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Marine debris is more than ugly. It has the potential to be lethal to sea creatures, can act as transport for alien invasive species, can foul your rudder or propellers, wastes valuable materials and is making its way into the human food chain. Don’t let litter go overboard and don’t lighten your load by throwing unwanted gear and trash into the ocean.  Your boat hook can be the ocean’s best friend.

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Researchers working to collect debris along the surface.

If you see marine debris while on the water hook it, bring it onboard and dispose of it properly. Every piece of trash you pick up or item you recycle makes a difference to our ocean and our planet.




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Marine debris collected during a cleanup

Learn more about the Rozalia Project, and help them submit debris cleanup data to NOAA’s national database!

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Balloons Blow provides information to educate people about the destructive effects released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment, and strives to inspire and promote an eco-conscious lifestyle.



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Humpback whale swimming next to a balloon.

Derelict and active fishing lines and gear can also endanger whales and sea turtles. Be sure to dispose of these materials properly.

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Humpback whale entangled in fishing lines and gear.

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