Marine Debris NEWS: November 2015

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November 2015 Keep the Sea Free of Debris!

2015 NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest winner, Samantha C.,
(Grade 6, Michigan)

In This Issue

Marine Debris Art Contest
Looking Back and Planning Forward
From the Blog
Upcoming Events

NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest

Ready, set, draw! Grab your kids, art supplies, and spread the word about marine debris, of course! The NOAA Marine Debris Program’s annual Art Contest for grades K-8 is now open!

Students can submit artwork from

October 20th through November 30th.

This year, show the NOAA Marine Debris Program:

  • How marine debris impacts the oceans and the Great Lakes.
  • What you are doing to help prevent marine debris.

To help raise marine debris awareness year-round, we will feature contest winners in our 2017 Marine Debris Calendar to remind everyone that we can solve the marine debris problem every day!

For a complete list of contest rules and to download the student entry form and art contest flyer visit our Art Contest page online:

Need some inspiration? Here’s a look at some of our past winners on Flickr!

For questions, please contact Asma Mahdi at asma.mahdi

NOAA Marine Debris Program Efforts:

Looking Back and Planning Forward

Volunteers with Salem Sound Coastwatch participate in a marine debris service learning project as part of a NOAA Marine Debris Program prevention through outreach and education grant effort. Photo credit: Salem Sound Coast Watch

2015 Accomplishments Report

Finding marine debris solutions is an everyday task for the NOAA Marine Debris Program. This year the program made great strides towards addressing and raising awareness about the global debris issue.

Here’s a look at a few highlights and some major accomplishments from this past year.

2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan

Since the inception of the NOAA Marine Debris Program in 2006, we have strived to help find solutions to the marine debris problem through research, removal and prevention efforts. Moving into our tenth year as a program, we have refined our vision and set out a strategic plan that will target our efforts to solve the immense problem of marine debris.

Visit our website, to take a look at our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan to see some of our goals for the future.

Derelict houseboat removals in New Jersey.
Three Years Since Sandy

October 29th marked the third anniversary of Sandy’s landfall in the mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Sandy resulted in severe damage to many communities, leaving a swath of destruction and large amounts of debris in coastal waters and marshes. Read the complete blog and learn more about our Sandy efforts, but clicking here.

Highlight: Marine Debris Efforts on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands


Construction debris removal after typhoon Soudelor.

Photo credit: Mariana Islands Nature Alliance

The Mariana Islands Nature Alliance, a nonprofit organization located in Saipan, continues to work with the NOAA Marine Debris Program through their Removal Grant to conduct beach cleanups and develop a targeted education and outreach campaign for an "Island Culture of Recycling." Even with limited electricity and water post-typhoon Soudelor, they have conducted 17 cleanups, recruited 121 volunteers, and collected 13,123 pounds of marine debris!


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Upcoming Cleanup Events

11/6, 11/7, 11/13, 11/18, 11/20, 11/25

Various Days

Puget Soundkeeper

10 AM

Seattle, WA

11/7, 11/14

Clean Ocean Access

Various locations

Rhode Island


Corlears Hook Park

10AM – 1PM Manhattan, NY

11/11, 11/14, 11/27

Save the Bay

Various locations

Rhode Island


Kailua Community Beautification Project


Kailua, HI

11/14, 11/15

The North Coast Environmental Center


Northern California

Humboldt & Del Norte, CA


Alliance for the Great Lakes


Norton Shores, MI


Jenness Beach Cleanup

Rye, NH


Simeone Park

9AM – 11AM

Queens, NY


Mauna Lahilahi Cleanup


Waianae, HI


Heal the Bay

10AM – Noon

Southern California

Playa del Rey, CA

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