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Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan

  The Hawai‘i Marine Debris Action Plan (HI-MDAP) establishes a comprehensive framework for strategic action to reduce the ecological, health and safety, and economic impacts of marine debris in Hawai‘i by 2020. HI-MDAP was built on the significant ongoing and past efforts of Hawaii’s marine debris community. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program (MDP) and the …

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The NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter

The NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP MALI) has been implemented since March 2008 right after the approval by the four member states, as a major outcome of the two-year project called the NOWPAP Marine Litter Activity (MALITA) carried out from November 2005 to the end of 2007. RAP MALI is the second phase of NOWPAP marine litter …

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Planning Derelict Vessel Removal in American Samoa – 2007

Conduct workshop and field inspection to assess and plan for removal of two legacy derelict vessels in American Samoa. Project Abstract The project brought salvage experts from the US Navy and private firms to American Samoa to work with local experts in order to inspect, assess and prepare plans for the removal of two legacy derelict vessels, the F/V Jui …

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Florida Emergency Trap and Debris Removal Plan – 2006

Develop an emergency trap retrieval and debris removal plan in the state of Florida. This facilitates the removal of trap debris and recovery of traps in the Florida Keys following hurricanes. Project Abstract Project was achieved through workshops  with local fisheries groups to utilize existing information on trap use, trap loss and its recovery, and trap debris removal.  The ultimate …

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Conference on Assessing the Global Impact of Marine Debris on Marine Mammals – 2008

NOAA hosts the first global conference on marine mammal protected areas (MPAs), including a combination of invited and competitive presentations on specific issues and topics of concern to the managers of marine mammal MPAs. Project Abstract This conference, held in 2008 and coordinated by NOAA staff from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was built around the overall …

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Alaska CoastWalk Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Project – 2009

Expand community-based marine debris clean-up and prevention efforts in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and throughout Alaskan coastal communities. Project Abstract This project was conducted by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) with the purpose of preventing and removing marine debris from areas around Kachemak Bay in Alaska and coordinating statewide efforts to combat marine debris.  Specifically, the project: Increased and …

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Tire Reef Cleanup Scoping, Broward County FL – 2006

This project built on the experience of past efforts to determine the most viable disposal options for tires that were previously introduced as artificial reef habitat. Project Abstract Through this project, NOAA provided support to produce a tire recycling feasibility assessment and report that assisted the State of Florida in determining whether the private sector would accept the tires for …

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Post-Hurricane Rita Marine Debris Assessment & Marking in Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana 2006

Identify and assess debris after Hurricane Rita within areas of Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana Project Abstract The project, coordinated by the NOAA Office of Coast Survey, used side-scan sonar, visual surveys and  reports from user groups to assess the quantity of debris deposited by Hurricane Rita in Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana. The project output included information as well as a linkage with …

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Integrated PDA-GPS Protocol for Marine Debris and Oil Spill Cleanup, Mitigation and Decision-Making – 2006

Produce an integrated protocol for assessing and monitoring pollution from marine debris, providing data for decision-making, and increasing the effectiveness of future remediation and mitigation techniques through the use of an integrated PDA-GPS system. Project Abstract The University of New Hampshire Environmental Research Group and the Coastal Response Research Center (NOAA/UNH partnership) conducted collaborative research on marine pollution because of the …

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Post-Sandy Marine Debris Response and Removal Projects – CT, DE, NJ, NY, RI – 2013

Projects coordinated by NOAA Marine Debris Program to identify and remove marine debris caused by the Sandy in the Northeast United States using supplemental funds allocated by Congress in 2013. Project Abstract Sandy inflicted severe damage on the coastal regions of New York, New Jersey, and nearby states, depositing large amounts of debris in the affected areas. Marine debris poses …

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Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan – 2008-2012

Develop and update the Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan through collaborative meetings and workshops with marine debris partners across the state. Project Abstract The NOAA Marine Debris Program worked with Tetra Tech staff to prepare, implement, and evaluate three focus area workshops for development of the Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan (HI-MDAP). These meetings and workshops built off of information …

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Fall NMFS GOM Plankton Cruise

Fall NMFS GOM Plankton Cruise Each September (beginning in 2016) during the NMFS fall plankton cruise (part of SEAMAP) microplastic samples will also be taken at ~30 stations along the U.S.A. Gulf of Mexico continental shelf from the U.S./Mexico border to the Florida Keys. These microplastic samples will be collected using neuston tows (0.505 mesh), bongo tows (.202 mesh) and …

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Data and Information Network Regional Activity Center (DINRAC) of NOWPAP

Data and Information Network Regional Activity Center (DINRAC) is based in the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Environmental Cooperation Center (CAEC) of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The objectives of DINRAC are to develop a region-wide data and information exchange network, to promote regional cooperation and exchange of information on the marine …

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Surveys of Derelict Crab Pots on Diamondback Terrapin Populations in North Carolina Waters – 2008

