Larsen Announces Federal Funding to Remove Marine Debris from Puget Sound

Sep 5, 2013 Issues: Environment

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today announced a major federal grant to aid efforts to remove derelict fishing nets from the Puget Sound. The Northwest Straits Foundation will use the $99,995 National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) award to continue its efforts to remove marine debris from the Sound.

“Marine debris in the Puget Sound threatens our environment and our economy,” Larsen said. “These federal dollars will be put to work cleaning up the Puget Sound, whose fisheries are a major driver of our economy, and restoring vital habitat that is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and fish.”

“NOAA’s support and technical advice have been critical to the success of our program for more than ten years,” said Northwest Straits Foundation Director Robyn du Pre’. “This new funding will help us finish the job of removing derelict fishing nets from shallow high priority areas of Puget Sound.”

The funding is made available through the NOAA Marine Debris program. More information on the program is available here: