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Marine debris efforts in California

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By: NOAA Marine Debris Program staff

California spans 1,100 miles of coastline featuring diverse marine life and habitat. From the coastal mountains that stretch from the Oregon border south to Santa Barbara to the iconic sunny beaches of southern California, there’s something for everyone.

Marine debris in the region is as diverse as the local flora and fauna. From large amounts ​of ​consumer debris that wash ashore during the “First Flush”, the first post-summer rain storm that carries debris onto southern California’s beaches, to abandoned fishing gear that can impact marine species offshore, debris is no stranger to local residents and visitors. Through research, removal​,​ and prevention projects, the NOAA Marine Debris Program works with local partners to keep coastal waters clean and better understand its impacts ​on the marine environment.

Learn more about all the program’s efforts in the state by visiting our California regional page.

 

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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