Now Open: FY 2022 Grant Opportunity for Marine Debris Removal Projects

Posted Mon, 08/02/2021 - 11:00

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce our FY 2022 Marine Debris Removal notice of funding opportunity. 

Projects awarded through the removal grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear, abandoned and derelict vessels, and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts. NOAA will also fund projects in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border regions, subject to additional eligibility criteria. 

The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission period for removal projects will extend from August 2 to September 24, 2021. Applicants who submit successful LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal following the LOI review period. The Marine Debris Program will host an applicant webinar later this year, providing an overview of the process and materials required for submitting a full application. More information will be posted on the Marine Debris Program website later this summer or fall.

For more information on this FY 2022 grant opportunity, please visit and the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s website.

Two people cleaning up derelict fishing nets on a beach.
Derelict fishing nets are removed from a beach in Oregon (Photo: Oregon Surfrider).


Now Open: FY 2022 Grant Opportunity for Marine Debris Removal Projects

Posted Mon, 08/02/2021 - 11:00

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Sat, 08/07/2021 - 21:04

Is it possible for a citizen to collect some fish netting for recycling projects that has been found on beaches? Small amounts, prefer thinner rope vs thick.

Yes! Depending where you are located, there is plentiful material for artists and "upcycling" projects.

Thank you for response

I'm in Seattle - Everett area of Washington State. How do I find out about possibilities here?

thank you.

Hi Diana, Im based in Seattle as well, and have a fishing gear recycling business, Id love to talk with you!

Patrick Ahern

Sun, 08/08/2021 - 12:26

I live on Smithtown Bay , Long Island, N. Y. Recently we are seeing more and more household trash washing up on our shore, various plastic containers, fruit and vegetable rinds, feminine hygiene products, zip lock bags, etc. We are filling contractor bags with garbage and hauling away. We are stewards for our beach and the surrounding areas but we need to get others involved. We love to discover the source of the trash and try to stop the influx. Do you have any suggestions on forensics that we can avail ourselves to.

Hello, Patrick. I sent a reply email to address your question. Thank you!

Rico Guerrero

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 01:31

Do these grants include International cleanups? We are currently removing plastic from the ocean and beaches and large quantities in India and Indonesia

Leticia Cruz

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 14:44

Can you transfer some funding to Puerto rico please . We need this incentive to maintain beaches and prevent climate change effects .


Norman Fred - …

Sat, 11/13/2021 - 12:44

This year in August, our organization got a permit from the ACoE and the State of MI to remove the legs of a large steel dock that is lying inverted in 7 feet of water on the floor of East Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI. Here is a link to the full report with photos and GPS coordinates.

Many boats had hit the legs with great damage to them and we mitigated that problem for the time being, but as the lake levels recede, the dock itself will become a boating hazard again.

We don't have the equipment or financial ability to remove the dock. It's just too heavy.

The ACoE asked NOAA to add this dock to its list of Hazards To Navigation.

Can NOAA help us remove the dock using their assets and equipment? We can assist with volunteers and logistical support.


Deon Goodgain

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 16:01

...grant's for a nonprofit organization oil tankers too water tankers help clean up Dead Zones and beaches and trash island