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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 Ship David Starr Jordan
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NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan was built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in 1964 and commissioned in San Diego, California, in 1966. The ship was designed and built for the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, which later...
NOAA Ship Discoverer underway
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NOAA Ship Discoverer was built by Aerojet-General Shipyards in Jacksonville, Florida. Commissioned on April 29, 1967, the ship mainly conducted oceanographic research. The ship normally operated in the Pacific Ocean and its...
NOAA Ship Chapman
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NOAA Ship Chapman conducted fishery and marine resource research supporting the research the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's Pascagoula Laboratory in Mississippi. The ship collected fish and crustacean...
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Mailing Address NOAA Ship Fairweather1010 Stedman StreetKetchikan, AK 99901NOAA.Ship.Fairweather@noaa.gov Phone in Port U.S. Coast Guard Facility, Ketchikan, AK 907-228-0381, 0382 (Voice) Marine Operations Center-...
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NOAA Ship Fairweather is a hydrographic survey vessel whose primary mission is to map coastal waters to update nautical charts. In addition to supporting marine navigation, Fairweather’s data is also used...
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Mailing Address NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler Box 638 New Castle, NH 03854NOAA.Ship.Ferdinand.Hassler@noaa.gov Phone in Port 603-431-4500 Cellular 603-812-8748 (Ship) 240-687-4602 (CO) 757-375-5012 (OOD) Phone at...
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