The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to present our 2021 Accomplishments Report. Once a year, we like to take a moment to reflect on our Program’s mission to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris, and to recognize the achievements made by our team and our partners. Despite continued obstacles during this difficult period, the NOAA Marine Debris Program and partners adapted and expanded our efforts to achieve the ambitious goals set in our new strategic plan.
Though the scope of our work continues to expand, we are still committed to tackling marine debris across our ten regions in the United States and territories. We continue to work to develop local marine debris action plans, emergency response guides, and to implement projects across the country. We are committed to advancing these collaborative efforts together with our many hard-working and dedicated partners—community-based organizations, academia, industry, tribes, and government agencies.
In 2021, we continued to work toward our vision of the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris, making advancements and finding creative solutions to reduce the prevalence and impacts of marine debris. These achievements would not be possible without our dedicated partners in communities across the country and beyond - thank you! The report underscores the power of collective action and how we can—together—achieve a global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
To read more about accomplishments from the last year, view the full report.