Guam Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Campaign – 2007

Remove marine debris from coastal waters in Guam and promote education and outreach on marine debris

Project Abstract

The Micronesian Divers Association launched a two-pronged campaign to reduce marine debris in Guam’s coastal waters by facilitating removal activities at severely impacted reefs and adjacent rivers and expanding education and outreach activities begun by the Guam Marine Awareness Foundation, local Guam agencies, and the National Marine Fisheries Service Guam Field Office.

As of May 31, 2010, the Micronesian Divers Association (MDA) “Marine Cleanup Crew” (http://www.mdaguam.com/cleanupcrew) removed ~40,444 lbs of marine debris from various locations around Guam, recycling 23,614 lbs of that debris.  The MDA established partnerships with the Guam Coastal Management Program (GCMP) and Guam’s Environmental Education Committee (EEC) to expand outreach and education of local communities through various methods, including public service announcements, inclusion of local students and environmental clubs in cleanups, and exposure in popular magazines (Marine Drive Magazine).

NOAA Marine Debris Program Project

6/1/2007 to 3/1/2011

Status: Closed

Location: Pacific Islands, [Guam]

Latitude/Longitude: 13.458996, 144.789611