Help with our Microplastics Study this Fall

Traditional beach season is ending, but we’re not done at the beach yet. We still have important work to do to learn about the threat of plastics on our local beaches!

For the last 4 years, we’ve partnered with New Hampshire Sea Grant on a study of microplastics on our beaches. Microplastics are small plastics 1-5mm in size.  From April – October (weather permitting), we’ve been sampling 5 local beaches to determine the amount and presence of microplastics.

Want to help? There are a couple ways to get involved.

  • Like to be outside?  Help with our sampling!  You can sign up for September and October sampling dates below. All supplies are provided and training is provided on-site (each session is led by a Blue Ocean Society or Sea Grant staff member or experienced volunteer).  Sampling is weather-dependent, so  it’s important for you to sign up so that we can contact you in the event of a cancellation. The time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per sampling session.

Sign Up Here

  • Would you rather work inside? We have things for you to do, too! Each fall, we need to sort through all the samples we’ve collected, and divide them into different types of microplastics. Stay tuned to this web site or Facebook page – we’ll be posting sorting dates in the coming weeks!

More About the Project:

Microplastics in the form of Styrofoam balls on Jenness Beach