RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Teams of academics and other partners are leading marine debris research that answers questions about marine debris types, impacts, and solutions in the Pacific Islands. Research papers, reports, and other technical publications are available below.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program has developed standardized, statistically valid methodologies for conducting rapid assessments of the debris material type and quantity present in a monitored location. The monitoring guidelines in this document focus on abundance, types, and concentration on shorelines, in surface waters, during visual surveys at sea, and in the benthos.
The purpose of this project was to quantify microplastic loads at single sites on selected beaches at a continental scale to better understand microplastic distribution. Six sites were sampled in the Great Lakes Region.
Marine debris is a pervasive pollution problem that impacts all corners of the globe. Sometimes, debris ends up in places that require innovative thinking in order to remove. Check out some of these projects that implemented unique or developed best management practices for removing debris from the environment.