NOAA Marine Debris Program e-Newsletter | February 2024

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In This Issue

2023 Accomplishments Report

Mentorship in Marine Debris

Hawaiian Language Month

Show Your Love For The Ocean

2024 Art Calenda

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Marine Debris Blog
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In Your Region
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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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The 2023 NOAA Marine Debris Program Accomplishments Report Now Available!

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Check out the full 2023 Accomplishments Report on our website!

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to present the 2023 Accomplishments Report, outlining our continued efforts to address marine debris through our program pillars - prevention, removal, research, monitoring and detection, response, and coordination. This report is a snapshot of the work of the Marine Debris Program and our partners throughout the fiscal year. Marine debris continues to present challenges for wildlife, habitats, and people across the United States as well as around the world. We are proud to be playing a leading role on the issue of marine debris and a part of the community that is working towards solutions.

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Charting Waves, Forging Bonds: Mentorship in Marine Debris

Dr. Madison Willert, 2023 Knauss fellow in her graduation cap and gown with fall foliage in the background.

Madison earned her Ph.D. in biology from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2022 (Photo: Madison Willert).

Dr. Madison Willert, a 2023 Knauss Fellow through Georgia Sea Grant, shares her experience as the Marine Debris Coordinator in NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and the National Sea Grant Office. During her fellowship, Willert helped facilitate NOAA’s four collective marine debris competitions, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, and build partnerships between the two offices. She recaps her fellowship saying “It is a privilege to see firsthand the innovative solutions that people are developing around the country to address this issue, and to help facilitate these projects as best I can.” 

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February is a celebration of ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, Hawaiian language!

Cover of the children’s storybook, “Makani: the albatross that cares for the land”.

Cover of the children’s storybook, “Makani: the albatross that cares for the land."

Storytelling and language are powerful tools used to connect people to the unique environments and rich cultural heritage of the Hawaiian islands. The NOAA Marine Debris Program strives to practice stewardship and mālama, or care taking and preserving, the Hawaiian Islands through outreach, education, and removal efforts thanks to the help of our partners. This dual language workbook, created by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, engages readers through the eyes of a Laysan Albatross named Makani. Learn about Hawaiian wildlife, culture, navigation, and natural resource management in both English and Hawaiian. 

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Show Your Love For The Ocean!

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Check out the Marine Debris Program's guide to Valentine's Day (Photo: Catherine Sheila via Pexels).

Our love for you could never be reduced, reused, or recycled. This Valentine’s Day, show your love for the ocean with these cards, games, and educational resources from around NOAA, including our guide to reducing waste on Valentine’s Day. 

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