33 U.S. Code § 1951 - Purpose
The purpose of this chapter is to address the adverse impacts of marine debris on the United States economy, the marine environment, and navigation safety through the identification, determination of sources, assessment, prevention, reduction, and removal of marine debris.
2012—Pub. L. 112–213 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The purposes of this chapter are—
“(1) to help identify, determine sources of, assess, reduce, and prevent marine debris and its adverse impacts on the marine environment and navigation safety;
“(2) to reactivate the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee; and
“(3) to develop a Federal marine debris information clearinghouse.”