Marine Debris

people hull marine debris off of a raft on a beach
Sanctuary staff and volunteers coordinate marine debris removal from a remote beach off of the south side of Santa Cruz Island. Photo: Claire Fackler/NOAA

Birds, fish, mammals, and sea turtles can get entangled in marine debris or mistake it for food. Marine debris in the water can also foul propellers and clog or damage engine intake systems. Always secure and stow your trash for disposal in port. Reduce solid waste by recycling items and selecting reusable products. Please help keep trash and debris out of the sanctuary, and help remove marine debris from the marine environment!

Leave No Traps Behind - Best Practices to Prevent Trap Loss

Veteran commercial spiny lobstermen cover the best fishing practices to reduce the loss of traps and minimize impacts to the environment.

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