Events and Announcements
Marine debris is defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes. Looking for what’s new with marine debris in the Great Lakes region? Find events and other important announcements below.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program's fiscal year (FY) 2021 Marine Debris Removal notice of funding opportunity is now open.
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.
The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission period for removal projects will extend from July 15 to September 4, 2020. Applicants who submit successful LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal following the LOI review period.
Scientists from across the globe will gather in the heart of North America for IAGLR's 63rd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research on June 8-12, 2020. Hosted by IISD Experimental Lakes Area in Winnipeg, Canada, the conference will feature four days of scientific sessions, speakers, and discussions centered around the theme 2020: Focusing on the Future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the IISD-ELA research station and learn about its approach involving whole lake experiments to inform large lake management and policy. http://iaglr.org/iaglr2020/