By: NOAA Marine Debris Program staff
New year, new legislation.
Before the end of 2012, President Obama signed legislation reauthorizing the NOAA Marine Debris Program [PDF] and its mission to address the harmful impacts of marine debris on the United States. The program, housed within NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, was originally created in 2006 by the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act.
“The NOAA Marine Debris Program’s mandates remain the same: to identify, determine sources of, assess, prevent, reduce, and remove debris [while continuing to conduct outreach and education]. However, Congress has given the program a new function, to address “severe marine debris events,” defined as “atypically large amounts of marine debris” caused by natural disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes.” Read more