Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Marine Debris Isn’t Always Small And Easily Removed


When most people think about marine debris, they usually think of small bits of plastic or fishing nets.

A lot of times, though, those bits of debris can be a lot bigger, as in actual boats themselves washed up on beaches after major storms, and disposing of them can be a real hassle.

To that end, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program has been hosting a series of webinars this year called “Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels.”

According to NOAA’s Marine Debris Program:

“Each month’s webinar features experts on a topic related to abandoned and derelict vessels. The goal of the series is to share perspectives from across the country on common issues arising from abandoned and derelict vessels, in hopes to help communities better deal with them. The webinar speakers are specialists from federal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; universities; and industry, and will discuss topics about communications, funding, policy, and successes and challenges under blue skies and hurricane conditions.”

This month’s webinar, “During Fair Winds and Following Seas,” will focus on innovative policies and programs to address chronic “blue sky” abandoned and derelict vessel issues.

The webinar will take place at 3:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

For more info, go to

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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