Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Microplastics sampling is gearing up for May start date!

NH Sea Grant and Blue Ocean are gearing up to start microplastics sampling again for 2015.  Because the winter has been so drawn out, we have not been able to get out and get onto the beaches to see what kind of micro-debris winter has deposited on our coastline.  Based on our year-long pilot study, we have been able to determine which beaches are the most impacted by microplastic debris and will become the focus of this year's sampling efforts.  We will also continue to sample the other beaches but not as intensively.  The 5 main beaches that we are looking for consistent volunteer help include: Hampton Beach, Hampton Harbor, Jenness Beach, Jenness Beach at Cable Rd and North Hampton Beach. The other beaches, Wallis Sands, North Beach and New Castle Beach will be sampled less frequently along with Seabrook Beach. We are in the process of setting the sampling schedule and as soon as that is finalized we will be conducting some trainings and recruiting volunteers.  For more information please contact Gabby Bradt at NH Sea Grant, 603-862-2033 or gabriela.bradt@unh.edu.

The Stewardship Network recently wrote an article about our efforts, click on the picture and have look!

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