Learn all about marine debris and how to avoid contributing to the problem with this series of videos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Use a selection or all 11 videos with your students to help them understand how plastic pollution enters our waterways, how this affects marine animals and people, and what steps they can take to help reduce the devastation from marine debris in their communities. 

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ghost fishing

continued trapping and killing of marine life by a discarded fishing net floating at sea

ghost nets

commercial fishing nets that have been lost, discarded, or abandoned at sea.


having to do with the ocean.


garbage, refuse, or other objects that enter the coastal or ocean environment.


piece of plastic between 0.3 and 5 millimeters in diameter.


U.S. Department of Commerce agency whose mission is to "understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others, and; to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources."


chemical material that can be easily shaped when heated to a high temperature.