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NOAA Marine Debris Clearinghouse

Welcome to the NOAA Marine Debris Program Information Clearinghouse, an online resource empowering the marine debris community to discover, explore, and apply knowledge in their efforts to study and mitigate marine debris and its impacts.

Clearinghouse Content

Explore, Visualize & Download

This site houses information on the ongoing and historical marine debris projects of the NOAA Marine Debris Program and its many funded partners. The Marine Debris Clearinghouse allows users in the marine debris community to query and discover these projects based on the project category, location, or debris type through two distinct views:


The Explore view allows users to narrow their search by project category, date, debris type, project title, and region/territory. Go to the Explore view


The Visualize view provides an interactive Google ­map tool where a user can narrow their view by activity, debris type, funding year, and/or region. Projects can also be viewed in a timeline or tabular view. Go to the Visualize view



The Library pulls together resources and documents related to marine debris. This includes successful field techniques, regional action and response plans, relevant literature, and “topic papers” that reflect the state of knowledge of a given topic within the overall issue of marine debris. Go to the Library


The content on the Clearinghouse will be updated periodically as projects are completed and more information becomes available, so we'd encourage you to check back on your areas of interest. If you have questions or feedback on the site or its contents, please contact us at

Additional Marine Debris Program Resources

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Marine Debris Program Website

The Marine Debris Program website offers information on the issue as well as the Program and its efforts.

Marine Debris Program Blog

The Marine Debris Program Blog highlights current events, efforts, and topics within the marine debris community.

Marine Debris Monitoring Project

The Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MD-MAP) is an initiative to record and better understand debris quantity and composition.