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Marine Debris Research
Why clean the beach?
Tsunami Debris
What is Exit &
Arrival Survey
Marine Debris
Arrival Survey
(Ocean Shores, WA)
April 2018
April 2017
June, 2016
Feb. 2016
Oct. 2015
Mar. 2015
July 2014
Mar. 2014
Aug. 2013
Mar. 2013
Aug. 2012
April 2012
Sep. 2011
Aug. 2010
Marine Debris
Exit Survey
(Miyako Island, Japan)
Aug. 2017
Feb. 2011
Oct. 2010
Why clean the beach?
We need to clean beaches periodically. Whenever high tides come, debris will flow back into the ocean and harm marine species and ecosystems. Many creatures are injured or killed from plastics, toys, lighters, or fishing equipments that are washed onto shore or are floating in the ocean. The impact is large, no matter how small the piece of debris may be. We are responsible for the billions of pounds of marine debris floating in the ocean. Ignoring this issue will only bring us more serious problems in the future; environmentally, socially, and economically.
More people need to become aware of the seriousness of marine debris and work together to recover and preserve a healthy marine ecosystem. 

How does marine debris affect species?


photo courtesy: NOAA

Why we found so many dead turtles on this beach in Miyako Island ?
What you can do!
1. No littering!
2. Find ways to reduce daily waste.
3. Participate in beach cleaning activities.
Remember the 3 R's
Don't buy unnecessary products or items using large amounts of packaging materials.
Try to keep using things
that can still be used or give
them away to someone who can.
Don't just throw them in the trash!
Recycle things that can be
turned into
different products.
Look for recycling bins!

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