Is There Plastic Hiding in Your Leaves?

Posted Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:08

It’s fall! For those of us in the temperate parts of the country, this means temperatures are getting cooler and the leaves are changing color. Those beautiful red, orange, and yellow leaves are also starting to fall, covering our yards and sidewalks. Some love crunching through the leaves. For others, it's a big chore to rake all of them up. No matter your view, you should be aware that those leaves can potentially transport debris.  


Trash Counts: The Newest Video in the Trash Talk Series

Posted Mon, 10/01/2018 - 15:34

You can learn all about monitoring in the latest video in our Trash Talk series, Trash Counts. It follows a group of high school students as they monitor the beaches in their community for marine debris. Their data, as well as data from other citizen scientists and classrooms all around the world, can help us figure out the most effective ways stop debris from entering the ocean and Great Lakes.  

Addressing Bi-National Marine Debris at the US / Mexico Border

Posted Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:00
By Sherry Lippiatt, California Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program

Happy Public Lands Day! To celebrate, we are highlighting the astounding success of a public lands project that has prevented thousands of tons of debris from entering the oceanIn the southwest corner of the continental United States, our partners at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) and Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association (SWIA) are leading bi-national efforts to reduce the impacts of marine debris in the Tijuana River Valley. Many factors make it hard to address marine debris in this region, but success has risen out of a strong community of partners on both sides of the border.

Congratulations to the Winners of Bow Seat’s 2018 Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition!

Posted Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:14
By Alyssa Irizarry, Program Director, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Rising to the challenge, teenagers from across the country designed and led creative campaigns in their communities to tackle the marine litter problem as part of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program’s Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition, supported by the NOAA Marine Debris Program.


Now Open: FY19 Grant Opportunity for Marine Debris Research Projects

Posted Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:38

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce our FY19 “Marine Debris Research” federal funding opportunity. This opportunity provides funding for research directly related to marine debris through field, laboratory, and modeling experiments. Successful project proposals will explore the ecological risk associated with marine debris, determine debris exposure levels, examine the fate and transport of marine debris in nearshore coastal environments, and/or quantify habitat impacts resulting from marine debris. Projects may address one or more of these research priorities and should be original, hypothesis-driven projects that have not previously been addressed to scientific standards.