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http://marinedebrisblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/the-department-of-states-marine-debris-art-challenge/ The Department of State’s Marine Debris Art Challenge December 23, 2013 by NOAA Marine Debris Program By: Kelly Cohun, Dave Gershman and Kira Vuille-Kowing One person’s trash can be another person’s treasure – or an art project, in this case. This fall, the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) teamed up with U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world for the Marine Debris Art Challenge, elevating international awareness of marine debris for the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) on September 21. Embassies and Consulates hosted cleanups and worked with local communities to clean up the coast and, at the same time, turn salvaged material into art projects. In addition to the traditional target of the International Coastal Cleanup – beaches – many Embassies and Consulates organized cleanups of waterways, river and stream banks, harborside areas, and even on the shores of ponds or lakes. Local schools, environmental organizations, outdoor recreation associations, and other community and civic groups worked side by side with U.S. diplomats to make their local marine or aquatic environment a cleaner place – and turned what would have been trash into art!