NOAA Marine Debris Program e-Newsletter | December 2023

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Cover of the 2024 Marine Debris Calendar with Artwork by Magdalene F. (Grade 8, Florida), winner of the Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest.

In This Issue

Special Funding Opportunity

Corals Week

2024 Marine Debris Calendar Now Available

Native American Heritage Month

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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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Special Funding Opportunity: Ocean Odyssey Marine Debris Awards

Miscellaneous debris including plastic, fishing line, and product packaging.

Miscellaneous marine debris (Photo: NOAA).

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program released a Request for Proposals for the Ocean Odyssey Marine Debris Awards for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility. The Foundation expects to award 10-15 grants, totaling approximately $75,000 for this funding competition. Full proposals are due on December 18, 2023 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). For more information on this Request for Proposals, visit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation website.

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Corals Week December 3-10

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A tropical coral reef structure in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Photo: NOAA).

You don’t need to live near coral reefs to impact them. When your trash becomes marine debris, it can travel great distances and threaten corals in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. Derelict fishing gear, abandoned derelict vessels, common trash, and microplastics have the potential to destroy coral reefs as they travel through the ocean currents. You can help protect coral reefs by working to reduce waste in your daily life! 

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The 2024 Marine Debris Calendar Now Available!

Cover of the 2024 Marine Debris Calendar.

Cover of the 2024 Marine Debris Calendar with Artwork by Magdalene F. (Grade 8, Florida), winner of the Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest (Photo: NOAA).

The 2024 Marine Debris Calendar is now available for download! Our annual art contest aims to get students thinking about how marine debris impacts our ocean and Great Lakes, and what they can do to help. This year’s calendar features artwork from 13 students in kindergarten through eighth grade from 10 states, all winners of the “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” art contest. This year’s contest is still open, and entries are due December 15.

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November Celebrated Native American Heritage Month

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A log-strewn beach on Kodiak Island in southwest Alaska (Photo: NOAA).

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to collaborate with multiple tribal partners in efforts to remove marine debris from our waterways and empower the communities that work to reduce the impacts of marine debris on our shores. Through our grant programs, regional action plans, and community-building efforts, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program strives to bring together the many groups that tirelessly work to reduce the impacts of marine debris. In celebration of our rich ancestral heritage, we highlighted some projects that work with or are led by native communities.

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