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 2013:
The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) was busy once again in 2013, working hard to further our mission of preventing the adverse impacts of marine debris. This year was the first of our Prevention through Education and Outreach competitive grants, focusing on preventing marine debris by reaching out to students and communities. During this first year, we funded eight prevention projects.
This year also marked our first research grant competition, focusing on learning more about the issue so we can better address it in the future. Three research projects were funded. As these initial funded projects wrap up (keep an eye on our blog for some of the general results!), we’re gearing up for our next research grant competition. Proposals are currently being accepted until December 19th. Check out our Funding Opportunities webpage for more details.
The MDP was also hard at work in 2013 addressing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. With the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, Congress provided the MDP with $4.75 million to locate and remove the marine debris generated by the storm.
Not only was the MDP busy with competitive grants and Hurricane Sandy debris, but we also put out some pretty useful products! The Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment: Recommendations for Monitoring Debris Trends in the Marine Environment report was published and the Marine Debris Clearinghouse was launched, giving information on all of our funded projects!
Keep an eye on our blog throughout the year to learn about more of the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s accomplishments over the past decade.