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Marine Debris Removal Grants Available

A derelict boat is shown on the Beaufort waterfront in this file photo. 

Applicants have until Sept. 4 to submit a letter of intent for review for marine debris removal project grants.

The fiscal year 2021 Marine Debris Removal grant competition is through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program.

The projects awarded through the removal grant competition are to create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Priority will be given for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear, abandoned and derelict vessels and other medium- and large-scale debris, according to NOAA.

The letter of intent submission period for removal projects began Wednesday. Applicants who submit successful letters of intent will be invited to submit a full proposal following the review period.

Eligible applicants are state, local, tribal, and territory governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and any institution of higher education, nonprofit or commercial organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris.

Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Interested federal agencies may collaborate with eligible applicants but may not receive funds through this competition.

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