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Title: Marine Debris Removal

Project Year and Number: 2012: 12120116

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Chris Pallister, Gulf of Alaska Keeper

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Gulf of Alaska

Restoration Category: General Restoration

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: GoAK is submitting a comprehensive 3-part marine debris cleanup program. We understand that the call of this grant is to provide $1,000,000 of funding for marine debris removal over a 2-year period. Immediately following are two proposed cleanup projects for 2012 and 2013 that request a total EVOSTC funding level of $730,000. The proposed projects for 2012 and 2013 have also been included as part of the marine debris proposal submitted to EVOSTC by the NOAA team. However, at the urging of Peter Murphy, NOAA’s MD Regional Coordinator (see attached letter from Peter Murphy, NOAA MD Regional Coordinator, pg.54), and after consultation with EVOSTC staff, GoAK is also submitting an alternative proposal. This alternative proposal includes the proposed 2012 and 2013 removal projects, plus a request for a third year of funding for a project in 2014. We hope this proposal is considered carefully. These three projects in total request $1,015,000 in EVOSTC funding. Over a three year period, GoAK can match EVOSTC funding at more than a 1 to 1 level. Stretching the funding over three years allows GoAK to raise more matching funds to help clean another 20 miles of horribly fouled coast and remove an additional 80 to 100 tons of plastic marine debris. We submit these projects with the intention that if EVOSTC decides not to fund a third year project, then it would consider the 2012 and 2013 projects as the complete proposal. For that reason, we have submitted complete project budgets and descriptions for each individual cleanup season.

GoAK solicited project proposals from five separate organizations with past experience in marine debris work and community outreach. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Chugach National Forest and Alaska Geographic jointly submitted Proposal 1. The Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation submitted Proposals 2 and 3. The Alaska Sea Life Center submitted Proposal 4. Each of the proposed outreach projects are stand-alone programs. As such, the Council can select any combination of the projects to satisfy the public outreach objective. All projects selected by the Council will coordinate in such than components of each project do not overlap. Projects will also use the same educational data, such as miles cleaned, the amount of marine debris removed per mile up in the cleanup area, the types and quantities of marine debris, habitat and animals impacted, etc., in their individual projects so that a consistent message is delivered.

Outreach Proposal 1: The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Chugach Forest Service and Alaska Geographic "Youth Action on Marine Debris: from the field to the classroom". Total Cost: $151,946

Outreach Proposal 2: Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation "EVOSTC Marine Debris Cleanup Documentation Film". Total Cost: $30,584

Outreach Proposal 3: Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation "EVOSTC Outreach Marine Debris Prevention Tide Book Project". Total cost: $26,090

Outreach Proposal 4: Alaska SeaLife Center "Marine Debris Exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center". Total Cost: $166,051

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Proposal: View PDF (4,883 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2012 , 2013 , 2014

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2012 , 2013 , 2014

Annual Reports: 2012: Due 09/01/2012 2013: Due 09/01/2013 2014: Due 09/01/2014

Final Report: Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available