Marine debris is 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. Marine debris can be small, like a cigarette butt tossed on the beach, or large, like an abandoned vessel. While marine debris is a global problem requiring international cooperation, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance can help address a broad range of issues and coordinate on the local, state, and regional scale to help alleviate negative impacts of marine debris.

The goal of this initiative is to assess, reduce, prevent, and eliminate marine debris and aquatic trash in the Gulf of Mexico and its watershed for the benefit of habitats, wildlife and fisheries, humans, and the Gulf economy.


Team Facilitator

  • Adriana Leiva (Chair) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Caitlin Wessel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Doug Jacobson, Environmental Protection Agency