The NOAA Marine Debris Program announced this week that $967,000 was given to support marine debris prevention and removal projects along the coast. Eleven groups across the country received funding to remove debris from shorelines and coastal waters.
“Marine debris plagues coastlines all over the country, and these communities have the expertise and motivation to address it,” said Nancy Wallace, Marine Debris Program director. “We are proud to support them as they work to mitigate impacts and address the damage marine debris has caused.”
In addition to current efforts to remove debris along the Grays Harbor coast already underway, the program will fund an effort to remove derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound and surrounding marine waters.
The projects were chosen from a pool of 46 applications. The combined request from all applications totaled nearly $5 million. Through this program, NOAA has funded 76 projects and removed more than 3,800 metric tons of debris.
NOAA is now accepting applications for the next funding cycle and applications are due November 1, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/marinedebris.html.