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Now Available: New Tools for Collecting and Exploring Marine Debris Data

NOV. 21, 2022 — On Nov. 3, the NOAA Marine Debris Program released an updated toolbox of materials to help assess marine debris on shorelines through NOAA’s Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP).

Pictures of a survey guide.
An updated MDMAP Shoreline Survey Guide and other Monitoring Toolbox materials were released this year. Image credit: NOAA.

Through MDMAP, partners and volunteers around the world survey and record the amount and types of marine debris on shorelines, answering questions like How much marine debris is on our shores? What kind of debris is it, and where does it come from? Are these things changing over time?

The updated Monitoring Toolbox is a collection of resources to support volunteers in conducting surveys and using the data they collect, including:

If you are interested in joining the network of MDMAP volunteers, watch the introduction video on our website to get started surveying a shoreline near you. At any point, reach out to project staff at with questions. 

Last updated Thursday, June 8, 2023 3:58pm PDT