It is becoming all too common to find marine debris on our beaches - from tiny microplastics to larger scale items, such as rope or net pieces that become tangled and lodged in the sand. It is a sad sight to see for many of us that live near the coast. Not only does marine debris take away from the beauty of our beaches, it can also be harmful to marine organisms that either ingest this rubbish or get caught in it. Sometimes it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of ridding our oceans and beaches of this human caused disaster, however the NOAA Marine Debris Program is offering a a grant opportunity for marine debris removal for 2022. See the statement from NOAA below:
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"The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce our FY 2022 Marine Debris Removal notice of funding opportunity.
Projects awarded through the removal grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear, abandoned and derelict vessels, and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts. NOAA will also fund projects in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border regions, subject to additional eligibility criteria.
The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission period for removal projects will extend from August 2 to September 24, 2021. Applicants who submit successful LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal following the LOI review period. The Marine Debris Program will host an applicant webinar later this year, providing an overview of the process and materials required for submitting a full application. More information will be posted on the Marine Debris Program website later this summer or fall.