We have just launched our new website for the Plastic Beach Project, a citizen scientist project that removes beach trash and systematically documents plastic pollution on beaches along the West Coast. The ultimate goal is to develop a Plastic Pollution Report Card that designates and highlights the most plastic beaches along the West Coast. Our focus is California at the moment and specifically the coastlines of Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin Counties. We are in the process of developing a network of 5 Gyres Beach Ambassadors in this target area to assist with plastic research and carry out beach cleanups on beaches that don’t get much beach cleanup love. We also like the idea of “popup” beach cleanups, cleanups that are done by a crew of beach enthusiasts when a beach is particularly dirty.
We have involved schools, other non-profits and eco-minded companies, and our amazing 5 Gyres Ambassadors in our efforts so far. Please check out the schedule or contact Carolynn Box, the project manager, at email@example.com. We are also looking for ocean and beach enthusiasts that want to become 5 Gyres Beach Ambassadors, volunteers that are trained by 5 Gyres Staff in our protocols to analyze plastic pollution on beaches and agree to monitor “their” beach over the next year and commit to carrying out popup beach cleanups when needed.
Please spread the word about the Plastic Beach Project. We are focusing on the stretch of coastline between Santa Cruz and Marin County over the next couple months but would love to get 5 Gyres Ambassadors collecting data all over the world. We have had tremendous support for the project – thank you Teva, Klean Kanteen and Osprey Packs for support and all the amazing interested beach lovers who have contacted us already.Tags: beach cleanup, marine debris, marine litter, plastic pollution