USCG and NAMEPA sign MOU

The U.S. Coast Guard and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) have announced an agreement to co-develop and implement outreach, training and educational materials aimed at reducing maritime pollution.

Under a memorandum of understanding, signed during a ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters, this month, the Coast Guard will expand its marine environmental protection education and outreach program within NAMEPA's strategic alliances. The Coast Guard will also collaborate with NAMEPA to develop an elementary school curriculum that will focus on reducing marine debris.

"NAMEPA is honored to be partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary in our shared goal to 'Save our Seas'," said Carleen Lyden-Kluss, co-founder and executive director of NAMEPA. "Through this partnership, we will be able to join forces in promoting the reduction of marine debris, and help in the education of the public about the risks associated with careless disposal of litter. It is our hope that this initial effort will be followed by future projects which serve to protect our marine environment and promote respect and care for it."

"By partnering with NAMEPA to increase outreach efforts to students who will be future stewards the world's ocean, we are fulfilling the Coast Guard's maritime stewardship mission to protect our valuable marine environment," said Vice Adm. Brian Salerno, the Coast Guard's Deputy Commandant for Operations.

January 20, 2012