Another year has come and gone and we like to take this time to look back on the past year and look forward to the next. Not only was 2016 the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s ten-year anniversary, but this past year also saw over 44,500 students involved in marine debris education and outreach and over 1,775 tons of debris removed from our shores! Check out our 2016 Accomplishments Report for more on what we’ve achieved this past year. Looking to 2017, we’re excited for the year ahead and we hope you are too! We resolve to continue our fight against marine debris and to strengthen our efforts by supporting 14 projects to remove debris and 12 to prevent it, all of which are in the beginning stages this year. Keep your eye on our blog and website as we work on that resolution throughout the year!
What are your resolutions? There are many efforts we can all resolve to make to get our ocean off to a good start in 2017. 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 2017 this New Year’s Eve. Let’s work together to make this next year the best it can be for ourselves and the ocean we rely on.
Happy New Year from the NOAA Marine Debris Program!