â€œAlaskaâ€™s shores and coastal waters are among our most important and sensitive natural resources,â€ said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. â€œWe welcome the opportunity to work with the State of Alaska to restore some of these areas to their natural, pristine condition. CIAP projects like this serve as a reminder that a clean and healthy environment is an important legacy for us to leave to future generations.â€
The Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation (MCAF), a non-profit organization that specializes in coastal marine clean-up, will assist the Alaska Department of Natural Resources with the project. The Foundation works with a variety of local organizations, tribes and community groups to assess local conditions and remove marine and coastal debris. Grant funding will also support the maintenance and expansion of the Alaska Marine Debris Database, an online tool that tracks the location, amount and type of debris, allowing for more effective planning of future debris-removal operations.
â€œSince its founding in 2003, MCAF has removed more than two million pounds of refuse from Alaskaâ€™s shores,â€ said Merrick Burden, executive director of the Marine Conservation Alliance, MCAFâ€™s parent organization. â€œWith this funding from BOEMRE, we can take another big step forward in protecting and preserving Alaskaâ€™s delicate coastal ecosystems.â€
CIAP received $250 million in appropriated funds for each of the Fiscal Years 2007-2010, to be disbursed to six eligible OCS oil and gas producing states: Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, California, Mississippi and Texas.