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.

2016 Active Projects

2015 Active Projects

2014 Active Projects

2013 Active Projects

Completed Removal Projects - Archives

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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.

Volunteer clean the beach in Hawaii.

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

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.

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.

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.