Marine Debris Clearinghouse

A Google map of projects in Washington State.

The Marine Debris Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) is the Federal government’s marine debris online database. This resource benefits the nation's coastal managers, researchers, and increases available information on marine debris, promotes collaboration, and sparks ideas for prevention and mitigation. 

The Clearinghouse allows researchers and other interested partners to find projects and the results based on different project attributes, including location, project type, time frame, partner, or debris type. With many new groups joining the marine debris community and interest growing rapidly, collaboration and coordination are more important than ever in sharing successes, identifying gaps, and confirming best practices. 

In its initial phase, the Clearinghouse contains information on the NOAA Marine Debris Program's planned, on-going, and historical marine debris projects related to removal, research, and prevention. The new and improved version of the site builds off of the NOAA Data Integration Visualization Exploration and Reporting (DIVER) platform to add new features and capabilities. The Clearinghouse provides new query tools that allow users to build their own searches to suit their specific interests. The search capabilities can also show any relationships between projects and show marine debris trends over time.

The Clearinghouse will grow to include a library of documents, including best practices, Regional Marine Debris Action Plans and Emergency Response Guides, technical documents, and papers that reflect the current knowledge of a given topic area within marine debris study.

Visit the Marine Debris Clearinghouse today. We encourage you to take a look and reach out to us with any feedback on ways we can improve the site with an email to