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NATIONAL STRATEGY 238 regional mechanism that will improve waste management in the Caribbean; a solution will go a long way toward meeting the needs of cruise vessels operating in that region. Research Vessels and Their Ports of Call Objective: Provide model Annex V compliance program Because research vessels visit pristine areas, are dedicated to the study and preservation of the marine environment, and often are supported by the federal government, this fleet should strive to provide a model Annex V compliance program. That means vessels operating in special areas should achieve zero- discharge capability. Vessel operators should consider all possible ways of reducing overboard discharges, including reducing the use of packaging. In addition, the Department of State should resolve, through IMO or other avenues, the procedural obstacles that block garbage off-loading at some foreign ports. Objective: Improve on-board garbage handling and treatment technology As they address other aspects of marine science, research vessel personnel should provide leadership in development and demonstration of garbage handling, treatment, and recycling technologies. Government agencies that sponsor marine research could draw the private sector into development of shipboard technology through cooperative and grant and contract programs. To ensure that operating funds are not depleted to cover the costs of garbage handling and treatment, funds should be earmarked for equipment to enable Annex V compliance. Objective: Assure that seagoing and management personnel are provided with appropriate Annex V information, education, and training Operators of research vessels have an obligation to educate not only their own crews and visitors but also, due to the nature of their work, the general public. Visiting scientists should be informed about Annex V, as they may be OBJECTIVES FOR RESEARCH VESSEL SECTOR â¢ Provide model Annex V compliance program â¢ Improve on-board garbage handling and treatment technology â¢ Assure that seagoing and management personnel are provided with appropriate Annex V information, education, and training
NATIONAL STRATEGY 239 oblivious to shipboard rules and practices. In addition, vessel operators should hold open houses and laboratories to educate the public and other fleets about proper garbage handling and treatment methods. Researchers also should promote recognition of the marine debris problem at scientific research forums.