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Marine Debris

Source Reduction

The Protect Our Sand and Sea campaign is an initiative to reduce the plastic waste stream in Ocean City, and has been developed as the next step to reducing plastic distribution from businesses by the Ocean City Green Team. The campaign consists of several source reduction pledges. Businesses can choose to participate in any one of the five pledges to avoid single use plastics.

This is an optional and eco-friendly source reduction program to encourage businesses to voluntarily commit to make greener choices. Businesses that commit to the program receive recognition through social media, newspaper advertisements, and are provided marketing tools.

If you are interested in taking the pledge click here and submit your pledge registration to

Ghost Pots

Since 2009 MCBP has worked on programs to hire watermen to retrieve abandoned crab pots, referred to as ghost pots.  These ghost pots have the tendency to continue to capture animals for several years, causing high rates of by-catch and self-baiting. By-catch include numerous fish species, Diamondback terrapins, ducks, and otters.

In 2019, the program received funding to coordinate a “Ghost Pot Rodeo,” a community initiative to educate residents on the perils of abandoned pots and encourage them to participate in a retrieval program.  The Rodeo has morphed into a Marine Debris Plunder. This year’s event will be held October 2.

MCBP now has a Marine Debris Committee, working on a program for volunteers to collect debris by land or by sea.

Anyone interested in joining a committee to help organize and promote this event, please contact

Contribute Online

Become a member of the Coastal Bays Foundation and donate online securely through PayPal. Your financial contribution will go toward protecting our watershed, its habitat, and wildlife. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; all donations are tax deductible.