Marine Debris Foundation

Trash scattered on sand and among shrubs at the back barrier of a beach.

On December 18, 2020 the passage of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act established the Marine Debris Foundation as a charitable and nonprofit organization to support the marine debris activities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The purposes of the Marine Debris Foundation include encouraging, accepting, and administering private gifts of property for the benefit of, or in connection with, efforts to address marine debris and to perform other functions related to marine debris. 

Twelve people, in addition to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, will serve as Directors on the new Marine Debris Foundation Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will represent diverse points of view relating to the assessment, prevention, reduction, and removal of marine debris. The initial solicitation of the Marine Debris Foundation Board of Directors closed on June 30, 2021, and a second solicitation closed on August 27, 2021. Announcements and more details will be shared later this calendar year. 

To learn more, please visit the Marine Debris Foundation website.