Teenagers Cleaning Up the Beach

Join Us for a Shoreline Debris Family Research Project!


What? Adopt the same 10 meter wide beach section anywhere around the Salish Sea. This could be a fresh water or salt water shoreline.

Conduct a monthly survey for one year (Spring 2021-Spring 2022). 


Why? This citizen science project will provide a community science approach to offer a better understanding of the following questions:

1) What are the major types/sources of marine debris?

2) What is the rate of debris deposition? 

3) Does debris deposition change spatially?

Additionally, it has been proven that participation in clean-up activities is effective to raise awareness of the shoreline debris problem!

How? To begin, please refer to Steps 1-3 below! 


Step 1 - Contact us


If you haven't already contacted The Salish Sea School, email marinedebris@thesalishseaschool.org with the following information to express interest: 

  • Your name

  • The name of the shoreline (fresh or salt water) you will survey each month, if you need suggestions we are happy to provide some ideas!

If there are other materials you will need, please let us know in this email.


Step 2 - Supplies

You will need the following supplies to complete your monthly survey:

  • Measuring tape

  • Mask, gloves, hand sanitizer

  • Ruler

  • Phone or camera

  • Clipboard

  • Datasheet (printer needed)

  • Protocol sheet, optional (printer needed)

  • Re-usable debris collection bag (not pictured)

Man Using Computer Printer

Step 3 - Print & begin!


You will need a total of 12 datasheets (one per month)


You can also choose to print OR save the protocols on your phone.


Once you have all of your supplies ready, begin surveying your beach section anytime in May and repeat once a month, for one year! The protocols below will provide more guidance and directions for how to conduct your survey. 

Other ways to help:

How to help trap the microplastics released from your clothes in your washing machine:


More information:

Me, My Clothes, and the Ocean

Article about microplastics in the arctic