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5 Things to Know about Marine Debris

Maritime law cases come in many forms, with most of them focusing on personal injuries or wrongful deaths to passengers on water, seamen, or longshoremen. It is important to keep in mind that federal law governs maritime injury claims, with “maintenance and cure” rights becoming automatically effective when the injury takes place. This helps ensure that the injured party receives the proper medical care he or she needs to make the best recovery possible.

It does not matter who you are. If you are going out on the water, you need to be well aware of your rights, and the best way to do this is by speaking with a qualified maritime lawyer before you leave shore. And remember if you are captain, there are several things you need to keep in mind about debris. Here’s a quick look at five things you should know about marine debris:

1) There are many forms of debris

Marine debris can come in just about any form imaginable. From fishing nets to metal to abandoned vessels, this debris must be avoided at all time to help ensure the waters stay safe. If possible, and only when completely safe, you should remove any debris you see to help ensure other seamen don’t get injured by it.

2) Partner with the NOAA

When it comes to cleaning up marine debris, the NOAA Marine Debris Program definitely puts in a lot of effort. However, this program can only do so much, which makes it all the more important that you lend a helping hand as often as possible.

3) Debris is harmful to more than humans

Not only can marine debris lead to injury or death for humans, but it is also extremely harmful for animals too. Larger items like fishing nets and fishing line can trap animals, so it is important that we humans remove as much debris as possible to keep this from happening. Even if an animal gets stuck and not injured, this can lead to illness, starvation, and ultimately, death.

4) Debris can be converted into energy

Did you know that some marine debris can be converted into energy? That’s right, depending on the type of debris, it may be able to be converted into energy. You will want to contact the Fishing for Energy program that was created in 2008 to learn more about this amazing process.

5) Simple steps lead to big changes

Just the smallest of steps to prevent debris can lead to big changes. You should always do your best to cut back on the amount of debris you produce. In addition, make sure you opt for reusable items over the single-use products, and most importantly, recycle as much trash as you can.