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Marine Debris Monitoring

Large marine debris objects, such as abandoned vessels and lost fishing gear, can have significant adverse effects on marsh habitats. However, the extent of the distribution and impact of marine debris on marsh habitats is unknown in South Carolina.  The first step in addressing this issue is to identify locations on which to focus marine debris removal efforts. Trained volunteers will assist with finding and recording the locations of large debris in North Inlet, as well as in the Charleston and Beaufort areas. This effort is part of the NOAA funded project Marine Debris and Abandoned Vessels: Identification, Reduction and Prevention through Community-based Education and Action, which is a partnership between the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, COSEE SouthEast, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Ocean & Coastal Resource Management, the South Carolina Aquarium, and the Charleston Waterkeeper.

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The Marine Debris Monitoring Data Sheet is available here.

View the Marine Debris Volunteer Monitor Manual.

Please contact Jen Plunket at or 843-904-09033.

NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System University of South Carolina Baruch Institute-USC Belle W. Baruch Foundation