Since the inception of the NOAA Marine Debris Program in 2006, NOAA has strived to help find solutions to the marine debris problem. The fiscal year 2021-2025 Strategic Plan highlights how the MDP will work with dedicated staff and partners for the next five years to make a measurable change toward reaching our vision: the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
Who We Are
In 2006, Congress authorized the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) as the U.S. Federal government’s lead for addressing marine debris. The MDP achieves its mission through five main pillars: Removal, Prevention, Research, Regional Coordination, and Emergency Response.
MDP staff is positioned across the country in order to support projects and partnerships with state and local agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, academia, and industry.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
The mission of the NOAA Marine Debris Program is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris.
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