Marine Debris Cross-Team

Marine Debris Cross-Team

A coordinated approach is required to address marine debris and its impacts on habitats, wildlife, and economies in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative works to address the issue of marine debris in the Gulf through prevention, research, and removal efforts. Specific actions include education and stewardship, assessing the impacts of marine debris, and supporting volunteer-led efforts to remove marine debris and litter.


Learn more about the Team’s focus areas and actions in the Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts.

cross-team initiative goals

  • The goal of this initiative is to assess, prevent, remove, and eliminate marine debris and litter in the Gulf of Mexico and its watersheds to enhance wildlife, fisheries, habitats, water resources, humans, and the Gulf economy

team leads

Caitlin Wessel, Facilitator (

Adriana Leiva, Facilitator (