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COASST Marine Debris Training in Friday Harbor

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting marine debris data for COASST. We are a citizen science program involving participants in the collection of high quality data used in natural resource management and conservation decisions.

Marine debris participants collect data on the characteristics and location of debris - data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris and to identify potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems. No prior experience is necessary, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month.

If you are interested in participating, visit our website to learn more about our program and join us at our training session:


Saturday, October 13, 2018
11am - 5pm (ferry arrival times may push some arrivals slightly later: come as soon as you can!)

Friday Harbor Laboratories - Commons
620 University Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

There is no charge to attend, but we ask participants to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST survey toolkit. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more – please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training. Training activities take place indoors. Please plan to bring a sack lunch for our mid-day break.

Please RSVP to or 206-221-6893. If you’re unable to attend, please email us to let us know that you’d like to be contacted about future trainings near you.