CoastWatch Marine Debris Trainings

April 7, 2022
Various locations, central and north coast

Marine debris survey in progress
Marine debris survey in prograss at Fort Stevens.\Photo by Ed Joyce.

CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Jesse Jones will be holding a series of trainings on the central and north coast—Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln and Lane counties—from April 4 to April 8. Times and places are TBA, depending on requests for training. If interested, contact her at [email protected], (503) 989-7244, to arrange a training or learn about ones that have already been set up.

CoastWatch organizes marine debris monitoring at selected sites to develop scientifically useful data about the amounts and types of debris reaching Oregon’s shore. Volunteers are essential to these marine debris-monitoring efforts. Participants employ a “protocol” developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to gather data on types and amounts of marine debris. Monitoring sites are approximately 100 meters (325 feet) long. No prior experience is necessary; CoastWatch offers free training in use of the NOAA protocol, recently updated in 2021. Groups of at least two are needed--this is an excellent activity for families or groups.

CoastWatchers can conduct a survey on their adopted miles, or joining with other marine debris survey volunteers on another mile. To be connected to another CoastWatch volunteer or group conducting a survey, please contact Jesse.

Preferred sites are areas with less human traffic and where it is less likely that litter will be picked up between monitoring sessions. Surveys must be conducted regularly on a monthly basis.