Marine Litter – Addressed in New NOAA Strategic Plan

On January 19, 2021 NOAA released its Blue Economy Strategic Plan for 2021-2025, which aligns with several key agency initiatives, including the 2020 Federal Strategy for Addressing the Global Challenge of Marine Litter – The plan “… focuses on five sectors that NOAA will advance through agency-wide initiatives: marine transportation, ocean exploration, seafood competitiveness, tourism and recreation, and coastal resilience …” – The plan also aligns with implementing the National Ocean Policy of 2018, the 2018 National Strategic Plan for STEM Education, the 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Mapping the U.S. EEZ and Shoreline & Nearshore of Alaska, the 2020 National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, & Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, the 2020 Executive Order on Promoting Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth, and several NOAA conservation, science and technology, and mapping strategies. #MarineLitter #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic