The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced the recipients of the 2021 Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grant awards.
The awards — to 25 recipients — total approximately US$7.3 million (~€6.2 million) in federal funds.
Non-federal contributions matched that money, bringing the total amount of these marine debris projects to approximately $14.7 million (~€12.4 million), according to NOAA:
“The Marine Debris Program offers nationwide competitive funding opportunities for projects that improve ecological resources through researching and removing marine debris. This year, the Marine Debris Program also provided funding for projects that prevent and remove marine debris in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border areas.
“These projects will improve habitats and other ecological resources, and help build a foundation of knowledge and resources to change behaviors, raise awareness, and promote the long-term prevention of marine debris. The Marine Debris Program is proud to support impactful, community-driven, and cost-effective projects.”
For the full list of project awardees, go to noaa.gov.