Marine Debris in Long Island Sound

After a two-year planning process, the Long Island Sound Marine Debris Action Plan is approved and ready for implementation. The development of the five-year plan was co-led by the Connecticut and New York Sea Grant programs, with support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program and NOAA National Sea Grant. Individuals representing more than 50 academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, trade organizations, advocacy groups and county, state and federal agencies were actively involved in the planning, work groups and/or reviews.

The goals of the plan are to understand, prevent and mitigate the impacts of:

  • single-use plastic and other water/land-based consumer debris
  • abandoned and lost fishing/aquaculture gear
  • microplastics and microfibers

Between 2022 and 2027, volunteer partners will strive to implement actions outlined for each goal. The plan facilitates old and new partnerships and collaborations to support both ongoing and new actions, as resources are available. Annual progress reports will provide a comprehensive picture of the progress achieved through 1) prevention, education and outreach; 2) research assessment, attention to wildlife impacts and monitoring; 3) proper disposal and infrastructure; 4) removal and/or source reduction and 5) policy and management.

A deflated balloon is trapped in dune grass on a Long Island Sound beach. Photo: Judy Preston / Connecticut Sea Grant

Marine Debris News

A cleaner city park means a cleaner Long Island Sound

Eighty-four pounds worth of the debris of modern civilization that would have polluted Long Island Sound instead ended up in trash bags on Aug. 15, when a small crew from CT Sea Grant and Save the Sound partnered on a two-hour cleanup at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

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Data from 2021 International Coastal Cleanup

2022 CT Coastal Cleanup planned; 2021 data released

Organizing has begun for the annual International Coastal Cleanup 2022, which takes place each year during September and October and is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. In Connecticut, Save the Sound will celebrate its 20th year as the Connecticut Coordinator for the event.

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A discarded tire sits in a marsh in Old Saybrook. Judy Preston / Connecticut Sea Grant

CT, NY Sea Grants to create plan for LIS debris reduction

Abandoned boats, broken lobster traps, discarded tires and all types of other trash aren’t just eyesores on Long Island Sound’s beaches, coves and channels. They’re also hazards to wildlife that can impede navigation and threaten human safety and health.

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Logos for Connecticut Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

LIS Marine Debris Action Plan Team:

Connecticut Sea Grant: 

Nancy Balcom, CT Sea Grant co-lead: nancy.balcom@uconn.edu
Juliana Barrett
Judy Benson
Sylvain De Guise
Syma Ebbin
Diana Payne
Judy Preston

New York Sea Grant:

Kathy Bunting-Howarth, NY Sea Grant co-lead:keb264@cornell.edu; www.nyseagrant.org/marinedebris
Kathleen Fallon
Paul Focazio
Jimena Beatriz Perez-Vascasillas
Rebecca Shuford

NOAA Marine Debris Program:

Northeast Regional  and Mid-Atlantic Regional coordinators

A young woman picks up trash at a public park on Long Island Sound.

For more information on the NOAA Marine Debris Program:

Northeast region

Mid-Atlantic region