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Cancelled – Cape Cove Beach Beach Cleanup
September 21, 2020 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
Due to the closure of Siuslaw National Service public access points, this event has been cancelled for September 21, 2020.
LOCATION CHANGE: To minimize distancing, please meet at the trailhead for Cape Cove Beach at Cape Perpetua (approx GPS 44.281438, -124.108723 —- if heading south, past Devil’s Churn and before Visitor Center turn). We will briefly meet at trailhead and head down to the beach. Please see project update bullets below:
- Masks required during project
- Bring your own gloves encouraged (coordinator will have some clean ones if needed)
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or care for anyone with COVID-19, please refrain from participating
- Please practice social distancing (6 ft) during project to your best ability
- After we pick up marine debris, the Coordinator will collect it, document it and email participants with results (vs documenting as a team)
Join us on the beach for a marine debris cleanup at Cape Cove Beach. This project is great for anyone who would like to give 1-2 hours of their time, contribute to science and clean up beaches touching Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Protected Areas.
Please meet at the Cape Cove Beach Trailhead and walk down to the beach from there. The path is mostly paved, but the gravel trail to beach access includes stairs. Sturdy shoes are recommended.
We will survey 100 yards of Cape Cove Beach. This includes flat sandy beach, wood debris, cobble rocks and lava rock. Most of the debris we find is located in the rocky and woody areas. After the survey, we will collect our finds, sort and document. The plastic items are kept for re-use in various projects.
If you have your own bucket and gloves, please feel free to bring them with you. No bucket, no worries! We will provide bags and we try to have a couple of gloves to use if needed.
What is the project and why is it important?
Marine debris is a global problem that impacts marine life, damages marine habitats, impedes navigation, impacts our economy, and is a risk to human health and safety. Although we continue to learn more and more about marine debris, there are still many unanswered questions. These include unknowns such as which types of debris are most common in a certain area? Or, how is the problem of marine debris changing over time, and are our efforts to prevent debris effective? The Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP) helps answer these questions and others by collecting baseline data.
The data collected through this project can be used to evaluate the impacts of marine debris along our coastlines and can help inform future marine debris mitigation and prevention efforts on a local, regional, and national scale.
More information on this citizen science effort → https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/research/citizen-science-marine-debris-monitoring-oregon-coast