Marine debris is a pervasive global problem that touches every corner of our ocean and Great Lakes. It occurs everywhere in the ocean and can be found floating at the surface of the water, down to the deepest parts of the ocean floor.
Since 2006, the NOAA Marine Debris Program has led national and international efforts to research, prevent, and reduce the impacts of marine debris. Its staff, which is positioned across the country, supports marine debris projects in partnership with state and local agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, academia, and industry. The program also spearheads national research efforts and works to change behavior in the public through outreach and education initiatives.
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