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Individuals play an important role in preventing marine debris. Anyone can help reduce the amount of trash in our oceans by understanding and changing the behaviors that lead to marine debris. Whether you are out on the open ocean or simply walking down the street, you can help protect our oceans by disposing of trash properly and preventing it from being carried by wind or rain into a body of water.

Many different actions can make a difference. Decreasing the amount of waste generated and ensuring that it is disposed of properly can result in less marine debris. Recycling and reusing can significantly decrease the amount of litter reaching marine and coastal waters. Volunteer coastal cleanups and public education efforts also help reduce the amount of debris reaching our waterways. Please visit the links below to find a number of easy steps you can take to reduce and prevent marine debris.


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