Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets

Marine Debris Monitoring

In support of national efforts to understand marine debris deposition on shorelines, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary revised their debris monitoring approach initiated in 2001 and implemented monitoring in 2012 following standardized methods developed by the NOAA Marine Debris Program Monitoring and Assessment Project.image indicates link leaves this site

Since the spring of 2012, twenty-six sites (seventeen outer coast sites and nine sites on the Strait of Juan de Fuca) have been sampled for shoreline debris. This citizen science supported monitoring continues at many of these sites.

map of citizen science monitoring sites

Citizen Science Marine Debris Monitoring Map

Volunteers collect and categorize all debris larger than one inch or 2.54 cm monthly in a 100 meter stretch parallel to the shoreline between the water's edge to the vegetation or other shoreline barrier. The NOAA Marine Debris Shoreline Survey Field Guideimage indicates link leaves this site is available for detailed reference to methods.

collecting debris
Collecting marine debris
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary volunteers use the accumulation method in which all the debris in the study area is removed. Debris data are entered into a national database and are available upon email request to MD.monitoring@noaa.gov. Data are analyzed to detect trends including seasonal patterns and debris accumulation hot spots, as well as to target sources for prevention through education and mitigation.

sorting marine debris
Sorting marine debris
Information about the NOAA Marine Debris Progam which include education resources about marine debris and is available at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/image indicates link leaves this site.

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