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NEMO Equipment Cleanup, courtesy Connie Yang
Beach cleanups are great for everyone!


Downloads: Adopt-a-Beach application | Adopt-a-Beach handbook

Pollution is one of the biggest threats to our oceans. Every year, many whales and other marine life are entangled in lost fishing gear. Removing debris from local beaches can reduce the hazard of debris to marine life. You can make a difference by adopting a local beach!

Beaches Currently Available for Adoption

  • Cable Beach, Rye, NH
  • Foss Beach, Rye, NH
  • Hampton Beach Sections "B", "D" and "E"
  • North Hampton State Beach
  • North Beach, Hampton
  • Beane Farm, Greenland
  • Goat Island, Piscataqua River
  • Peirce Island, Portsmouth
  • Cape Neddick Beach, York, ME
  • Salisbury Beach (sections), Salisbury Beach, MA
  • South Mill Pond, Portsmouth, NH

We extend our appreciation to the NH Coastal Program and NOAA, who support our cleanup efforts.


  • Adams Point, Durham, NH: Stolat Organics
  • Bass Beach in North Hampton, NH: by Robyn Sealock and friends
  • Campbell's Island, New Castle, NH: Maggie Kennedy
  • Cape Neddick Beach, York, ME: Susan DeQuattro Arrand (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) and Tina Bach (York Curves)
  • Eliot Boat Basin, Eliot, ME: Beth Hirt
  • Flounder Cove in Hampton, NH: Greenlands Association
  • Great Island Common Beach in New Castle, NH: Seacoast Mental Health
  • Great Bay Farms, Greenland: The Bradt Family
  • Hampton River Bridge in Hampton, NH: Chucky's Fight
  • Sections of Hampton Beach: Linda Rickenbach
  • Hilton Park, Dover, NH: Living Innovations
  • Long Sands Beach, York, ME: South Berwick Cub Scouts
  • Odiorne Point (Sunken Forest), Rye, NH - Southern New Hampshire University
  • Pirate's Cove: NH Association of Student Councils, Southern District
  • Plaice Cove Beach in Hampton, NH: Ann Cummings, Timberland Company
  • Sawyer's Beach in Rye, NH: Rye Girl Scouts
  • Scammell Bridge, Dover, NH: Bill Hall
  • Seabrook Inner Harbor: NextEra Energy Seabrook Station
  • Seabrook Beach: Green Sanctuary Committee, First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Exeter and Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter
  • Short Sands Beach, York, ME: Crazy Eights
  • Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, NH: by Club Finz of Southern ME and Seacoast NH

If I adopt a beach, what do I have to do?

  • Determine who will be your group leader.
  • Gather your group and clean the beach once per month, OR work with us to find a group to alternate with (e.g. cleaning every other month, just in summer or winter...)
  • While you're at the beach, fill out data cards (provided) according to the trash you collect
  • Bring the trash to a local dumpster or dump

What does Blue Ocean Societydo?

  • Coordinate cleanup dates with your group leader
  • Provide orientation to your volunteers before you begin your first cleanup, and be available for consultation throughout your service time
  • Provide all supplies, including gloves, trash bags and data cards
  • Provide background information for you to give your volunteers
  • Provide media recognition wherever possible.

How do I get started?

Contact Jen Kennedy, (603) 431-0260 or jen@blueoceansociety.org. Have group meetings? We'd love to make a presentation about this program to your group!

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