Abandoned and derelict vessels, or ADVs, litter more than just North Carolina’s coastal waters.
Thousands of ADVs can be found in the country’s waterways clogging navigational channels, harming the environment and diminishing commercial and recreational activities, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
To help address this countrywide problem, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is launching a new monthly webinar series, Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels.
The webinar series kicks off at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 with Knowing the Ropes, an overview of the issue on a national, regional and local level.
Remaining webinars scheduled for 3 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month will feature experts from federal, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, universities and industry who will share perspectives and solutions on common ADV issues.
ADVs end up in coastal waterways because of a range of issues, from natural disasters, such as hurricanes, to owner neglect. Many communities face the challenge of assessing, removing and disposing of these vessels, which is complex and requires significant financial resources, officials said.
Organizers welcome anyone with an interest in ADVs, particularly local, state, and federal agencies, tribal entities, nongovernmental organizations, and other organizations engaged in the issue to attend these webinars.