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200-year old wooden-hulled vessel discovered during a NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer mission in the Gulf of Mexico
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What is marine debris?

Our oceans are filled with items that do not belong there. Huge amounts of consumer plastics, metals, rubber, paper, textiles, derelict fishing gear, vessels, and other lost or discarded items enter the marine environment every day, making marine debris one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's oceans and waterways.

Marine debris is defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes. Learn more about marine debris and find out how to prevent it.

NOAA divers from the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center diving unit have been working since 1996 to remove marine debris, specifically derelict fishing gear, from the Hawaiian Archipelago. Every year they set out on the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai to survey vast swaths of coast line and coral habitat to collect tons of the derelict fishing gear. Read more about why this is important and what they have collected so far on the NOAA Fisheries website.

NOAA Divers wearing dry suits after a working dive in Alaska
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The Unit Diving Supervisor has a crucial role within the NOAA Diving Program. Unit Diving Supervisors (UDSs) must make decisions about all diving related activities at their unit: when dives occur, how the dives are executed...
NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division team aboard the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai
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Safety is the number one priority of all dives at NOAA. The NOAA Diving Program has well established policies and procedures to ensure divers conduct underwater operations safely. Safe diving encompasses a process that...
Diving students inside a pool using dry suits.
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The NOAA Diving Program (NDP) provides training primarily to NOAA employees that are authorized by their supervisors to dive as part of their job description. However, NDP also welcomes federal, state, and local government...
NOAA Reciprocity Diver collecting photos
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NOAA divers often work with other partners during diving missions to increase the scope and impact of their efforts. NOAA divers may only work with partners that have “reciprocity” agreements in place with the NOAA Diving...
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The NOAA Diving Program is currently comprised of 33 units and 34 sub-units.  Each one of the divers in these units and sub-units, from the Northeast Fisheries Science Centers to the National Marine Sanctuary of American...

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