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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act,

Item Identification

Title: Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2016-05-11

The Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act legally establishes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Debris Program. The mission of the NOAA Marine Debris Program is to use research, prevention, and reduction activities to investigate and solve problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our Nation's marine environment and ensure navigation safety. The Act outlines three central program components for the MDP to undertake: 1) mapping, identification, impact assessment, removal, and prevention; 2) reducing and preventing gear loss; and 3) outreach.


Date enacted: December 22, 2006

Codification: 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1951 et seq.

Authority: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None marine boundaries
None Marine Debris Research, Prevention and Reduction Act
None ocean planning

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Alaska
None American Samoa
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Guam
None Hawaii
None Northern Mariana Islands
None Puerto Rico
None Territorial Sea
None United States of America

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 652768
Date Effective From: 2016-05-11
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 652773
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 74.708840004
S° Bound: -17.555000002

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 652772
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2016

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121219
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 652798
Activity Date/Time: 2016-05-11

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 652797
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 717414
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality


The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

Topology has been validated, including least possible modification of the original data as needed to correct topology errors. These errors were noted in southern Alaska (two errors) and the Gulf of Mexico (two errors).



Binational Features for the United States and Mexico Border Region

CC ID: 652759
Contact Name: Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Publish Date: 2006-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2006
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

US/Mexico international boundary | Type of Source Media: online

U.S. Maritime Limits and Boundaries

CC ID: 652758
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coast Survey (OCS)
Publish Date: 2013-09-13
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013-09-13
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

National boundary of the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 652760

1. The Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act's geographic coverage was developed from two existing data sets: (A) OCS's U.S. Maritime Limits and Boundaries shapefile (EEZ and equivalent boundary), and (B) USGS's US/Mexico international boundary. 2. Where boundaries from the two data sources intersected in Texas and California, boundaries were cut accordingly so that no ArcGIS "dangles" remained. 3. Where boundaries in the Pacific Ocean crossed the International Date Line, the single part polylines were manually closed within an edit session. 4. Topology errors were addressed, which included two errors in southern Alaska and two errors in the Gulf of Mexico (within the OCS data). 5. The national polyline (including Alaska, Hawaii, and all U.S. territories) was converted to a polygon. 6. Added fields and populated accordingly.

Process Date/Time: 2016-01-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity MarineDebrisResearchPreventionAndReductionAct

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 48891
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:48891
Metadata Record Created By: Anne Ball
Metadata Record Created: 2017-11-14 15:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-02-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-02-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-02-08