The end of 2015 is fast approaching and 2016 is on the near horizon. At this time, we like to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next.
In 2015, the NOAA Marine Debris Program accomplished many things that we are quite proud of. This includes the removal of many tons of marine debris and the prevention of more such litter through our numerous education and outreach efforts. Check out our Accomplishments Report for more on some of our work over the past year.
As we move into 2016, we’re thinking about our goals for this coming year. We resolve to continue in our fight against marine debris and strengthen our efforts by supporting 13 new removal projects that are in the beginning stages this year. In addition, we aim to continue our efforts to prevent marine debris by working to educate the public about this important issue. We are looking forward to continued work on existing projects, as well as the beginning of 13 newly supported prevention projects. This year also marks the implementation of our new strategic plan, which will focus and strengthen our program’s efforts and which we are very excited about.
What are your resolutions? There are many efforts we can all resolve to make to get our ocean off to a good start in 2016. Be aware of how your actions contribute to marine debris. Reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. If you’d like to become more active this year, consider getting involved in a cleanup event in your area— it gets you outside, is a good place to meet other like-minded people, and helps keep our ocean clean. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for monthly updates on event locations.
Keep the environment in mind as you ring in 2016 this New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year from the NOAA Marine Debris Program!