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Main Project Information
Goal Monitor marine resources and ecosystem health
Task Survey a beach on the west coast every month
Where Alaska, United States of America
California, United States of America
Oregon, United States of America
Washington, United States of America

COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) is a network of citizen scientists that monitor marine resources and ecosystem health at 450 beaches across northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

Team volunteers pledge to survey their beach every month for beached birds or marine debris. In return, the COASST office pledges to put all of the data together, decipher the patterns across the entire survey range, and give that information back out to volunteers and the communities.

COASST believes that the citizens of coastal communities are essential scientific partners in monitoring marine ecosystem health. By collaborating with citizens, natural resource management agencies, and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions.

How to Join

For information on how to become join the team, contact COASST at 206-221-6893 or

The following steps are required to become a COASSTer:

1. Attend a 6-hour COASST training session in your area (

2. Sign the COASST contract and agree to survey the beach of your choice every month.

3. Pay a small deposit for a copy of Beached Birds and the other survey supplies.

4. Head out to the beach and start surveying!

Project Timing Year-round
Social Media
Participation Fee what $20
Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach
Tags alaska, beach, birds, california, ocean, oregon, washington
Project Updated 04/21/2017