Students learn about debris at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


Each fiscal year (October through September), the Marine Debris Program supports projects across the country that use outreach and education as a way to prevent marine debris. These projects aim to change behavior, especially among youth, and provide them with hands-on experiences that deepen their understanding of the marine debris problem.

2016 Active Projects

2015 Active Projects

2014 Active Projects

2013 Active Projects

Completed Prevention Projects - Archives

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2014 Projects

Children learn about marine debris at the Santa Barbara museum.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is educating students on how they can prevent trash from reaching the ocean.

2013 Projects

Talking Trash and Taking Action.

Ocean Conservancy instilled an environmental ethic in youth and corporate employees in an effort to end marine debris.

New Bedford & YCC observe a penguin at Mystic Aquarium.

Mystic Aquarium and the NOAA Marine Debris Program worked with teens to educate and inspire their peers.

GA students marine debris survey and cleanup.

University of Georgia Marine Extension Service partnered with the NOAA Marine Debris Program to use student marine debris surveys to encourage environmental stewardship.

Kids are standing and hitting a ball in a crowd.

Monterey Bay Aquarium worked with California teachers to add marine debris lessons to their classrooms.

Two teachers sort through a bin of marine debris in a lab.

NOAA and Oregon State University are engaging students on marine debris using an integrated curriculum.

Colorful bits of plastic from Kehoe Beach in California.

Anchorage Museum is educating the public with a marine debris exhibit called GYRE: The Plastic Ocean.

Brown pelicans float in their exhibit pool.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is home to Wendy and Tinkerbell, two brown pelicans found entangled in fishing line in Florida.