NOAA Marine Debris Program e-Newsletter | March 2024

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In This Issue

2024 Southern New England Marine Debris Action Plan

Marine Debris Leadership Academy

Women's History Month

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Conway

2024 Art Calendar

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 Southern New England Marine Debris Action Plan Released!

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Check out the full 2024 Southern New England Marine Debris Action Plan on our website!

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is pleased to announce the new Southern New England Marine Debris Action Plan is now available! This document is the result of a collaborative effort between the NOAA Marine Debris Program and partners across Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts, including federal, state, and nongovernmental organizations, industry, and academia. It represents a partner-led effort to guide marine debris efforts in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts through 2029.

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The Marine Debris Leadership Academy: Spanning Boundaries to Tackle Marine Debris in the Tijuana River Watershed

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Located in Imperial Beach, California, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve sees these challenges as opportunities to utilize trinational collaboration in addressing the social-ecological impacts of marine debris. With support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program provided through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, the ResiDUOS project was created to collaboratively develop a community-driven circular economy pilot project, capture and characterize trash, remove debris in critical natural habitats, and develop a binational emergency response guide to flooding.

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March is Women’s History Month!

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Celebrate the women who are working to solve the issue of marine debris (Photo: NOAA).

The Marina Club is a group of female students interested in environmental science and conservation at Puerto Rico’s Escuela Especializada en Ciencias, Matemática y Tecnología (CIMATEC). In 2020-2021, they created a series of videos on hurricanes and marine debris in Spanish, with the support of the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The goal of this group of passionate changemakers is to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of marine debris, thereby helping the environment and  the community, and empowering other girls. 

El Club Marina es un grupo de estudiantes féminas interesadas en las ciencias ambientales y la conservación de la Escuela Especializada en Ciencias, Matemática y Tecnología (CIMATEC) de Puerto Rico. Entre el 2020 al 2021, crearon una serie de videos en español sobre huracanes y desechos marinos con el apoyo del Programa de Desechos Marinos de la NOAA y la Fundación Nacional de Santuario Marino. La meta de estas agentes de cambios apasionadas es educar y concientizar sobre los peligros de los desechos marinos, para ayudar al medio ambiente y a las comunidades, y empoderar a otras niñas.

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Staff Spotlight: Jessica Conway

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Learn more about Jessica Conways's role as the NOAA Marine Debris Program response specialist (Photo: NOAA).

Jessica is a response specialist with the Marine Debris Program, which is in NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. Jessica supports the Marine Debris Program's emergency response mission. In her role, she leads the development of response preparedness resources, including marine debris emergency response guides. It is a large collaborative project that helps improve the preparedness for and response to disasters that generate marine debris in coastal states and territories. She also plans and conducts response-related training and exercises for external stakeholders and for NOAA. Building relationships with response stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels.

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2024 Marine Debris Calendar is Available!

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Check out the 2024 Marine Debris Calendar on our website!

The 2024 Marine Debris Calendar is still available. 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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