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About Us

Vision

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.

Mission

The mission of the NOAA Marine Debris Program is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris.

Marine debris is a pervasive problem that threatens our oceans and coastal environments. Since the inception of the NOAA Marine Debris Program in 2006, we have strived to combat this issue by finding solutions through research, removal and prevention efforts

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is authorized by Congress to work on marine debris through the Marine Debris Act, signed into law in 2006 and amended in 2012 and 2018.

The Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee (IMDCC) is a multi-agency body responsible for streamlining the federal government’s efforts to address marine debris.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program offers several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris projects.
People cleaning derelict fishing gear from a beach. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is excited to be co-hosting the 6IMDC with UN Environment in San Diego, California, USA from March 12-16, 2018!