About Humboldt State University’s Marine Debris Program

Humboldt State University (HSU) believes that students can learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Many of HSU’s professors mentor their students by encouraging and facilitating student research in the field. The goal of HSU’s Marine Debris Program is to get students involved with keeping the oceans healthy and clean. The program has regular beach cleanups where we encourage both students and community members to get out on the beaches to find and record trash. In addition to our regular cleanups, the program provides a venue for community members and students alike to record the debris they find on local beaches in an official capacity.

What is Marine Debris?

Marine debris is any manmade object discarded, disposed of or abandoned that enters the coastal or marine environment.

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Do a Clean Up

Are you interested in organizing a beach clean up of your own?

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Found Marine Debris?

Record marine debris you have found.

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Our protocols follow those set forth by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the NOAA Marine Debris Shoreline Survey Field Guide to collect and document marine debris along the coast. We hope to record not just the amount of debris we find but also identify the source of the debris. Source identification will allow us to take steps to prevent the debris from entering the marine environment in the first place. The beaches monitored for this program include places where currents are likely to wash up debris and are heavily impact by local beach goers.