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Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP)

Main Project Information
Goal Shoreline marine debris monitoring
Task Collect data on marine debris on shorelines
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Partner organizations and volunteers conduct shoreline monitoring according to the published NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project survey techniques. Survey data that is uploaded to the MDMAP database contributes to our understanding of the distribution, types, and abundance of debris in the marine environment, in order to guide policy development, education and outreach, and research initiatives.

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Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time An hour or so
Training Materials
Tags beach monitoring, marine debris, marine litter, shoreline monitoring
Project Updated 04/21/2017