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Marine Debris Shoreline Monitoring Training

OCTOBER 21, 2019 — On October 10, NOAA Marine Debris Program Chief Scientist, Amy Uhrin, and NOAA Marine Debris Program Research Coordinator, Carlie Herring, led an intra-Program training on marine debris shoreline monitoring methods at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland.

Group gathered on a beach.
NOAA Marine Debris Program staff at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland. Image credit: NOAA.

Both Amy and Carlie talked through shoreline monitoring protocols and then guided participants during a complete 100 meter shoreline survey. Among these participants included Marine Debris Program Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jennifer Simms, Marine Debris Program intern from the University of the Virgin Islands, Zola Roper, and Marine Debris Program -NOAA Rotational Assignment Program (NRAP) awardee, Kyle Dettloff, from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The activity was a great way to familiarize members with the ongoing projects led by various staff of the Marine Debris Program. As the shoreline monitoring concluded, the team collected trash found along the beach. When the team ran out of trash bags, one was resourcefully crafted out of a very large t-shirt that was found on the beach! 

As an extension of this event, Kyle is taking the lead on analyzing two long term Marine Debris Program monitoring data sets from the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. 

 For additional information, please contact Amy.Uhrin@noaa.gov.

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