 2045 Rayburn

Dear Colleague,

As the Co-Chairs of the House Oceans Caucus, we write to draw your attention to an invitation you may have already received from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership to attend the Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem briefing on Tuesday, June 12th from
12-1pm in 2045 Rayburn

The nation’s shores and waterways are littered with debris that threatens critical habitat, poses a danger to wildlife, and mars shorelines for residents and visitors. Human activity at sea and on land results in plastic shopping bags, rubber tires, cigarette
butts, fishing gear, and other trash in our oceans. According to the United Nations more than eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans each year. Marine debris is a growing global crisis that requires collaborative work with partners from across
the world. 

This bipartisan briefing will be a thoughtful discussion about how science, innovation, and education are addressing the growing global marine plastic crisis and how we can all help keep our oceans healthy. 

• Dr. Jay Brandes, Professor, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia
• Mr. Scott DeFife, Vice President of Government Affairs, Plastics Industry Association
• Mr. John Racanelli, President and CEO, National Aquarium

This briefing is hosted in coordination with the Oceans Plastics Lab, a traveling exhibition of four shipping containers of marine debris created by the German Marine Research Consortium that serve as a hands-on science lab. The exhibit is on display on
the National Mall from June 4-17th.

To RSVP, please email 

Suzanne Bonamici                         Don Young   
Member of Congress                     Member of Congress

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