About Us

On December 18, 2020 the passage of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act established the Marine Debris Foundation as a charitable and nonprofit organization to support the marine debris activities of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The purposes of the Marine Debris Foundation include encouraging, accepting, and administering private gifts of property for the benefit of, or in connection with, efforts to address marine debris and to perform other functions related to marine debris.

Our Mission:
The Marine Debris Foundation leads efforts to eliminate marine debris and plastic pollution through innovative grantmaking, effective advocacy, and strategic partnerships.

Our Vision:
The Marine Debris Foundation envisions a planet free from marine debris and plastic pollution.

Our Values:

Dedicated to environmental justice:
We commit to empowering frontline communities to address marine debris and plastic pollution.
We create a welcoming environment for all and honor a diversity of perspectives and people in all of our work.
We pursue strategic partnerships with the marine debris community to enhance collective impact.
Solutions oriented:
We encourage innovation and creativity to foster holistic, long-term interventions.
Committed to scientific integrity:
We are guided by the best available science, including place-based and traditional knowledge.
We disclose our sources of funding and are accountable in our grantmaking.

Standard Definitions:
Innovation: introducing new, or updated ideas, methods, policies, services, or products that will eliminate marine debris and plastic pollution. Innovation is a risk tolerant approach to generate high impact.
Impact: having a strong effect on something, in this case, the elimination of marine debris and plastic pollution.

What is the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act?

The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act is comprised of three main pieces:


Strengthening the United States’ domestic marine debris response capability with a Marine Debris Foundation, a genius prize for innovation, and new research to tackle the issue.


Enhancing global engagement to combat marine debris, including formalizing U.S. policy on international cooperation, enhancing federal agency outreach to other countries, and exploring a new international agreement on the challenge.


Improving domestic infrastructure to prevent marine debris through new grants for and studies of waste management and mitigation.

Contact: info@marinedebrisfoundation.org

The Marine Debris Foundation is a 501(c)3 – Tax ID #88-4011690.
Donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law.

990 Form | 501(c)3 IRS Determination Letter
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration