Volunteers participate in a cleanup.


Each fiscal year (October through September), the Marine Debris Program offers funding that supports locally driven, community-based marine debris removal projects. These projects benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish.
(Photo Credit: American Littoral Society)

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Completed Removal Projects - Archives

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2015 Projects

Participants pose with their haul from a beach cleanup as part of the Micronesia Island Nature Alliance’s efforts against marine debris.

The Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance reduced littering and illegal dumping in Saipan by providing infrastructure for proper waste management and raising awareness about littering and marine debris through education and outreach.

The F/V Drake filled with derelict crab pots collected by local fishermen, including Andy Guiliano (pictured).

UC Davis expanded a fishermen-led Dungeness crab derelict gear recovery program, with the intention of making it a self-sustaining effort.

A partially-submerged abandoned and derelict vessel.

The City of Bayou La Batre worked to remove 21 abandoned and derelict vessels and other marine debris from the waters of Bayou La Batre, as well as to restore marsh habitat and lead community outreach.

Volunteers at a removal event in Puerto Rico. (Photo Credit: Scuba Dogs Society)

Scuba Dogs Society removed marine debris from a Puerto Rican shoreline and implemented an education and recycling station program to reduce marine debris at its source and promote stewardship of local marine habitats.

Clean Bays works to remove debris from 18 miles of shoreline and near shore environments in East Providence, Rhode Island.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program teamed up with Clean Bays to remove industrial debris from 18 miles of shoreline and nearshore environments in East Providence, Rhode Island.

2014 Projects

Captain John Beardon, and Deckhands Carl Wakefield and Bob Banks recovered more than 300 traps in Crescent a City (Photo Credit: J. Renzullo, California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, UC Davis)

The Regents of UC Davis, Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association and the NOAA Marine Debris Program teamed up to establish a fishermen-led commercial fishing gear recovery and recycling effort in California.

ADVs rest in Charleston Harbor Watershed.

South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium removed derelict vessels and other marine debris using community-based initiatives.

Derelict lobster traps removed from Long Island Sound.

CCE removed derelict lobster traps from Long Island Sound.

A derelict vessel is partially submerged in Coral Bay.

Coral Bay Community Council removed derelict vessels, involved locals in marine debris cleanups, and worked with local waste management and recycling groups to reduce marine debris.

Derelict vessel being crushed at a landfill yard.

LagoonKeepers.org worked to improve the quality of Palm Beach County’s estuarine, coastal, and near-shore marine ecosystems through derelict and sunken boat removal.

Volunteer clean the beach in Hawaii.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and the NOAA Marine Debris Program work together to inspire coastal stewardship through coastal cleanups.

Volunteers remove debris from Jamaica Bay. Credit: ALS

The American Littoral Society piloted a marine debris removal project in New York's Jamaica Bay

2013 Projects

A worker on a boat removing a derelict net from the Puget Sound.

The Northwest Straits Foundation is combating derelict fishing gear in the Puget Sound by removing derelict nets and conducting outreach with local tribes and fishermen about the impacts of derelict gear.

HWF volunteers removing debris from Kamilo.

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund volunteers patrol the Ka‘ū coast on the Big Island of Hawai‘i for marine debris.

KIRC volunteers cleaning the beach.

KIRC is removing marine debris accumulations on Kaho'olawe Island in Hawai'i.

Volunteers remove debris from Long Beach's salt marsh in NY.

Hofstra University is removing marine debris from one of New York's last natural salt marshes.

Volunteers re-purposing crab pots.

North Carolina Coastal Federation is removing derelict crab pots and re-purposing them into oyster reefs.

Volunteers at Florida cleanup

NOAA supported the Coastal Cleanup Corporation in its effort to remove marine debris from sea turtle nesting habitat.

Identified Derelict Vessel in Marsh.

NOAA is supporting Dauphin Island Sea Lab's efforts to remove abandoned and derelict vessels in Dog River, Alabama.

An old building sits on Tuluwat, an ancient Wiyot village.

NOAA is supporting the indigenous Wiyot Tribe in its effort to remove marine debris from an ancient cultural site.

Students gather around several bags of trash.

NOAA supported the Sitka Sound Science Center in efforts to remove tsunami debris from Southeast Alaska and educate Sitka's youth about the impact of marine debris.

2012 Projects

A large pile of debris and a woman transporting debris on an ATV.

Island Trails Network in Alaska is working to remove marine debris from Tugidak Island, a critical habitat area in the Kodiak Archipelago.

A man surveys large debris items with a crane in the background.

This ongoing debris removal project focuses on an area around Detroit's Belle Isle that is filled with old building material from the city.

2011 Projects

A diver holds a slab of metal removed.

Surfrider Foundation’s Rincón chapter worked to protect Puerto Rico's coral reefs by removing heavy marine debris.

2008 Projects

A crane pulls a vessel from the Bay.

NOAA is supporting San Diego Unified Port District in efforts to remove marine debris from San Diego Bay.

2005 Projects

The Northwest Straits Initiative has worked in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program to eliminate harmful derelict fishing gear in Puget Sound.