The Honolulu Strategy

In March 2011, NOAA co-hosted the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme and other agencies and organizations. The conference brought the marine debris community together to develop and create a document known as the Honolulu Strategy.

The Honolulu Strategy is a framework for a comprehensive and global effort to reduce the ecological, human health, and economic impacts of marine debris. It is intended for use as a planning tool, common frame of reference for collaboration, and a monitoring tool on multiple levels—global, regional, national, and local—involving the full spectrum of civil society, government and intergovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

Honolulu Strategy Goals

Goal A: Reduced amount and impact of land-based sources of marine debris introduced into the sea

Goal B: Reduced amount and impact of sea-based sources of marine debris, including solid waste; lost cargo; abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG); and abandoned vessels, introduced into the sea

Goal C: Reduced amount and impact of accumulated marine debris on shorelines, in benthic habitats, and in pelagic waters

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