National Sea Grant College Program
NOAA Sea Grant programs (located at universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state) join with a variety of federal, state, and local organizations to enhance existing local marine debris clean-up programs and implement education and outreach programs to foster marine debris prevention.
Sea Grant programs are engaged in many types of marine debris activities throughout the Gulf, , , and regions.
Gulf/Puerto Rico Sea Grant Programs
Texas Sea Grant
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
Louisiana Sea Grant
Hawaii Sea Grant
- Guidebook to Marine Mammals and Turtles of Hawaii and the Eastern Pacific Region
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- Ghost Net Identification in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Ohio Sea Grant
University of Delaware Sea Grant Boater Education
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Virginia Sea Grant
The following are a few of the many Sea Grant programs involved in marine debris:
- This program engages volunteers to remove marine debris from coastal waters and other watershed locations. Volunteers in Alabama have removed 83,615 pounds of debris from the beaches and waterways. More than 4,500 volunteers collected nearly 73,000 pounds of trash along 223 miles of Mississippi Gulf Coast and barrier islands waterways.
- This program is active in marine debris research and mitigation, and was instrumental in facilitating the first multi-agency marine debris mitigation task force and the first ever large-scale, multi-agency marine debris removal effort in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in partnership with NOAA Fisheries.
- This program initiated a semi-annual underwater clean up in partnership with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and local vendors. Using local SCUBA clubs and land volunteers, they removed approximately 10 tons of trash from the Put-in-Bay Harbor since the first event in 1992. These activities serve the public through:
- Education and public outreach programs that teach new generations
about the negative impact marine debris has on the coastal environment.
- Community-based marine debris cleanup efforts that provide opportunities
for environmental stewardship by local citizens
and increase the awareness of the issue in those
inclined to contribute to the marine debris
- Reducing marine debris through behavior changes that will improve the quality of life for coastal residents and decrease the negative impact on the environment.