Marine Debris in the

Southeast

A volunteer pulls a derelict crab pot from the water in North Carolina.
The Southeast region spans North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and down the Eastern coast of Florida. This region is a maze of over 14,000 miles of tidal shoreline and includes sandy beaches and dunes, barrier islands, salt marshes, and mangrove forests. With over 30 million people living in this region and an influx of millions of tourists each year, it is easy to understand the human impact on the environment. In addition, the severe Southeastern summer weather including high winds, storm surges, and heavy rains drags household products, lawn furniture, even entire homes into the surrounding waters, compounding marine debris problems.