Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment: Recommendations for Monitoring Debris Trends in the Marine Environment.
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Marine debris is defined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes (33 USC 1951 et seq. as amended by Title VI of Public Law 112-213). Marine debris has become one of the most recognized pollution problems in the world’s oceans and waterways today. In recent years, research efforts have significantly increased knowledge of the topic of marine debris. However, the field as a whole has not adopted standardized monitoring procedures or debris item categories. Standard methodology and reporting is necessary in order to compare marine debris source, abundance, distribution, movement, and impact data on regional, national, and global scales. The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) has developed standardized, statistically vali.....
PublisherNOAA Marine Debris Division
Silver Spring, MD
Series;NrNOAA Technical Memorandum; NOS-OR&R-46.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
CitationLippiatt, S.; Opfer, S. and Arthur, C. (201). Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment: Recommendations for Monitoring Debris Trends in the Marine Environment. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA Marine Debris Division, 82pp. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS-OR&R-46). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-727
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