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Courtney and I traveled up to Fort Smallwood State Park and Gibson Island today to test our shoreline debris surveys. Our first stop was Fort Smallwood. They were gracious enough to let us onto the park grounds to sample, even though the park was closed for the day. It actually turned out to probably be a good thing. Since it was our first attempt at the method, it took a while to run through it and we didn’t have to worry about disturbing any visitors to the park. We tallied up the debris and attempted the sand sieving, but had our first major hiccup there. One of our sieve sizes is too small so we’ll have to adjust that! Everything else seemed to run smoothly. Most of the debris at that particular location was plastic/polystyrene pieces and glass pieces although we also had some monofilament line, a small piece of net, and a beverage can.

Our next destination was Gibson Island which is a private, gated community. We had called ahead for permission, which we were also graciously granted. The beach area there is at a point right at the mouth of the Magothy. It was smaller in width than Fort Smallwood, but there was still debris present. Again, most of the debris was plastic/polystyrene pieces. This location ended our day and our field test! The next adventure will be in September!

Sarah

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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