Marine debris takes on many different forms — from bottle caps and balloons to lost crab pots and other fishing gear. Marine debris is not only unsightly, it is hazardous to fish, wildlife and humans. Because of its widespread scope, it’s not a problem the federation can face alone.
The federation teams up with coastal residents and visitors of all ages to reduce the amount of marine debris along the North Carolina coast. When we restore a salt marsh by removing trash during volunteer cleanups, inspire action through in-the-estuary education or work with local fishermen for our annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, our impact is greater because we collaborate with others.
In addition to our cleanup and crab pot programs, the federation will begin to develop a comprehensive marine debris strategy for the entire coast. We will build a network of partners and community groups to ramp up our efforts and streamline a coastwide marine debris program. This will help pave the way in reducing marine debris by creating long-term reduction plans for the state.