The MDP works at the global, regional, and binational level to better understand and address marine debris internationally.
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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The first step to solving a problem is learning more about it. Check out our educational resources to help stewards of all ages learn more about the problem of marine debris.
The Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee is a multi-agency body responsible for streamlining the federal government’s efforts to address marine debris.
The Marine Debris Clearinghouse is an online database that houses information on projects, best practices, action plans, and state-of-knowledge papers.