Marine Debris in


ADV grounding on hardbottom resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
This region includes the state of Florida.

Florida’s almost 8,500 miles of coastline features a variety of important habitats, including sandy beaches, mangrove forests, salt marshes, and coral reefs. The region is no stranger to tourism, fishing, and natural hazards, such as hurricanes, and each of these activities and events can generate marine debris. Plastic containers, derelict vessels, and abandoned fishing gear can be found on the ocean floor, in the water, and on beaches, negatively impacting wildlife and humans alike.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program works with partners in the region on marine debris projects, including assessing regional needs, removal efforts, developing and implementing prevention strategies and action plans, and education and outreach.


The NOAA Marine Debris Program offers several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris projects. These include: marine debris removal grants; prevention through education and outreach grants; and research grants. Learn more about these opportunities.


Hurricanes and severe storms bring high winds, rain, strong waves, and storm surges that can damage or destroy your home, boat, or other property, can put your family or business at risk, and have the potential to create a large amount of marine debris. This document runs through some basic steps to prepare for storms and prevent your property from becoming marine debris.