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Oregon Coalition to Combat Marine Debris

The Oregon Coalition to Combat Marine Debris (OCCMD) project builds local partnerships to identify key issues and actively address marine debris prevention in Oregon at the community level, with a focus on coastal communities. Supported by National Sea Grant Marine Debris Community Action Coalition funding, this Oregon Sea Grant project 1) increases student, educator, and public awareness about marine debris sources and impacts, 2) facilitates collaboration among those working to prevent marine debris, and 3) empowers youth and adults to develop and implement marine debris prevention solutions.

Four project components are described below:

OCCMD Activities

Teachers, check out the Marine Debris Interruptions lessons developed by Oregon Sea Grant! In these 5E lessons, students in grades 4-12 focus on one marine debris object commonly found on Oregon beaches, research its original purpose, user, and life cycle, and then propose targeted solutions to prevent this particular item from becoming marine debris. For more information, contact [email protected]

In spring 2024, another cohort of students from Newport High School will work with community members to identify keys issues around marine debris. Then they the students will design, prototype, present engineering solutions at the HMSC Innovation Lab. For more information, contact [email protected].

See a short video about the 2023 group:

The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience is a 10-week internship for post secondary students. The college students are matched with an Oregon business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. Interns help businesses improve efficiency, save money and reduce waste through projects based on preventing pollution. The interns are PAID, and the program is FREE for first-time businesses.

This summer, three OASE interns will focus on projects related to the prevention of marine debris at their host business sites.

Save the Date

The inaugural HMSC Repair Fair will take place at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on Saturday, July 20th from 10am - 4pm. Bring your broken household items to be fixed, and learn repair skills. In addition, this free event will feature short skill workshops, demos, and displays from community partners who will share strategies for waste prevention. We need volunteers! Sign up to be an Expert Fixer at https://bit.ly/Repair-Volunteer.
Questions? Contact: [email protected]

Recent Competitions


April 20, 2024 - In this annual challenge, students from upper elementary to college age build remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and use them to complete underwater missions. Three classes compete in this Regional: RANGER, NAVIGATOR, and SCOUT.  The 2024 Oregon Regional event was held in Newport, Oregon. Watch the recorded livestream of the 2024 competition

2024 Winners

Ranger Class
1st Place - ARES Marine Robotics from Richland, WA (378.1 pts)
2nd Place - The Rays from Warrenton-Hammond School District in Warrenton, OR (350.5 pts)
3rd Place - Valor Maritime International from Valor Christian International School in Beaverton, OR (310.1 pts)

Navigator Class
1st Place - Leafy Sea Dragons from Gorge Makerspace in White Salmon, WA (221.1 pts)
2nd Place - The Navigators from Valor Christian International School in Beaverton, OR (201.2 pts)
3rd Place - The Aegean Team from Warrenton-Hammond School District in Warrenton, OR (188.8 pts)

Scout Class
1st Place - Sea Turtles from Gorge Makerspace in White Salmon, WA (244.9 pts)
2nd Place - Subscribe from Valor Christian International School in Beaverton, OR (200.1 pts)
3rd Place - The Manatees from Gorge Makerspace in White Salmon, WA (185.9 pts)


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Recent Workshops and Events:
  • Essential Estuaries Ed-Venture workshop for educators - February 24-25, 2024
  • The Watershed Game workshop for educators - December 2, 2023
  • State of the Coast conference - November 4, 2023
  • Marine Debris Interruptions workshop for educators - September 26, 2023
  • ORSEA Capstone and HMSC Open House - August 21, 2023


Educators, are you interested in:

Contact [email protected] at Oregon Sea Grant for help.