A few updates on marine debris resources now available and planning efforts underway in the Gulf of Mexico:
After a successful Abandoned and Derelict Vessel (ADV) workshop at the DRC in April 2015, NOAA's Marine Debris Program has launched its ADV InfoHub web page. This online resource features a clickable map with information on state-specific ADV laws, programs, and case studies. In an effort to increase regional preparedness, NOAA's Marine Debris Program is currently working with partners in the state of Florida to create a marine debris response plan. This plan will outline agency roles, responsibilities, and capabilities when marine debris is the result of a natural disaster or requires urgent action. A similar state emergency debris plan already has been released for Alabama. Lastly, the 2016 Marine Debris Calendars featuring K-8th grade art contest winners are now available. Please email NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Marine Debris Regional Coordinator, Kim Albins, to receive a copy.