Training on how to deal with marine debris will be on offer in Lincoln City on Sunday, Nov. 17, in a free workshop offered by the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST).

The COASST Marine Debris program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation and communities. Instead of identifying debris, the program characterizes it and measures its abundance in particular zones of the beach. Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will learn how to collect data that speak directly to the source and transport pathways of debris, as well as to the potential harm to people, wildlife and local coastal ecosystems. Volunteers do not need any prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month.

COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal and federal agencies, environmental organizations and community groups.

The Nov. 17 training session will run from 11 am to 5 pm at Driftwood Public Library, 800 SE Hwy. 101.

There will be a short break in the middle of each session for lunch, and participants should bring a sack lunch or money to purchase food in the area.

To reserve a spot, call 206-221-6893 or email

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