NOAA, the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has awarded nearly $1.4 million to groups across the United States to remove marine debris from their communities.

This year, 13 groups received funding to remove large debris including derelict vessels and abandoned fishing gear from shorelines and coastal waters.

“These grants support marine debris removal efforts across the country. Each of these removal projects will raise local awareness about this important issue,” said Nancy Wallace, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program director. “These community-based projects address damage marine debris causes to coastal habitats and reduce the effect marine debris has on wildlife.”

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 round of grants.

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NOAA’s Marine Debris Program funds 13 new community-based removal projects