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 is proud to announce our FY19 “Marine Debris Research” federal funding opportunity.
This opportunity provides funding for research directly related to marine debris through field, laboratory, and modeling experiments. Successful project proposals will explore the ecological risk associated with marine debris, determine debris exposure levels, examine the fate and transport of marine debris in nearshore coastal environments, and/or quantify habitat impacts resulting from marine debris. Projects may address one or more of these research priorities and should be original, hypothesis-driven projects that have not previously been addressed to scientific standards.
The submission period for research proposals will extend from September 17 - December 14, 2018.
Please mark your calendars for the 2019 “Watershed Connections” Conference scheduled for FEBRUARY 24-25, 2019 in State College, PA. Activities will take place at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and will include a talk on microplastics in our waterways.
Please save the date for the 2019 Great Lakes Day Congressional Breakfast, to be held Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
The annual Great Lakes Day Congressional Breakfast will feature dialogue on Great Lakes priorities by regional leaders and members of Congress who play a critical role in shaping Great Lakes policies.
Please note that the 2019 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting will be held separately in the Great Lakes Basin. More information about the Semiannual Meeting will be available in 2019.
Ohio Sea Grant and NOAA Marine Debris Program will have an outreach booth as part of Cedar Point Amusement Park's event in Sandusky, OH. The event runs 5/13 through 5/17. Come visit us on the midway!
The 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC19) will be held on May 21-22, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, IL. This year the conference will expand beyond the aquatic environment to also include air and soil studies along with effects on human and animal health.
The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and outreach. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the environment.
Researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, regulatory agencies, policy makers, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, members of the general public, and medical, veterinary, and public health professionals are encouraged to attend the conference.
Fellow researchers from around the world will gather in Brockport, New York, on the shores of the Erie Canal for IAGLR's 62nd annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Hosted by The College at Brockport, State University of New York, the conference will feature four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on our theme Large Lakes Research: Connecting People and Ideas. Mark your calendars for June 10-14, 2019. There will be a marine debris session titled, "Microplastics in freshwater systems: Advances in chemistry, biology and physics."