The end of 2015 is fast approaching and 2016 is on the near horizon. At this time, we like to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. In 2015, the NOAA Marine Debris Program accomplished many things that we are quite proud of. This includes the removal of many tons of…
I think it’s safe to say that we all know just how irresponsibly we have been using plastic over the past few decades; I don’t even know if we saw it as a problem until quite recently. The damage has been done and there is now so much plastic waste in landfills (and the Great Pacific Garbage […]
Marine debris can be a dangerous problem for the animals that inhabit the marine environment. Unfortunately, we recently saw this first-hand on a Florida beach. A melon-headed whale that was recovered along Florida’s east coast died due to a large plastic bag in its digestive system. NOAA Fisheries’ stranding network staff, partnering with the Florida…
Let these amazing yet disturbing sculptures serve us as a reminder of society's overuse of plastics. All of them were created using plastic materials found in sea or on shore, discarded plastics which we call beach waste. Big bravo to Washed Ashore, an Oregon-based organization, which created most of the listed sculptures and to Xandi Kreuzeder for making Tiger Shark and Roxy Mermaid.
In the fight against marine debris, research plays an important role. New studies have helped us to better understand the issue, although research into marine debris, its sources, and its impacts is still fairly new and there are questions that remain unanswered. The NOAA Marine Debris Program supports research projects that help to address some…
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