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http://montereybay.noaa.gov/research/currsymp2014/welcome.html Sanctuary Currents 2014 Marine Debris: How Do You Pitch In? General Information and Program By now we are all familiar with our collective role in polluting the planet, the ocean included. It is a rare trip to the beach or tide pools, even here in the beautiful Monterey Bay, that doesn't involve the discovery of marine debris in some form, be it a beer can, a bottle cap, or an increasingly ubiquitous cigarette butt. But we are also critical for the many potential solutions; solutions ranging from the relatively small-scale beach clean-up to much larger scale bans on plastic bags. The annual Sanctuary Currents Symposium provides an exciting opportunity to bring scientists, managers, students and members of the public together to address the most important issues of the day with respect to the Monterey Bay and beyond, and this year we are taking on marine debris. Please join us for a morning of lively discussions about the many scales of problems and solutions, ranging from the small plastic nurdles to a state-size garbage patch, from the deep sea to the intertidal, from local policies to the international arena. Discussions will occur around plenary sessions featuring internationally-recognized scientists, a research poster session, and exhibitry throughout the day.