Symposium on sea debris slated at college

Clean Ocean Action will hold a Debris Free Sea Conference from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

The conference will highlight the success of the Beach Sweeps program, ocean advocates involved and the data that have resulted. Marine debris as it relates to science, policy, education and citizen action will also be discussed.

Representatives from various agencies, businesses and organizations will discuss how plastics threaten the coast and environment. Topics will include sources and impacts of marine debris, single-use solutions, reducing plastic use, citizen science, reasons people litter and whether plastic is really biodegradable.

In addition to various workshops and plenaries, a team of analysts from Bloomberg will unveil its analysis of over 20 years’ worth of Beach Sweeps data.

Speakers will include members of the Bloomberg analyst team, Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2, NOAA Marine Debris Program, TerraCycle, Bayshore Recycling, Surfrider, ANJEC, ANJEE, Sustainable Jersey, Adventure and Scientists for Conservation, Clean Communities and more.

The conference is open to the public. Admission is $15, but free for teachers, students and Beach Sweep captains. To register, visit