For Immediate Release: 3/8/18 Contact: Jackie Lindsey
BeachwaLKERs wanted for
coastal observation and seabird survey team (coasst)
The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a free training session for citizens interested in joining the COASST Marine Debris program. Training sessions will be held in Ocean Shores, WA on Sunday, April 15th from 10:00am-4:00pm.
The COASST Marine Debris program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation, and communities. Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will learn how to collect data on the characteristics and location of debris – data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris and to identify potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems.
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 than 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.
The training sessions will be held at the Ocean Shores Library on April 15th, 2018. There is no charge to attend, but we ask participants to provide a $20 refundable deposit if they would like to take home a COASST survey toolkit. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more – please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training. No prior experience is necessary, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month. Training activities take place indoors.
Reserve your training spot by calling COASST at 206-221-6893 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on COASST:
Address: University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195-5020;