Marine Debris

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Volunteers are invited to pitch in to help remove marine debris from Netarts Spit. Debris is accumulating on the spit, particularly on the bay side. The CoastWatch program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition is sponsoring a cleanup this Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at noon.

As compensation for their labors, volunteers will get the chance to visit the tip of Netarts Spit by boat. Oyster farmer Travis Oja has offered his services to shuttle volunteers across the bay. CoastWatch volunteer coordinator Fawn Custer will lead the effort, and will also provide some informal natural history instruction as the cleanup goes along.

Meet at the Netarts Boat Basin (2065 Netarts Boat Basin Road). The boat shuttle begins at noon; try to come a bit early. The cleanup will last until about 4 p.m.

Bring gloves, water, and footwear that can get wet and possibly muddy. Dress for the vagaries of Oregon coastal weather. Garbage bags will be supplied.

CoastWatch is part of the Oregon Marine Debris Team (OMDT), a partnership among five organizations (also including SOLVE, Surfrider, Washed Ashore and Oregon Sea Grant), which have banded together to keep Oregon's shoreline free of debris, especially debris from the Japanese tsunami. This cleanup is organized on behalf of the OMDT.

For information, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org. The organizers are hoping to find a second boat owner willing to help ferry volunteers across to the spit. If able to assist with this, contact Fawn Custer.

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