NOAA Marine Debris Program e-Newsletter | January 2024

Cover of the NOAA Marine Debris Program Turning the Tide on Trash newsletter.

A large collection of plastic bottle caps that were collected during a beach cleanup (Photo: NOAA).

In This Issue

United States Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide

New Year, New Goal, Less Waste

2024 Marine Debris Calendar Now Available

How Long Until It's Gone?

Quick Links

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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New United States Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide

Floats are being utilized to contain random debris from moving further into Barnegat Bay during the removal process.

Marine debris from a home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy is removed from Barnegat Bay (Photo: Federal Emergency Management Agency.)

We are pleased to release the United States Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide! Developed in collaboration with other federal agencies, the Guide aims to improve preparedness for responding to marine debris after hurricanes and other disasters in coastal areas of the United States, including the Great Lakes and territories.

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New Year, New Goals, Less Waste

Sustainable alternatives for bathroom products and a variety of foods bought in bulk arranged on a tray.

Sustainable household alternatives to decrease marine debris (Photo: Sylvie Michel via Unsplash).

Tips to decrease your waste in 2024! The EPA estimates that on average, Americans generate 4.40 pounds of waste per person per day. That’s a lot of trash, but the good news is that because we are the problem, we can be the solution too! We’ve outlined some simple tips to start off the new year with new goals and less waste.

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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.

Happy New Year! 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.

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The Mystery of How Long Until It’s Gone

Microplastics on the beach.

Plastics can fragment into small pieces, like the microplastics on this beach, and may never fully go away (Photo: NOAA).

Huge amounts of marine debris enter the ocean and Great Lakes every year, from large abandoned and derelict vessels and fishing gear, to plastic bottles, food wrappers, and other trash, and even tiny pieces of plastic that you can’t see with the human eye! But once our trash is in the ocean, what happens to it? How long does it last, and can we ever say that it’s gone?

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