Marine Debris Term Paper by Nicky

Marine Debris
A look at some of the laws and regulations concerning marine debris.
# 149530 | 873 words | 15 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2011 in Environmental Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how, because of the interconnectedness of the global environment, marine debris is not only a national problem and how it is indiscriminate in its harm to marine wildlife, the degradation of ocean habitats, interference with navigation and water safety, fishing, coastal communities, human health and disease vectors, and the global economy. The paper discusses how although there are certainly a variety of national laws and regulations designed to protect individual waterways and to limit the disposal of garbage in the oceans there are no comprehensive, international programs designed to assess and limit marine debris, or to remove what waste is already in the system.

From the Paper:

"Fortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a federal agency that is tasked with the conditions of the world's oceans and atmosphere, understands that issues that effect the oceans are global in span and must be treated as global in diplomacy, policy, and education. NOAA has a Marine Debris Program that serves as a centralized information and action/development center with NOAA and several global agencies, including the United Nations. It is tasked with the coordination, strengthening, and education to the public and private sector regarding the effects of marine debris. In the last decade, NOAA-MDP has focused its efforts on the international community - helping to identify, reduce, prevent, and where possible, clean up, marine debris pollution. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • National Academies Press. (2008). Tackling Marine Debris in the 21st Century. National Academies Press - Committee on the Effectiveness of International and National Measures to Prevent and Reduce Marine Debris and Its Impact.
  • Cho, D. (October 4, 2008). "The Incentive Program For Fishermen to Collect Marine Debris in Korea." Science Direct. Cited in:
  • Coe, J. and D.B. Rogers, eds., (1996). Marine Debris: Sources, Impacts, and Solutions. Springer Publications.
  • Janes, P. (2005). "Junk: Harmful Effects of Marine Debris." Science World. 61(9-10): 14-16.
  • Leous, J. and N. Parry. (2005). "Who Is Responsible For Marine Debris? The International Politics of Cleaning Our Oceans." Journal of International Affairs, 59(1): 257-70.

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APA Format

Marine Debris (2011, December 21) Retrieved August 10, 2022, from

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"Marine Debris" 21 December 2011. Web. 10 August. 2022. <>