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Derelict and Dangerous: When Vessels Become Marine Debris

When thinking about marine debris, you may picture trash in the ocean — plastic bottles, food wrappers, bags, and other everyday and single-use items that we come into contact with in our everyday life. However, the marine debris problem is much bigger than just our trash, especially when it comes to abandoned and derelict vessels.

A derelict vessel on a reef.
Last updated Tuesday, January 3, 2023 3:14pm PST