The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to present our 2022 Accomplishments Report. The report is a snapshot of the work of the Marine Debris Program and our partners throughout the fiscal year. Although the problem of marine debris continues to present challenges for wildlife, habitats, and people across the United States and around the world, the community working to solve this global problem is stronger than ever. We are proud to be a part of this community and contribute to solutions as the United States Government’s lead on the issue of marine debris.
Throughout fiscal year 2022, our team and partners worked with schools to reduce waste on campuses, removed marine debris caused by natural disasters, expanded the offerings in our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project toolbox, worked with coastal managers to prepare for emergency storm events, and supported projects with local, federal, and international partner organizations. We also continued to develop local marine debris action plans and emergency response guides, implement projects across the country, and advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our organization.
These achievements would not be possible without our many hard-working and dedicated partners, including community-based organizations, academia, industry, tribes, and government agencies. The achievements in this report are examples of the important action already taken to reduce the impacts of marine debris on our ocean and coasts and we are proud to continue these efforts into the future with the critical support of our staff, partners, and volunteers.
To read more about accomplishments from the last year, view the full report.