Welcome home marine debris COASSTers! On this page you will find data sheets, training videos, and answers to our most frequently asked questions about your surveys. If you’d like to join COASST marine debris surveys, please visit the Join Our Team page to read more about our program.

Mapping Your Survey

Determine the random sample locations for your small and medium debris surveys each month using our Mapping Your Survey app. You’ll need your beach name and the paces per meter measurement for this month’s pacer.

Data Sheets

The latest versions of the COASST data sheets can be found below. You should complete a copy of the Cover Sheet during each survey, but you only need to fill out a Small, Medium, or Large Debris Data Sheet if you find debris. Click to download a pdf.

COASST Cover Sheet

Mapping Your Survey

This 2-pager is a COASST Cover Sheet with a Mapping Your Survey form on the back, appropriate for Small and Medium Debris surveys.

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Small Debris Data Sheet

This 2-pager is a double sided Small Debris Data Sheet.

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Medium Debris Data Sheet

This 2-pager is a double sided Medium Debris Data Sheet.

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COASST Cover Sheet

Large Debris

This 2-pager is a COASST Cover Sheet with a Large Debris Data Sheet on the back.

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Large Debris Data Sheet

This 2-pager is a double sided Large Debris Data Sheet.

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Paces Per Meter Worksheet

This one-sided worksheet will guide you through the calculation of your paces per meter. We only need this information from you once, when you join our program! After that your personal measurement will be stored in our database.

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Training Videos

Mapping Your Survey

Each Small or Medium Debris survey is conducted at 3-5 random points across your beach. Here’s a video describing how to set up your 5-meter rectangles each month.

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Sampling Small Debris

How to use your sampling square to survey the beach for small debris (2.5mm-2.5cm).

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Sampling Medium Debris

How to use your 5-meter rope to survey the beach for medium debris (2.5cm-50cm).

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Walk the Line

How do you determine your personal paces per meter measurement? Here’s a video describing the steps pace the beach and complete the paces per meter worksheet.

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Get in the Zone

How do you measure and record each zone on your beach? This video describes zones and pacing.

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Digital Deep Dives: refresher recordings

Marine mammal reporting

In this video we discuss the reporting of marine mammals, on and off COASST marine debris surveys. Our participants can find stranding network numbers at this address: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/report and more identification resources at this address: https://mmapl.ucsc.edu/resources.

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Weird Debris

In this session, we identify marine debris items that are often found but not often recognized.

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Streamlining Debris Characterization: Large Debris Examples

In this video we cover large marine debris, including when and how to tally and characterize abundant and persistent items like lumber, bricks and concrete.

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Streamlining Debris Characterization: Medium Debris Examples

Sorting and tallying are strategies to streamline marine debris characterization. This video is a recording of a live demonstration using medium debris samples.

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Determining Beach Zones on Marine Debris Surveys

In this video, we review the what, where, why and how of beach zones during marine debris surveys, with many examples of tricky delineations using COASSTer submitted photos.

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FAQs

Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions. Not finding your question here? Feel free to email or call the COASST office.