Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Webinar Series

Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels.

Welcome to the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s online webinar series, Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels!

Each month’s webinar features experts on a topic related to abandoned and derelict vessels. The goal of the series is to share perspectives from across the country on common issues arising from abandoned and derelict vessels, in hopes to help communities better deal with them. The webinar speakers are specialists from federal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; universities; and industry, and will discuss topics about communications, funding, policy, and successes and challenges under blue skies and hurricane conditions.

We welcome attendance from anyone with an interest in abandoned and derelict vessels, particularly local, state, and federal agencies; tribal entities; nongovernmental organizations, and other organizations engaged in the issue.

This page will be updated with the upcoming webinars. Mark your calendars for the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 3 pm EDT/2pm CDT/12 pm PDT/9 am HST, and join the webinars on Adobe Connect at

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The Salvaging Solutions webinars occur monthly. A recording of each webinar will be posted as soon as they become available.

May 26 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Funding the Issue

This month's Salvaging Solutions webinar will focus on sources of funding to address ADVs.

  • Celia Hitchins, Senior Administrator - Monroe County Marine Resources Office
    As part of her role, Celia works to protect the nearshore waters of the Florida Keys through a variety of programs and services including anchoring and mooring management, waterway infrastructure, derelict vessel removal, and vessel sewage pump-out. She will explain the issues of ADVs in the Keys and how Monroe County has established reliable funding streams and contract procedures to quickly and effectively address ADV removals.    
  • Michael Pellerin, Vice President Director - Underwriting - BoatUS
    Mike Pellerin is a 29 year veteran with BoatUS. In addition to his current position overseeing the underwriting team at BoatUS/GEICO Marine, Mike has held positions with the product division (prior to being acquired by West Marine), the claims department, and with the Association. Mike is an avid boater who has held a 100 Ton license and currently enjoys boating on his Grady White in North Eastern Florida on Amelia Island. Mike's talk will focus on the value of vessel insurance coverage.
  • Sarah Lowe, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator - NOAA Marine Debris Program, under contract with Lynker
    Sarah has worked in support of the NOAA Marine Debris Program for the past 12 years. As part of her current duties she works with partners on NOAA-funded regional marine debris projects, including ADV removals. She will share an overview of the NOAA Marine Debris Program's removal funding opportunity, as well as a few examples of funded ADV removal projects.

Join our one-hour webinar:

Jun 23 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Taking an Inventory of the Issue

Presenters TBD

Jul 28 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Oil and Hazmat Issues

Presenters TBD

Aug 25 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Coordination Success Stories and Lessons Learned

Presenters TBD

Sep 22 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: ADV Info Hub Reflections

Presenters TBD

Oct 27 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Vessel Disposal

Presenters TBD