Welcome to the new APPA website
The 6th International Marine Debris Conference held in San Diego in March 2018, was the location where part of the founding team of APPA first met. Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and specialties, we shared one common goal: work on mitigating and future prevention of marine plastics in Aotearoa.
After some initial calls and many more emails with a growing group of dedicated individuals, a workshop was held in Raglan to flush out the framework and basis for a professional and legal entity. From there on we developed into an organised group with a board and an executive committee.
We hold monthly calls, resulting in regular member updates, support for various campaigns, letters to the government and private industry as well as the enabling of countless connections between and beyond our membership. We have hosted international scholars and yielded questions from marine debris networks in other geographies.
While the organisation is still in its infancy, the need and value of the collaborative efforts are already clearly paying off.
As marine debris is an issue that does not stop at a nation’s coast, New Zealand also joined an international group of marine debris network hubs, as described by Kandiziora et al 2019