Training on how to deal with marine debris will be on offer in Newport on Saturday, Aug. 18, 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 Aug. 18 training session will run from 10 am to 4 pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, with a short break for lunch
To reserve a spot, call 206-221-6893 or email email@example.com.