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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

  • Hampton Beach Section "E" (southernmost section)
  • North Hampton State Beach
  • Pirate's Cove, Rye
  • North Beach, Hampton
  • Beane Farm, Greenland
  • Goat Island, Piscataqua River
  • Peirce Island, Portsmouth
  • Salisbury Beach (sections), Salisbury Beach, MA
  • Short Sands Beach, York, ME
  • 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
  • Cable Beach, Rye, NH - NEMO Equipment
  • 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: Jen Kennedy
  • Flounder Cove in Hampton, NH: Greenlands Association
  • Foss Beach (North Section) in Rye, NH: Medtronic Advanced Energy
  • Fort Foster in Kittery, ME: Natures Pond (Patti Jo and Piper Zoe Smith)
  • Fort Stark in New Castle, NH: Karyn Warren
  • 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 Clark, Linda Rickenbach and Edie Pole; Colleen Binnette and family; Friends of Ryan Gilligan; Calling All Crows
  • Hilton Park, Dover, NH: Living Innovations
  • North Beach, "South" Section - Team Clean Marine, headed by Abby and Mercedes Pepin
  • Odiorne Point (Sunken Forest), Rye, NH - Southern New Hampshire University
  • Pirate's Cove: Portsmouth High School Surf Club
  • Plaice Cove Beach in Hampton, NH: Timberland Company
  • Rye Harbor State Park: Greengard Center for Autism
  • Salisbury Beach "North" Section: Cestrone Family
  • Sawyer's Beach in Rye, NH: Rye Girl Scouts
  • Scammell Bridge, Dover, NH: Phi Beta Gamma and 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
  • Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, NH: by Club Finz of Southern ME and Seacoast NH
  • Willard Beach, South Portland, ME: Sarah Heeley, Licensed Massage Therapist and Megan Pryor

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 do?

  • 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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