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The Gulf of Mexico Marine Debris Project (GOMMDP) was launched in August 2006 and ran over three years. The project team cooperated with a number of federal and state agencies as well as Sea Grant and industry, and as the project neared completion, it became apparent that this highly collaborative effort could benefit from open and free feedback from all who participated. A workshop was convened on Sept. 2, 2009, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In the workshop, short presentations by the project team, state managers, U.S. Coast Guard, and Sea Grant served to provide a brief review of the project work and stimulate discussion. Presentations were followed by free-flowing and interactive discussion. Participants discussed not only the project, but also their experiences with marine debris in general; the state, federal, and local response to marine debris; the impact of funding source on marine debris survey and removal; and a host of other topics.

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