Quarterly Lumber Survey
Large Debris survey teams document characteristics for each debris item they encounter on a survey, with one exception: lumber.
Marine Debris: Tallying 1, 2, 3
When should you tally? The short answer: When EVERYTHING is the same! We are a bit flexible on exact length and weathering matches - these would prevent tallying in most cases.
Inside a debris survey
It’s the wrack zone that’s so difficult to figure out—where it begins, where it ends. “See, there’s a piece,” says Adelia Ritchie, pointing to a short scrap of seagrass, and then another, and another. “You can see there’s sort of a whole band all along here.”