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Lagoon Keepers Battle the Status Quo: ADVs in Palm Beach County Florida

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By: Sarah Latshaw

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA — On average, LagoonKeepers.org removes one abandoned and derelict vessel each month, which is merely keeping pace with the number of vessels that become abandoned or derelict in local waterways.

With support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Community-based marine Debris Removal Grant, LagoonKeepers.org is on course to remove 31 Abandoned and Derelict Vessels by June 2016. That is approximately 310 tons of debris. After removal, the vessels are either salvaged or broken down and disposed of in a pre-approved landfill, per local requirements and environmental regulations. This removal will improve the marine environment and benefit the diverse wildlife in this area.

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Read more about this project on the NOAA MDP Website: Derelict Vessel Removal in Florida’s Palm Beach County

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.

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