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Marine debris discussed at Hawaii conference

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Government officials, beach cleanup activists and environmental experts are gathering in Honolulu to discuss how to deal with trash in the ocean.

Pacific Forum Ocean Law and Policy Institute Director Linda Paul said Monday the idea for the conference comes from Hawaii fishermen who wanted to pick up floating debris generated by the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

She says right now, people wait for trash to come ashore to start picking it up.

She hopes the meeting produces the beginnings of a plan for addressing marine debris.

Topics of discussion include possible quick responses to a hypothetical tsunami originating along the Cascadia Fault in waters off the Pacific Northwest.

Paul says the meeting at the Hawaii Capitol aims to look at root causes and ultimate solutions.

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