Marine Debris Monitoring Survey
After a hiatus, the monthly marine debris survey has resumed at Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint, between Florence and Yachats. Meet at the viewpoint parking lot at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, to start the survey—equipment and instruction will be provided. CoastWatch, which leads marine debris monitoring for the Oregon coast as part of the state’s Marine Debris Action Plan, is collaborating with the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve Collaborative at this site.
Volunteers are always needed, and visitors are also welcome to join in to learn about the marine debris monitoring process, perhaps to carry the knowledge to another area to start up a new monitoring team.
These surveys, conducted according to a NOAA protocol, are citizen science efforts that make a contribution to scientific studies of the origins and impacts of such debris by helping to provide baseline data. They also help to clean up the stretches of shoreline where they occur.
The next survey at this site, by the way, takes place on Oct. 26, also at 9 a.m.
For more information about marine debris monitoring, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027.