NOAA Marine Debris Program e-Newsletter | June 2023

June 2023

Tires, plastic bottles, fishing nets, and other debris removed during the Great Mangrove Cleanup in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Photo: Kristin Wilson Grimes, University of the Virgin Islands).

In This Issue

New York Emergency Response Guide

2023 Art Contest Winners

Celebrate Our Ocean in June

How to Help

Reduce Summer Waste

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

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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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New Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide for New York

New York Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide

We are pleased to release the New York Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide. The Guide is a product of a collaborative process with state and federal agencies and aims to improve preparedness for responding to marine debris after hurricanes and other disasters in New York’s coastal areas, including the Great Lakes region.

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Congratulations to Our 2023 Art Contest Winners!


Artwork by Jaemyn L. (Grade 6, Pennsylvania), winner of the Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest! We received many colorful, creative, and informative entries from around the country, and although we wish we could showcase them all, we are excited to share the winners of this year’s contest with you.

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Celebrate Our Ocean in June!


Coral and Ulua found in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Photo: NOAA).

The ocean is for everyone! This month, celebrate 30 Days of the Ocean with NOAA, dive into ocean facts, videos, and infographics, and learn about this amazing environment that covers over 70% of the Earth's surface.

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How to Help Stop Marine Debris

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Plastic bottles, cigarette butts, food packaging, and fishing line removed from the Anacostia River in Washington, DC (Photo: NOAA).

Marine debris is a global problem caused by people, but we can also be the solution! You can help prevent marine debris no matter where you live. Learn how you can make a difference at the beach, on the water, at school, at the store, or even at home.

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Reduce Waste this Summer

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When you’re at the beach, you can prevent marine debris by properly disposing of your trash, and by packing it out and taking your trash home (Photo: NOAA).

Summer is a time family vacations, barbeques, and fun in the sun. Before you plan your summer activities, keep in mind the amount of waste they can generate, including travel shampoos and coolers filled with drinks and snacks. Even items that are properly recycled or placed in the trash can end up as marine debris. Fortunately, we have some easy tips for slimming down your waste and preventing marine debris this season.

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