To mitigate the impacts of debris resulting from acute marine debris incidents, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is facilitating response planning efforts in coastal states.
Marine debris is an everyday problem, but natural disasters have the potential to make it worse. Hurricanes and tropical storms, tsunamis, floods, and landslides that impact U.S. coasts can be an overwhelming source of marine debris because high winds, storm surges, and heavy rains drag household products, lawn furniture, and even entire homes into the surrounding waters. In some cases, this debris ends up in shallow coastal waters, which could threaten navigation, natural resources, or human safety.
The 2017 hurricanes season inflicted severe damage to communities and coastal resources over large areas of the Caribbean, Southeast and Texas, leaving large amounts of debris in the coastal zones of the affected states and territories.