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Removing Debris from New York’s Jamaica Bay


By: Leah Henry

The American Littoral Society (ALS), as part of a Community-based Marine Debris Removal grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, is removing debris from 22 acres of salt marsh, salt meadow, and mud flats with the help of 1,600 volunteers. These removal efforts aim to improve essential fish habitat and help prevent future marine debris accumulation.

In addition to removal efforts, ALS is developing more compelling ways to present the data they collect, creating a marine debris reduction outreach program for communities directly contributing to litter, and implementing a marine debris reduction certification program to incentivize debris reduction in local waterways.

Learn more about this effort on the MDP website.


Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

2 thoughts on “Removing Debris from New York’s Jamaica Bay

  1. Isn’t Jamaica Bay a bird preserve as well? Or at least, an informal one? I planned to go there to check it out a while back but ran out of time in NYC… RH

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