Beachwalkers wanted for COASST Marine Debris Program


On Saturday Aug. 23, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a training session at the Coastal Interpretive Center in Ocean Shores for citizens interested in becoming pilot testers for the new COASST Marine Debris program.

COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental

organizations and community groups. COASST believes citizens of coastal communities are essential scientific partners in monitoring marine ecosystem health. By collaborating with citizens, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions.

Currently, more 800 volunteers survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska.

The new COASST Marine Debris program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation and communities. Instead of identifying debris, the program characterizes it and measures its abundance in particular zones of the beach. In doing so, the data speaks directly to the source and transport pathways of debris, as well as to the potential harm to people, wildlife and local coastal ecosystems.

The training session will be held at the Coastal Interpretive Center, 1033 Catala Avenue SE, Ocean Shores in the Education Room and is free.

There will be a short break in the middle of the session for lunch, so please bring your own sack lunch, or money to purchase food in the area. Volunteers need no prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (1 km) at least twice per month through March 2015.

Space is limited. Reserve your training spot by calling COASST at 206-221-6893 or by emailing coasst@uw.edu.

 

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