NOAA Marine Debris Program e-Newsletter | May 2023

May 2023

A lobster trap on the shoreline of the Channel Islands in California (Photo: NOAA).

In This Issue

Martine Debris Removal Awards

Collect Marine Debris Data

Prepare and Prevent Hurricane Debris

Where Does Marine Debris Come From

Quick Links

Marine Debris Website
Marine Debris Blog
Monitoring Toolbox
In Your Region
ADV InfoHub

Clipboard at the beach.

Monitoring Toolbox

The NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project has an updated Monitoring Toolbox! Check out the new video tutorials and database visualization tools, along with refreshed guides and field datasheets. The Monitoring Toolbox contains all of the resources you need to get started.

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2023 Marine Debris Calendar Available

Cover of the 2023 Marine Debris Calendar.

The 2023 Marine Debris Calendar is available! This year’s calendar features artwork from thirteen students in kindergarten through eighth grade from nine states and two U.S. territories, all winners of the “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” art contest.

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Marine Debris Removal Awards through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Massachusetts DFG

Derelict fishing gear on a shoreline in Massachusetts (Photo: NOAA).

We are proud to announce the 14 recipients of our NOAA Marine Debris Removal awards for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023, totaling over $69 million in federal funding for marine debris removal. Funding for this opportunity was provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and leveraged funds from the Inflation Reduction Act. The projects recommended for awards under this nationwide competitive funding opportunity continue the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s commitment to make tangible, beneficial impacts to coastal and marine habitats and communities across the nation through a variety of marine debris removal methods.

For more information on this year’s recommended projects, please visit the our website.

Collect and Explore Marine Debris Data

MDMAP Materials

An updated MDMAP Shoreline Survey Guide and other Monitoring Toolbox materials were released in 2022 (Photo: NOAA).

Marine debris is a familiar sight on shorelines around the world, and a reminder that there is still work to be done to tackle this global environmental problem. You can help collect data on the problem through NOAA’s marine debris citizen science initiative, the Marine Debris Program Monitoring and Assessment Project! Our Monitoring Toolbox has all of the resources you need to get started, including updated guides and datasheets, video tutorials in English and Spanish, and a new open access database.

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Prepare for the Storm and Prevent Hurricane Debris

Hurricane Michael

Derelict vessels and other debris in a Panama City marina following Hurricane Michael (Photo: NOAA).

Hurricanes and typhoons are among nature's most powerful and destructive events, and when these natural disasters strike they can create massive amounts of debris. That’s why the NOAA Marine Debris Program works with coastal states and U.S. territories to help communities prepare for hurricanes and prevent and respond to marine debris. Find storm preparedness resources for responders, homeowners, marinas, and more.

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Where Does Marine Debris Come From?

Bottle caps

Bottle caps removed from the remote shorelines of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawai'i (Photo: NOAA).

Our trash travels. Whether it is properly thrown away or dumped on purpose, it can find its way into our ocean and Great Lakes. This could happen at the beach, while boating on the water, or even many miles inland where trash can be blown and swept into waterways. Find out where marine debris comes from and how you can make a difference, no matter where you are.

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