Download the Marine Defender app to report and map oil pollution and marine debris.

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Marine Defenders App FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens when I submit an oil spill report through the Marine Defenders app?

When you submit an oil spill report using the Marine Defenders app, it goes to two places. First, your report is automatically uploaded to our database. It will appear on the Google map interface both in the app and on the Marine Defenders website.

Your report will also be called into the National Response Center, which in turn will notify your local authorities to come and investigate the incident.

What happens when I submit a marine debris report through the Marine Defenders app?

When you submit a marine debris report using the Marine Defenders app, it is automatically uploaded to the database and will be visible on the Google map interface both in the app and on the Marine Defenders website.

Marine debris reports will NOT be called into the National Reporting Center. If the debris that you see is very serious in nature or if it is a potential hazard to navigation, you may wish to report the incident to the NRC by calling 1-800-424-8802.

What is the National Response Center (NRC)?

The National Response Center (NRC) is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills. If you have a spill to report, you can call them at 1-800-424-8802, visit their website, or use the Marine Defenders app and we will report the incident for you.

The NRC is responsible for disseminating information about pollution incidents to the proper authorities. When you report an oil spill, the NRC will notify your local sector of the US Coast Guard.

Can I try the app before I join?

>Yes. Before you join Marine Defenders, there will be an option to view the app in “Demo Mode.” Once you have created an account, demo mode will no longer be available on your sign in.

Can I make a report from demo mode?

No. In order for your reports to appear in the Marine Defenders database and be called into the National Response Center, you must create an account and log in.

Where can I get the app?

You can get the Marine Defenders app for free at the Apple iTunes App Store.

Why do I need to provide my state and phone number when I create an account?

This information is required for all reports submitted to the National Response Center. The NRC may need to contact you after they have received your report in order to verify the incident details before they send the Coast Guard or other authorities out to investigate.

How can I view a report?

You can view reports in the app by tapping on an individual pin or by tapping on one of the reports listed in the “Recent Reports” table below.

How can I view my past reports?

When you tap “Make a new pollution report,” you will be taken to the “Reporting” page, which displays a log of all reports created by you.

How many photos can I include with my report?

You can submit up to three photos with your pollution report.

Do I have to include a photo with my report?

No, including photos is optional.

Can I call the NRC from my iPad?

The option to call the NRC from the app is only available for iPhones at this time. If you are using the iPad to report pollution and would like to call the NRC, write down the phone number and your GPS coordinates displayed on the screen and use the nearest phone to call.

How do I create a group filter?

Select the “Choose Filter” button to go to the “Filters” page. Click the “Add New Filter” button and type in the name and a brief description of your filter. When you are done and have selected “Add Filter,” it will appear in the “My Filters” section.