Marine debris is everyone's problem. 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 ocean and waterways.
Since 2006, the NOAA Marine Debris Program has served as the U.S. Federal government's lead for addressing marine debris. Marine debris is a global problem, and it is an everyday problem. Although accumulations of debris, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are most famous, there is no part of the world left untouched by debris and its impacts. Marine debris is a threat to our environment, navigation safety, the economy, and potentially human safety and health.
Most of all, marine debris is preventable. Learn more about marine debris and find out how to stop the problem at its source at the NOAA Marine Debris Program's website.