Marine Debris Program Hosts Virtual New Jersey Emergency Response Guide Workshop Series
JANUARY 25, 2021 — On January 6 and 13, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program hosted a virtual two-part New Jersey Marine Debris Emergency Response Planning workshop as part of an ongoing project to help improve the preparedness of coastal states in their response to and recovery from acute marine debris incidents.
Forty-one people, representing federal and state agencies, attended and provided input and feedback for New Jersey’s new marine debris emergency response guide. During the two-part workshop series, participants verified agency roles and responsibilities, identified waterway debris response challenges, and shared content they would like to see in the response guide. Additionally, they were invited to comment on draft documents, such as a response map and flowchart, update contact information, and brainstorm recommended actions for challenges related to disaster-generated marine debris in New Jersey.
A draft guide for New Jersey is in progress and will include feedback captured from the recent virtual workshops, as well as updated contact information from participating agencies. Additional information about the Marine Debris Program’s current emergency response efforts is available here.