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New Jersey Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide

OCTOBER 18, 2021 ─ On October 14, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program released the New Jersey Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide: Comprehensive Guidance Document (Guide). The Guide is a product of a collaborative process with state and federal agencies.

The Guide aims to improve preparedness for response and recovery operations following any natural disaster or event that generates large amounts of marine debris in New Jersey. 

During natural disasters, large amounts of debris enter nearshore coastal waterways in a short period. Disaster-related debris can include abandoned and derelict vessels, construction and demolition debris, and household hazardous waste, among other types of debris. It can be a hazard to navigation, damage habitat, and pose pollution threats.

The New Jersey Marine Debris Emergency Response Guide outlines existing response structures at all levels of government to facilitate a coordinated and timely response to marine debris in New Jersey. It identifies organization roles and responsibilities and includes an overview of permitting and compliance requirements that must be met before marine debris removal work begins. 

The Guide serves as a complete reference for marine debris response in New Jersey. The accompanying Field Reference Guide includes the most pertinent information for quick reference in the field and during emergency response operations.

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Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:42pm PST