Marine Debris Program Signs Five-Year Agreement with the National Park Service
JULY 13, 2020 — In June, the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the National Park Service (NPS) finalized a five-year agreement to support the development and installation of outreach and educational displays or exhibits in coastal National Parks.
The exhibits will support marine debris prevention efforts and seek to raise awareness about the sources and impacts of marine debris, as well as encourage individuals to take action. This project will help meet a new program requirement included in the reauthorization of the Marine Debris Act (Save Our Seas Act) of 2018 that directed the Marine Debris Program to develop outreach and education strategies with other Federal agencies to address the sources of marine debris.
The NPS manages 419 individual units covering more than 85 million acres in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. In 2018, the NPS received over 318 million recreation visits to their sites. The first three sites that will develop displays under this agreement include: Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio, and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska.
For more information about this project, contact MaryLee.Haughwout@noaa.gov.