A Coast that is Free of Marine Debris
Marine debris can come from major storms, lost fishing gear, abandoned vessels or trash that gets left behind while people are enjoying our beautiful coast. This debris comes in all sizes from boats to microplastics, and all are dangerous to both wildlife and people. The Coastal Federation has a vision of a coast that is free of marine debris. We’re working diligently on a variety of fronts to clean up our coast and prevent new debris from entering the environment. We are continuing the implementation of the N.C. Marine Debris Action Plan that was released in 2020. We are collaborating with state and local partners to remove several unsightly vessels that have been abandoned and displaced from hurricanes. Microplastics are tiny but their potential to damage our environment is huge. So this year we’re taking a closer look to encourage important research on microplastics and organize an informational forum to connect scientific experts with local policy-makers. This is a new focus area for the federation and plan to advocate for environmental policies that take science into account.