Survey the distribution of derelict crab pots along the North Carolina coastline using side scan sonar, aerial surveys, and global positioning systems. Project Abstract Researchers at the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center planned to locate, retrieve, inventory, and dispose of 100 traps at multiple sites along the North Carolina coast: Currituck, Croatan, Pamlico, lower Albemarle, Core, Bogue, Topsail, and Masonboro Sounds. …

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Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean: Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach – 2013

Educate youth on marine debris at schools and dockside locations on the East and West Coasts using a remotely operated vehicle, shoreline cleanups, and STEM-education curriculum and activities. Project Abstract The Rozalia Project’s action-oriented, marine debris education programs are designed to connect people of all ages to the ocean and inspire them to become better stewards. These programs are delivered …

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Mystic Aquarium Teen Marine Debris Initiative – 2013

Raise awareness about marine debris and preserving marine resources among teen audiences through hands-on participation in a student-led and student-driven workshop for regional high schools students in Connecticut. Project Abstract Mystic Aquarium will partner with Maritime Aquarium and regional high schools to raise the issue of marine debris among teen audiences and seek their help in preserving marine resources. will …

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Florida Lobster Fishery Research Converted to Public Information – 2013

The objective of this project is to convert data from a 10 year research program that examined the environmental impacts of lost traps from the lobster fishery in South Florida by converting research data into public knowledge that is comprehensible and provides opportunities to reduce debris. Project Abstract This project converts 10 years of research data into publicly available and …

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Marine Debris Outreach for Norwegian Cruise Lines in Hawaii – 2006

Provide an outreach and education display on three cruise ships with the leading cruise line in Hawaii; Norwegian Cruise Lines. Project Abstract Project aimed to gain an environmentally conscious cruise industry partner, enhance crew members’ understanding of the threats of marine debris, and raise awareness to the public to create a more informed population who will be supportive of legislation …

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Derelict Fishing Gear Mapping and Removal in the Main Hawaiian Islands – 2008

Survey and remove derelict fishing gear (DFG) from coastlines along the main Hawaiian Islands through aerial surveys/mapping and subsequent removal of DFG from target areas with elevated concentrations of this debris. Project Abstract This project, coordinated by the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) built upon previously funded efforts in 2005-2006 to map the regional distribution of derelict fishing gear …

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Volunteer Marine Debris Removal at Condado Lagoon, San Juan Puerto Rico – 2013

The objective of this project is to remove marine debris from Condado Lagoon as well as provide prevention, outreach, education activities to prevent marine debris from returning to the Lagoon. Project Abstract This project will remove approximately two tons of marine debris from Condado Lagoon as well as provide prevention, outreach, education activities to prevent marine debris from returning to …

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Derelict Fishing Gear Removal in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary – 2007

Remove derelict fishing gear and monitor re-accumulation in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) Project Abstract The SeaDoc Society established the California Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project in July 2005. This project was an extension of those initial efforts. The project goal was to build upon the infrastructure and methodologies for derelict fishing gear removal already developed to remove …

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Miami-Dade County Baynanza Marine Debris Prevention and Removal – 2007

Locate, identify, and remove marine debris from Biscayne Bay and Card Sound Road in Miami, Florida by the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) and its network of community volunteers and professional contractors. Project Abstract The Miami-Dade County “Baynanza” Bulky Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Program aimed to expand the scope of Miami-Dade County’s annual “Baynanza” celebration to facilitate the …

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Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastic

Plastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’. This study summarizes the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effect of marine plastics debris and microplastics.

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Understanding Impacts of Microplastics on Eastern Oysters

Understanding Impacts of Microplastics on Eastern Oysters Microplastics can cause direct damage to marine biota, absorb hazardous chemical contaminants, and bio-accumulate in benthic invertebrates and fish destined for human consumption. Preliminary research at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has demonstrated that microplastics are prevalent in the nGoM but the potential impacts on key marine resources, due to transported hazardous chemicals, …

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Impact Assessment of Derelict Crab Pots in Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay – 2007

Conduct ground-truthed sonar survey to estimate derelict trap abundance and conduct field experiment to estimate impact on a per trap basis.   Project Abstract The 2007 project built on previous efforts that identified significant derelict trap densities in the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay (MDCB).  This study implemented a side-scan sonar survey, using ground truthing by controlled detection testing and …

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Testing of Gear Modification for Blue Crab Traps in the Chesapeake Bay – 2007

Develop and test gear modifications for blue crab traps in the Chesapeake Bay to reduce mortality Project Abstract The project, conducted by researchers at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science, developed and tested gear modifications on blue crab traps in the Chesapeake Bay to ultimately reduce fish and shellfish mortality should traps become derelict. Specifically, the project aimed to: Develop …

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Impacts of Ghost Fishing to the American Lobster Fishery in Massachusetts – 2009

Assess mortality of lobsters and other marine species due to ‘ghost fishing’ and document resource impacts.   Project Abstract This project aimed to quantify the biological and economic costs of derelict lobster traps in Massachusetts waters. Major goals will include determining lobster mortality rates in ghost-fishing traps, determining degradation rates of ghost-fishing lobster traps (especially of the escape panels), and …

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