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Please contact your Representative today and urge them to support the passage of the Save Our Seas Act.

Marine debris (plastic and other garbage in our oceans) is a huge and growing problem. Marine debris is estimated to kill millions of seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year. In all, 270 ocean species are affected by entanglement or ingestion by the roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic that ends up in our oceans each year.

Since 2006, NOAA has been running a Marine Debris Program in partnership with the Coast Guard. This program uses research, engagement and education to better understand the problem, and to prevent it by changing human behaviors. The program also ventures out into the ocean to remove existing marine debris, reclaiming destructive fishing gear, and other garbage.

In the current Congress, the Save Our Seas Act passed the Senate (S.756) on August 3, 2017, and a companion bill in the House of Representatives was introduced (H.R.2748). If passed, this bill would:

  • allow NOAA to declare severe marine debris events and authorize funds to assist with cleanup and response;
  • reauthorize NOAA’s office of Response and Restoration’s Marine Debris Program through FY2022 which works to identify sources of marine debris and take action to prevent it;
  • urge the administration to become more involved in the issue;
  • encourage the administration to work with countries which produce large amounts of marine debris.

Many ocean champions in Congress have stepped up to cosponsor this bill, but we need your help to strengthen the bipartisan support in Congress to make sure this bill passes.

Please contact your Representative today and urge them to support the passage of this bill.