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Marine Debris Program Announces 2019 Funding Opportunity for Removal Projects

AUG. 24, 2018 — On August 20, the Marine Debris Program announced its FY19 “Marine Debris Removal” federal funding opportunity.

This opportunity is part of a nationwide, competitive funding program that supports efforts to address the pervasive global problem of marine debris that can impact wildlife, navigation safety, human health, and the economy.

Projects awarded through the removal grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts. The submission period for removal proposals will extend from August 20 - October 29, 2018.

These projects will be selected through a rigorous and highly competitive merit review process, with awards announced in the summer. For more information on this FY19 grant opportunity, please visit and the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s website.

For additional questions on marine debris funding opportunities, please contact

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Last updated Friday, June 14, 2019 2:51pm PDT