Marine Debris Research Publications

Scientists from the Marine Debris Division of NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration frequently conduct research on various aspects surrounding marine debris, both within NOAA and with other agencies and partners. Below is a sampling of their publications, grouped by year.

To find more of the Marine Debris Division's scientific publications, you may want to check these sources:


Barnea, N. et al. "Proceedings of the Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Summary Meeting." U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS-OR&R 50, 53 p.

Arthur, C., A. Sutton-Grier, P. Murphy, and H. Bamford. "Out of sight but not out of mind: Harmful effects of derelict traps in selected U.S. coastal waters." Marine Pollution Bulletin. Available online 17 July 2014, ISSN 0025-326X,


Maselko, J., G. Bishop, et al. "Ghost Fishing in the Southeast Alaska Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33(2): 422-431.


Howell, E., S. Bograd, C. Morishige, M. Seki, and J. Polovina. "On North Pacific circulation and associated marine debris concentration." Marine Pollution Bulletin 62: 16-22.

Morishige, C. and K. McElwee. "At-sea detection of derelict fishing gear in the North Pacific: An overview." Marine Pollution Bulletin 65(1–3): 1-6.


Arthur, C., Baker, J., and Bamford, H., compilers. "Proceedings of the International Research Workshop on the Occurrence, Effects, and Fate of Microplastic Marine Debris." NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS-OR&R-30, 530 p.

Questions: Contact a NOAA Librarian with any questions about a publication.