Marine Debris

Solid waste (e.g., garbage, trash, litter) in the world’s waters, and solid waste that accumulates on the shorelines of waterways, is known as marine debris. Marine debris has been recognized as a form of pollution for over 50 years and is often described as one of the most pervasive marine pollution problems because it is found from the most remote beach locations to the most visited beaches throughout the world. Debris may enter the water from vessels or from being washed off the land through stormwater, streams, and rivers. Marine debris is a concern for aesthetic, environmental, human and animal health, and safety reasons.

Dr. Jambeck authored Appendix E: Management of Waste and Derelict Fishing Gear in Tackling Marine Debris >>

Dr. Jambeck has worked with researchers at the University of New Hampshire, along with several partners, with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to conduct marine debris research.  Click to learn more >>

Dr. Jambeck is a research partner with UNH Cooperative Extension, Blue Ocean Society and Waste Management of New Hampshire for the Marine Debris to Energy Project funded by NOAA.  Click to learn more >>

Related Past Projects:

Marine Debris Identification, Removal and Prevention in New Hampshire and Southern Maine (sub-contract to Blue Ocean Society), NOAA, 2009-2011, 2 co-PIs, $118,401

Marine Debris from Land to Sea: Holistic Characterization, Reduction and Education Efforts in New Hampshire, NOAA, 2007-2009, 2 co-PIs, $60,000

An Integrated PDA-GPS Protocol for Marine Debris and Oil Spill Cleanup, Mitigation and Decision-making, NOAA, 2006-2007, 1 co-PI, $75,000

A Systematic Approach to Marine Debris Reduction Efforts and Education in New Hampshire, NOAA, 2006-2007, 1 co-PI, $42,000