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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Webinar Schedule

February 24, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: Knowing the Ropes

A recording of the webinar will be posted as soon as it becomes available.  


  • Nancy Wallace, Director - NOAA Marine Debris Program

  • Hilary Wilkinson, Executive Coordinator Support for the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force - Veda Environmental

  • Ben Solomon, Environmental Specialist - North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

  • Paula Gillikin, Central Site Manager - North Carolina Coastal Reserves and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Division of Coastal Management

March 24, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: Weathering Stormy Waters

A recording of the webinar will be posted as soon as it becomes available.  


  • Scott Lundgren, Director - NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

  • Matthew Bethel, Associate Executive Director of Research and Niki Pace, J.D., LL.M., CFM, Law & Policy Program - Louisiana Sea Grant 

  • Nilda Jimenez, PhD, Endangered Species Program Coordinator - Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources

  • Michele Jacobi, Spatial Data Branch Chief - NOAA Office of Response and Restoration Assessment and Restoration Division  

April 28, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: During Fair Winds and Following Seas


  • Phil Horning, Derelict Vessel Program Administrator - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Troy Wood, Derelict Vessel Removal Program Manager - Washington State Department of Natural Resources

  • Curtis Havel, Harbormaster - Richardson Bay Regional Agency

May 26, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: Funding the Issue

Presenters TBD

June 23, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: Taking an Inventory of the Issue

Presenters TBD

July 28, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: Oil and Hazmat Issues

Presenters TBD

August 25, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: Coordination Success Stories and Lessons Learned

Presenters TBD

September 22, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: ADV InfoHub Reflections

Presenters TBD

October 27, 2021 - Salvaging Solutions: Vessel Disposal

Presenters TBD


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