Monitoring Guidelines Available
NOAA releases standardized marine debris monitoring and assessment guidelines.
How do scientists and policy makers figure out if efforts to prevent trash from becoming marine debris are working? Ultimately, to evaluate any campaign, or initiative, or policy, we need to see a change in the amount of debris washing ashore or a decrease in the number of particular items, such as plastic bags, in the marine environment or Great Lakes.
To gather this kind of information, the NOAA Marine Debris Program developed standard techniques for assessing debris on shorelines, on water surfaces, at-sea, and in benthic environments, and the guidelines are now available for the public’s use.