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Ten Years of the NOAA Marine Debris Program: 2007


The NOAA Marine Debris Program 10 year anniversary identity marker.

This year marks the ten year anniversary of the NOAA Marine Debris Program and we will be celebrating throughout the year! As part of our celebration, we will be looking back on our accomplishments over the years (check out our timeline for a review of the past decade!). Let’s take a look back to 2007:


Although it was only the second official year of the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP), 2007 saw the MDP hard at work.

Focusing on the ultimate solution— prevention— the MDP published our first education curriculum, Turning the Tide on Trash. This is a resource that many educators still find useful today and can be downloaded for free from our website.

The cover of "Turning the Tide on Trash."

“Turning the Tide on Trash,” the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s first education curriculum, was published in 2007. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

Sadly, just focusing on prevention is not enough and so the MDP must focus on removing existing marine debris as well. Each year, the program participates in removing up to 50 tons of debris from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and 2007 was no different. Efforts continued toward NOAA’s annual mission to remove derelict nets and other debris from the sensitive habitats found in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, efforts which began in 2001.

People in a small boat and in the water hauling derelict nets into the boat.

Removing derelict nets from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

To expand our understanding of marine debris and its impacts and address the problem in the Chesapeake Bay, the MDP funded impact assessment, recovery, and prevention efforts focusing on derelict fishing gear in 2007. The results were later detailed in the report, “Quantifying the Effects of Derelict Fishing Gear in the Maryland Portion of the Chesapeake Bay from 2006 – 2009.”

A man on a boat with a derelict crab trap.

A derelict crab trap from the Chesapeake Bay. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

It’s hard to believe that these efforts were so long ago! Keep an eye on our blog to learn about more of the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s accomplishments over the past ten years.

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 “Ten Years of the NOAA Marine Debris Program: 2007

  1. How can I get a copy of the curriculum guide? How can I actually go out with a NOAA crew? I currently live on Marco Island Florida. Thank you for your time and consideration of my requests. Kenneth S. Ridlon CFMN

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