CoastWalk Japan Tsunami Debris Monitoring
As debris from the tsunami in Japan makes its way to our shores, it is important to learn as much as possible about the issues connected with it and to stay up to date on the facts as they become known.
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is proud to be a statewide leader in marine debris prevention education and community cleanups through our CoastWalk program, which began in 1984.
We will be doing our part to provide information to the public and take part in monitoring efforts on our local beaches so that we can help our statewide and national partners to track debris in order to know what arrives and where it is found.
To do this, we have asked a few volunteers who have experience with our CoastWalk program to begin more regular monitoring of select beaches. Through monthly monitoring we hope to be able to track changes in the debris items and amounts.
When confirmed sightings of debris are made in Alaska, we will expand or monitoring and cleanup efforts to include more beaches and more frequent CoastWalks.
By comparing incoming data to the past 28 years of data we have collected, we will be able to observe if the type or amount of debris is changing and what the impact of the new debris is.
For more information about the CoastWalk monitoring program, marine debris, or to report debris items on local beaches, please contact the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at 907-235-6667 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted: March 3, 2012