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August 6 – 11, 2000


The International Marine Debris Conference is set for August 6 to 11 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the conference aims to examine the sources, impacts and solutions for dealing with derelict fishing gear in the Pacific.

Derelict fishing gear, particularly from North Pacific fisheries, has ecological, economic, social and political implications as it damages coral reefs and other marine ecosystems throughout the Pacific.

In an unprecedented partnership in Hawai‘i, representatives from city and county, state and federal governments, private industry and non-governmental organizations, as well as international governments and organizations, are joining forces to take action against derelict fishing gear in the Pacific.

Conference speakers include U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Jean Michel Cousteau, Dr. James Baker and other distinguished guests.

Please direct questions regarding registration to the International Marine Debris Conference, c/o the Maui Pacific Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway, Suite 202, Kihei, HI 96753, phone (808) 875-2317, fax (808) 875-2306 or e-mail:

Visit the conference website at

For additional information:

Priscilla Billig Communications Director Sea Grant College Program University of Hawaii 2525 Correa Rd., HIG 210 Honolulu, HI 96822 Phone (808) 956-2414 Fax (808) 956-2880 Email:  Website: 

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