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Marine Debris

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet Marine Debris Program Chief Scientist Amy Uhrin

Posted Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:33

This is the seventh in a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s profile is on Marine Debris Program Chief Scientist Amy Uhrin.

7 Ways OR&R Keeps Shorelines Green and Waters Blue

Posted Sun, 04/22/2018 - 12:59

Earth Day dates back to 1970, when Senator Gaylord Nelson implemented it as a day to recognize the need for environmental protection. That same year in December, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration gained its first recognition in environmental issues six years later when the Argo Merchant tanker vessel grounded near Nantucket Shoals in Massachusetts, spilling nearly 8 million gallons of oil ... 

Evaluating the Ecosystem Service Benefits of Marine Debris Removal

Posted Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:46
By Amanda Laverty, Office of Response and Restoration Marine Debris Program

Marine debris and plastic pollution first appeared in scientific literature in the 1970s, and have since become highly published topics. Debris can be found in a variety of marine environments — from coasts and remote beaches, to Arctic and Antarctic regions — throughout the open ocean and all the way down to the deepest depths of the sea floor.

OR&R Lends a Hand in Campaign for a “Litter-Free Mardi Gras”

Posted Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:15
By Caitlin Wessel, Gulf of Mexico regional coordinator for OR&R’s Marine Debris Program

On Jan. 15, Mobile Baykeeper hosted a cleanup at One Mile Creek in Mobile, Alabama targeting debris originating from Mardi Gras celebrations and nearby communities. Caitlin Wessel, Gulf of Mexico regional coordinator for OR&R's Marine Debris Program attended, lending a hand (and a paddle) to the cleanup!

Our Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

Posted Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:59

Another year has come and gone, and we’re starting the new year off right with a list of resolutions to make this one as great (if not better) than the last.

With a record number of incident responses and ongoing pollution response to an above-average hurricane season, 2017 was a busy year. We accomplished quite a bit last year, and while we always hope the new year will bring fewer oil spills and disasters than the year before, it’s our job to be prepared for whatever 2018 throws our way.

The Minds Behind OR&R: Meet ‘Fellow’ Ocean Lover Amanda Laverty

Posted Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:33
By Emma Tonge, Marine Debris Program Communications and Outreach

This is the third in a 12-part monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s profile is on 2017 Sea Grant Knauss Fellow Amanda Laverty.

National Aquarium Helping Reduce Plastic Pollution

Posted Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:56
By Maggie Ostdahl, National Aquarium

This week, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration is looking at the impacts of pollutants on wildlife and endangered species. We’ll explore tools we’ve developed to map sensitive species and habitats, how marine debris endangers marine life, how restoring toxic waste sites improves the health of wildlife, and the creation of a mobile wildlife hospital.

How Marine Debris is Impacting Marine Animals and What You Can do About it……

Posted Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:08

This week, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration looks at the impacts of pollutants on wildlife and endangered species. We’ll explore tools we’ve developed to map sensitive species and habitats, how marine debris endangers marine life, how restoring toxic waste sites improves the health of wildlife, and the creation of a mobile wildlife hospital.

A Summer like NOAAther: A NOAA Intern’s Experience

Posted Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:49
By Danny Hoffman, Office of Response and Restoration intern

When I told my friends and family that I would be interning at NOAA this summer, the first reply I often got was “NOAA? Aren’t they the ones that do the weather report?”

I have to profess that as a government and history double major, my knowledge of NOAA did not extend much beyond that before starting my internship. When asked what I would be doing, I mostly rattled off phrases from the internship description posted, not knowing many more specifics.

Microplastics on National Park Beaches

Posted Fri, 06/30/2017 - 19:29

Microplastics are plastic pieces measuring less than five millimeters in size and in recent decades, there have been many studies that indicate a strong presence of this type of debris in marine and coastal environments.

Microplastics can come from a variety of sources. Some microplastics are manufactured at that small size as microbeads, found in products like toothpaste and facial scrubs, or pellets, which are used to make larger plastic items. Microfibers, another type of microplastic debris, come from synthetic items such as rope or clothing (like fleece).