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 envisions the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
The mission of the NOAA Marine Debris Program is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris.
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 co-hosted the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC) with United Nations Environment in San Diego, California, USA from March 12-16, 2018.