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Marine Debris in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean

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Cigarette butts, grocery bags, scraps of fishing nets, foam coffee cups, fast food containers, soda bottles, rope, six-pack rings, balloons and balloon ribbons are some of the types of materials that can be found floating in the ocean. And, as the coastal population has risen and society has turned from degradable natural materials to synthetic ones, the trash problem in the ocean has gotten worse. The primary sources of ocean debris include storm sewers, illegal dumping, littering, balloon releases, commercial and recreational boats, and commercial shipping.

Debris is a problem for a number of reasons:

Find out how to participate in the National Marine Debris Monitoring Program, a joint effort of EPA and the Ocean Conservancy. This program has been designed to scientifically determine whether marine debris is increasing or decreasing along our nation's coastlines and identify the major sources of the debris.

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