ADV grounding on hardbottom resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Marine Debris in Florida

This region includes the state of Florida.

Florida’s almost 8,500 miles of coastline features a variety of important habitats, including sandy beaches, mangrove forests, salt marshes, and coral reefs. The region is no stranger to tourism, fishing, and natural hazards, such as hurricanes, and each of these activities and events can generate marine debris. Plastic containers, derelict vessels, and abandoned fishing gear can be found on the ocean floor, in the water, and on beaches, negatively impacting wildlife and humans alike.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program works with partners in the region on marine debris projects, including assessing regional needs, removal efforts, developing and implementing prevention strategies and action plans, and education and outreach.

Regional Coordinator

Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

Information for states and territories in the Florida region:
Last updated Wed, 03/20/2024 - 05:28 pm EDT