Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling today endorsed S. 756, the “Save Our Seas Act of 2017.” This legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2017 by Sen. Sullivan (R-AK), Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Booker (D-NJ) with co-sponsors Senators Murkowski (R-AK), Coons (D-DE), Inhofe (R-OK), Peters (D-MI) and Tillis (R-NC).
Marine debris is a growing global problem affecting hundreds of species of marine life and the entire coastal ecosystem. Alaska’s coastal communities and shorelines are especially hard hit by debris from the Pacific Rim that is moved by the North Pacific Gyre onto our beaches and wetlands. The cost is substantial particularly in Alaska, which has more coastline than the entire lower 48 states combined, with much of it remote and extremely difficult to access.
ALPAR is committed to working with our Marine Debris partners in Alaska, including the State Department of Environmental Conservation, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, Gulf of Alaska Keeper, Island Trails Network, City and Borough of Yakutat, Blue Fox Bay Lodge and Sitka Sound Science Center.
“This bipartisan effort is an example of what we can do together to address major problems like marine debris that impact the well being of our fisheries, communities and states. ALPAR applauds Sen. Sullivan, Sen. Murkowski, Sen. Booker and Sen. Whitehouse as well as other co-sponsors for introducing this legislation, and we urge other senators to support its passage.”