Friday, February 14, 2014

Want to Help with a Unique Project? Volunteer for Our Microplastics Study!

Microplastics sampling at Wallis Sands Beach
Want to volunteer outside? Interested in marine conservation and research? Help with our microplastics study! 

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and NH Sea Grant are working together to conduct a pilot study on microplastics (small plastics) on New Hampshire beaches. Below is a two-minute video with more information:

Want to help?

Here's what it involves:

  • Samplers needed: This work involves being outside on the beach, collecting and sieving sand samples. Fair warning: the work is conducted outside, in sometimes cold weather, and can be a bit tedious, but it is very important! This is the first study of its kind in New Hampshire. The time commitment will be approximately 6 hours in April and August for sample collectors, plus 1-2 hours for training. We are looking either for teams of 5 people, or individuals willing to be matched to a team.
  • Sorters needed: We are also looking for volunteers to work indoors to help sort the samples once they are collected. Time commitment for sorters is about 12 hours total between May and October. April through October. 

For more information:

Join us for an information session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6 PM at the Blue Ocean Society office at the Gov. Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH. The training will be held in our conference room, which is all the way in the back of the buildilng, on the 2nd floor. Please RSVP to or call 603-431-0260 if you plan on attending.  We hope to see you there!

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