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  1. The State of Marine Debris Efforts in North Carolina: An Assessment Setting the stage for development of a marine debris reduction, prevention and removal plan for the North Carolina coast.

  2. Mission: To empower coastal residents & visitors from all walks of life to protect and restore the water quality and critically important natural habitats of the NC coast. • Our Approach • We Collaborate • We Advocate • We Restore and Protect • We Educate • We Inform

  3. N.C. Coastal Federation Strategy in 2017: Coastal environment is free of marine debris. • Marine debris takes on many different forms — from bottle caps and balloons to lost crab pots and other fishing gear. • Marine debris is not only unsightly, it is hazardous to fish, wildlife and humans. • With its widespread scope, marine debris is not a problem the federation can face alone.

  4. NOAA Funded Projects in North Carolina AquaDebris: Site restoration and habitat recovery assessment of shellfish aquaculture in North Carolina Lead: N.C. Coastal Federation Removal Funding (FY17) Using Unmanned Aerial Systems to Inform Marine Debris Removal Strategies and Monitor Habitat Recovery in the Rachel Carson Reserve Lead: N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve Removal Funding (FY16) Developing Fishermen-led Crab Pot Recovery Program in NC Lead: N.C. Coastal Federation Removal Funding (FY 15)

  5. Other Statewide Strategic Marine Debris Efforts: • Florida • Great Lakes • Oregon • Virginia • Hawaii

  6. Initial Stakeholders Lisa Rider – Keep Onslow Beautiful, N.C. Marine Debris Symposium Gloria Putnam – N.C. Sea Grant Paula Gillikin – N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve Sara Hallas, Rachel Bisesi, Jessica Gray – N.C. Coastal Federation

  7. North Carolina Incident Waterway Debris Response Guide: Comprehensive Guidance Document By collaborating with local, state, and federal entities active in the region, this guide aims to facilitate a more timely and effective response to waterway debris incidents in North Carolina.

  8. General Timeline • Objective 1: Complete an assessment of marine debris in North Carolina • Complete the N.C. assessment this fall, after the NCMDS and survey feedback is evaluated • Objective 2: Develop a coastwide marine debris strategy • Through Strategy workshop planning meetings in early 2018, develop a Coast-wide Marine Debris Reduction Strategy/Plan • Present a draft plan at 2018 NC Marine Debris Symposium to refine this document

  9. The State of Marine Debris in North Carolina: An Assessment Objective 1: Complete an assessment of the state of marine debris in North Carolina as a pre-cursor to the development of a coast-wide marine debris reduction strategy/plan. Marine Debris of Concern in North Carolina: i. Consumer debris ii. Lost Fishing Gear –Include aquaculture iii. Abandoned and Derelict vessels – Brunswick Co. adopted an ordinance iv. Storm debris – Including vegetative debris v. Unmaintained structures –Docks, bulkheads, etc.

  10. The State of Marine Debris in North Carolina: An Assessment The goals of this N.C. coast assessment and inventory project are to: • Understand the problem of marine debris on the N.C. coast • Understand the types and quantities of marine debris • Understand the threats from different types of marine debris • Identify organizations that are involved with all aspects of marine debris • Assemble a team of stakeholders that will lead the development of a marine debris action plan for North Carolina’s coast

  11. Marine Debris Survey A survey was published on August 14th to gather information in an effort to develop a marine debris reduction strategy for the state.