Sea History 156 - Autumn 2016

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What can YOU do? First, do what you can in our own home to reduce the amount of waste you and your family produce. Recycle. Bug your parents if they don't agree. Take your own tote bags to the grocery store or other shopping excursions; fill your reusable water bottle from home-don't buy plastic disposable bottles. Be careful with your garbage and, when you are outside, pick up garbage you see and dispose of it properly. When you are buying products of all kinds, look at the materials they are made from and decide if an alternative might be a better choice. While NOAA is taking care of deep-ocean marine debris removal, it also organizes local projects where volunteers and NOAA personnel work together to remove litter and garbage from coastal areas and monitor the amount of debris they find there. NOAA also funds grants to help communities tackle more in-depth programs working towards this goal. You can find out about what is happening in your community online at and clicking on "In Your Region" at the top of the homepage. In a single month in 2 014, a team of seventeen NOAA divers removed approximately 57 tons of derelict fishing nets and plastic Litter from the waters and tiny islands northwest of Hawaii. Among the debris they collected were 7,436 hard plastic fragments, 3,758 bottle caps, 1,469 plastic beverage bottles, and 477 Lighters and an I I-ton "super net. " NOAA sends out teams to remove marine debris from this region every year.

Each year, tons of plastics and other litter are tossed into rivers, left on beaches, or dumped overboard from recreational and commercial v811811. Litter not only looks bad, but can put people and wildlife in danger. Marine debris can last a long time. Let's keep our oceans and beaches safe and beautiful. Do your part to prevent trash from becoming marine debris. For more Information, visit: