The NOAA Marine Debris Program offers several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris projects. These include: marine debris removal grants; prevention through education and outreach grants; and research grants. Learn more about these opportunities.
The Southeast region has a productive, diverse, and beautiful coast, with over 8,500 miles of tidal shorelines. Over 3 million people live and work in coastal communities in this region, where tourism and recreation are important economic drivers. Unfortunately, marine debris not only spoils the beauty of Southeast coastlines, it also creates health and safety hazards, threatens the boating and fishing community, degrades wildlife habitat, and impacts the economy.
In partnership with local agencies, non-governmental organizations, and coastal and fishing communities, the NOAA Marine Debris Program aims to prevent and reduce marine debris in the Southeast through prevention, research, and removal projects, as well as response to severe storms.
Funded Partners in the Region
- Storm Preparedness & Marine Debris Fact Sheet
- Quantification of Microplastics on National Park Beaches report
- Effects of derelict fishing gear in the Chesapeake Bay Assessment report
- Washed Ashore curriculum
- Shellfish Mariculture Best Management Practices
- North Carolina Marine Debris Action Plan
- The Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris in the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico
- Cleaning up from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma (video)