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.
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.
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.”
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.