On Thursday morning, the California Ocean Protection Council will hopefully approve its long-awaited marine debris action plan. The plan was drafted by Drew Bohan, OPC’s executive director and dedicated ocean activist, and state staff in response to the OPC’s far-reaching marine debris resolution nearly two years ago.
Despite the long wait, the plan is pretty good. It calls for the prohibition of polystyrene take-out food packaging, a ban on smoking at state beaches and recommendations for the installation of cigarette butt receptacles at clubs and bars and outside offices, as well as the redesign of single-use packaging to reduce their likelihood of becoming marine debris (e.g. leashed or tethered bottle caps).