NOAA Marine Debris Program e-Newsletter | August 2023

August 2023

Monofilament fishing line on the Texas coast (Photo: Texas Sea Grant). 

In This Issue

Hurricanes and Marine Debris on Islands

Enjoy Fishing Responsibly
CNMI Emergency Response Guide
TRASH TALK Video Series

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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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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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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The Challenges of Hurricanes and Marine Debris on Islands


Vessels damaged by Hurricane Maria in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard).

Living on a tropical island means access to beautiful beaches and year-round sunny days. But what happens when nature shows its other face? Tropical islands are highly vulnerable to the impact of hurricanes and typhoons for many reasons, and one dangerous consequence is the amount of marine debris that is generated.

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New Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands ERG Cover

We are pleased to release the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide. This Guide is the first published for the Pacific Region and aims to improve preparedness for responding to marine debris after typhoons and other disasters in the Commonwealth, such as Typhoon Mawar.

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Enjoy Fishing Responsibly

Monofilament bin

Find a monofilament recycling container to properly dispose of your fishing line (Photo: Texas Sea Grant).

Fishing is a fun activity to enjoy with family, friends, or for some peaceful time alone. Unfortunately, fishing gear and fishing-related items are commonly found as marine debris in our environment. Thankfully, there are ways to enjoy this tradition without creating marine debris.

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TRASH TALK Video Series

what is marine debris

Check out our TRASH TALK video series to learn more about the marine debris problem (Photo: NOAA).

Don’t you think it’s time we all have an honest trash talk? Then check out our Regional Emmy® Award-winning TRASH TALK series! Each short video covers a different marine debris topic to help you understand the marine debris problem and what to do about it.

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