>What is Marine Debris?

>The Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have defined “marine debris” for purposes of the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes. The Act (33 U.S.C. 1951–1958) was passed by congress in 2006 and makes permanent a Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Program within NOAA that intends to reduce and prevent the occurrence and adverse impacts of marine debris on the marine environment and navigation safety. The final rule comes into effect on October 5. 74 Fed. Reg. 45555.