NOAA Announces 2022 Grant Opportunity for Marine Debris Removal

The NOAA Marine Debris Program recently announced their FY 2022 Marine Debris Removal notice of funding opportunity. Projects awarded through the removal grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear, abandoned and derelict vessels, and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts. NOAA will also fund projects in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border regions, subject to additional eligibility criteria.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission period for removal projects will extend from August 2 to September 24, 2021. Applicants who submit successful LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal following the LOI review period. The Marine Debris Program will host an applicant webinar later this year, providing an overview of the process and materials required for submitting a full application. More information will be posted on the Marine Debris Program website later this summer or fall.