From March 12-16th, PhD students Kelsey Richardson and Kathy Willis and researchers Joanna Vince, Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox from CMS attended the 6th International Marine Debris Conference alongside their CSIRO marine debris research team. Through financial support provided by CMS, Kathy Willis was able to attend and present her work on the success of waste abatement strategies at reducing plastic pollution in the marine environment. Kelsey Richardson presented her work on drivers of discarded and lost fishing gear from major commercial fisheries in Indonesia and Australia. Dr Joanna Vince had wonderful time presenting her poster on governance solutions to the tragedy of marine plastics. The conference was extremely successful, with Kelsey chairing a technical session on ‘building evidence around gear: global trends and analysis for sustainable solutions’ and Joanna facilitating a networking lunch round table on marine debris governance with attendees including Ms Chever Voltmer, Acting Director for the US State Department, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs.