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 marinedebris.noaa.gov.