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At the request of Congress, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary convened the 2000 International Marine Debris Conference with the aim of solving problems associated with derelict fishing gear.
August 6 - 11, 2000, Hawai`i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i



Background Information

At the request of Congress, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary convened the 2000 International Marine Debris Conference with the aim of solving problems associated with derelict fishing gear. Learn more about the events that preceded the conference.


Conference Proceedings (pdf format)

The sanctuary is proud to make available the complete proceedings of the 2000 International Marine Debris Conference. Discover the ideas of conference delegates including scientists, educators, marine resource managers, industry representatives and agency officials. Explore the issue papers presented at the conference to stimulate discussion. Find out the concerns of six separate working groups and their thirty strategic recommendations aimed at reducing the harm associated with derelict fishing gear.

Entire Proceedings Document (19.1 MB)

A. Cover, Table of Contents, Introduction, Governor's Proclamation, Mayor's Proclamation and Participants' Declaration of Resolve (3.1 MB)

B. Monday, Aug. 7 Proceedings (7.9 MB)

C. Tuesday, Aug. 8 Proceedings (320 KB)

D. Wednesday, Aug. 9 Proceedings (340 MB)

E. Friday, Aug. 11 Proceedings (100 KB)

F. Final Recommendations (736 KB)

G. Poster Abstracts, Student Activities and Appendix (3.4 MB)

H. Issue Papers (3.6 MB)


Conference Highlights

Participants in the 2000 International Marine Debris Conference ranged from gear manufacturers to environmentalists, from students to elected public officials. In one intensive week, they came together to examine the problem of derelict fishing gear debris and investigate issues such as debris impacts and mitigation technology. Solutions they discussed included the need to identify the sources of debris, increase public awareness campaigns and fine tune government policy.


Marine Debris Photos

Years ago, few would have believed that a simple plastic fishing line could become a plastic predator capable of destroying wildlife in the ocean. Visual documentation of marine debris is provided along with the damage of derelict fishing gear, you will also see a depiction of the many efforts to remove and clean up ocean trash.

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