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OLS Field Name OLS Field Data
Main Title National Marine Debris Monitoring Program, Lessons Learned.
CORP Author Sheavly Consultants, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.; Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Oceans and Coastal Protection Div.
Year Published 2010
Report Number EPA/842/R-10/001
Stock Number PB2010-108351
Additional Subjects Marine debris ; Water pollution ; Debris monitoring program ; Ocean waste disposal ; Ocean habitats ; Coastal wildlife ; Lessons learned
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2010-108351 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 01/13/2011
Collation 28p
Marine debris was defined in 1975 by the National Academy of Sciences as solid materials of human origin that are discarded at sea or reach the sea through waterways or through domestic and industrial outfalls. Marine debris has also been defined by some researchers as any manufactured or processed solid waste material (typically inert) that enters the ocean environment from any source and is one of the most pervasive and potentially solvable pollution problems plaguing the worlds oceans and waterways (Coe and Rogers, 1997). In the 2008 Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee report to Congress, the scope of marine debris was described as persistent solid man-made debris from both land-based and ocean-based sources and its adverse impacts on the marine environment and navigation safety in its review of the marine debris issue in the United States (NOAA, 2008). Marine debris can degrade ocean habitats, endanger marine and coastal wildlife, interfere with navigation, result in economic losses, and threaten human health and safety. The types of marine debris range from discarded convenience and fast-food packaging; beverage containers; cigarette filters; disposable lighters and packaging; storm sewer effluents; building materials; tires and car parts; 55-gallon drums; fishing line; lost and abandoned fishing nets; ropes; and fish and shellfish traps. Products that are consumed or used in daily activities create wastes that have the potential to become marine debris when not handled or disposed of properly.