NOAA Marine Debris Program
Marine debris is everyone’s problem. It is a global problem affecting everything from the environment to the economy; from fishing and navigation to human health and safety; from the tiniest coral polyps to giant blue whales. Marine debris also comes in many forms, from a cigarette butt to a 4,000-pound derelict fishing net.
Marine debris is any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.
Marine debris is a problem we can solve together. Although marine debris is found worldwide, we can all help with the smallest actions. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and participate in local beach or stream cleanups. If we each do a little, together we can make a big difference.
- Marine debris funding opportunity open through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Pre-proposals due May 8, 2009.
- "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" or "Trash Vortex"
- Fishing for Energy and Hawaii's Nets to Energy programs