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Baby It’s Cold Outside, But Our Efforts Against Marine Debris Won’t Stop!

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Brrrr! It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean our efforts to reduce the impacts of marine debris should wane. There are still lots of things we can all do to help our ocean, even when winter has slowed things down.

Marine debris floating in water with snow-capped mountains in the background. (Photo Credit: Citizen JTMD Report, Alaska SeaLife Center)

(Photo Credit: Citizen JTMD Report, Alaska SeaLife Center)


A recycling bin with various materials to be recycled. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

(Photo Credit: NOAA)

1) Do your part to reduce, reuse, recycle:  As always, make sure to limit the amount of single-use plastic that you use. Reuse what you can: holiday gifts come with foam packaging? Re-used foam makes excellent extra insulation on areas that need it! Finally, make sure to recycle the plastics that you do use.





The home screen of the trash talk videos. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

(Photo Credit: NOAA)

2) Prevention is key:  Don’t feel like going outside to combat debris on your local shore? You can stay inside and contribute to one of the most important parts of fighting marine debris—prevention! Fighting marine debris in other ways is important, but preventing it is key. Without prevention, fighting marine debris would be like trying to mop up an overflowing sink before turning off the faucet! Spread the word about solutions to this issue. If you’re still in school or involved in teaching, incorporate one of our activities or curricula into your classroom. Use the activities demonstrated in our Trash Talk Webinar to discuss marine debris in your boy/girl scout troop. Watch our Trash Talk videos and talk about marine debris with your family. No matter how seemingly small, you can make a big difference.



A group of cleanup volunteers on a beach and holding bags of debris. (Photo Credit: American Littoral Society)

Shoreline cleanup volunteers. (Photo Credit: American Littoral Society)

3) You can still participate in beach cleanup events: There may be fewer cleanups occurring due to the cold weather in a lot of areas, but there are still opportunities to get involved. Subscribe to our Marine Debris Program e-newsletter to get the latest updates. In case you didn’t get it, the cleanups from our latest newsletter are listed below. Can’t make it to a listed cleanup? Organize your own and use the Marine Debris Tracker!





A table listing the upcoming cleanup events.

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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