Fact Sheets
Marine Debris and the Economy Fact Sheet

Marine debris can be dangerous for wildlife, damage sensitive habitats, and create safety and navigation hazards. But did you know that marine debris can also hurt the economies of coastal communities and decrease commercial fishing revenue? Marine debris can keep tourists away from beaches, compete with active fishing gear and reduce commercial catches, and cost small businesses money. 

Learn more about the impacts of marine debris to the economy, the benefits of removal and prevention, and the ways the NOAA Marine Debris Program works to reduce the economic impacts of marine debris.