Funded Projects Outside of NOAA
The projects below were funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Program's grant opportunities with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA Restoration Center's Community-based Restoration Program. Numerous projects are funded each year and below are representatives of a few of those projects.
- Reel In and Recycle - The BoatUS Foundation and BoatUS Angler Program coordinate and lead the "Reel In and Recycle" monofilament fishing line recycling program.
Oregon Derelict Gear Recovery Project - This project recovered both fixed and mobile derelict fishing gear in the ocean waters off the Oregon coast, including four components: 1) cut-off crab pot recovery, 2) sacrificed net recovery, 3) education, and 4) stray pot recovery and retrieval.
Link to video about the project - "Oregon Net Recovery" (by Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Northwest Straits Regional Creosote Inventory and Removal Project - This project removed creosote debris from marine shoreline habitats and marine protected areas throughout the northwest straits region, WA. Five sites with known large accumulations of creosote debris were identified. Collectively these sites provide habitat for Caspian and arctic terns, juvenile Dungeness crab, black brant, salmon, steelhead, cutthroat trout, shorebirds and a variety of waterfowl. These sites included a national wildlife refuge, national historic park, nature preserve and state park. Removal of creosote debris immediately removed a chronic source of leaching toxins and rehabilitated degraded marine shoreline habitats. Coordinated by the Northwest Straits Commission and funded through the NOAA Restoration Center's Community-based Restoration Program in 2005.
Marine Debris from Land to Sea: Holistic Characterization, Reducation and Education Efforts in New Hampshire - This project is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to marine debris identification, monitoring and mitigation by tracking marine debris on the shore, underwater, and on the ocean. The objectives of this project were to better characterize ocean-based debris (e.g., derelict fishing gear) sources and distribution patterns; utilize divers to implement a unique underwater cleanup program to remove both derelict fishing gear where possible and other debris, continue to investigate the prevalence of land-based debris sources, and mitigate the problem through education and outreach in the industry and community.
- For more information please visit http://www.nhmarinedebris.org/
Photo courtesy of UNH.