Friday, July 12, 2024

NOAA Seeks Nominees For Marine Debris Foundation Board Of Directors


The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking nominees to serve as members of the Marine Debris Foundation Board of Directors.

The board will consist of 12 directors plus the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, according to a notice published this week.

The Marine Debris Foundation was mandated by the “Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act” that congressional lawmakers passed last December, the notice states:

“The purposes of the Foundation include encouraging, accepting, and administering private gifts of property for the benefit of, or in connection with, the activities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the Marine Debris Act, 33 U.S.C. 1952, and other relevant agencies; conducting activities that will augment NOAA’s efforts to address marine debris; participating with and assisting other governments, entities, and individuals in addressing marine debris; and supporting other activities related to marine debris.”

Further, according to NOAA:

“The Board shall represent diverse points of view relating to the assessment, prevention, reduction, and removal of marine debris. Expertise is being sought in the following categories: (1) The assessment, prevention, reduction, or removal of marine debris, which may include an individual with expertise in post-consumer materials management or a circular economy; (2) the assessment, prevention, reduction, or removal of marine debris outside the United States; (3) ocean and coastal resource conservation science or policy; (4) international perspectives on marine debris, including expertise in trade agreements, treaties, or foreign policy; and (5) fundraising and nonprofit management.”

For more information on the board’s responsibilities and how to apply, 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.