Marine Debris in the


Debris on the banks of the Potomac River.
This region includes the East Coast of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia

Marine debris in the mid-Atlantic region is very often tied to the Chesapeake Bay. The NOAA Marine Debris Program works on efforts to prevent debris from entering the Bay through research and outreach, minimizing impacts to the people who enjoy it and the animals rely on it for survival. But we’re not solely focused on the Chesapeake Bay; we collaborate with a strong network of partners throughout the region who work hard to protect the coasts and waterways, as well as groups that clean the many miles of sandy, Atlantic Coast beaches that are vital to tourism.

A derelict vessel overgrown with marsh grasses.

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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.

Abandoned and Derelict Vessel information for states and territories in the Mid-Atlantic region: