Marine Debris Removal

Aquatic Research and Monitoring removes marine debris from the Salish Sea.  We traverse the shores by way of our 34’ landing craft removing plastic, Styrofoam, netting, creosote chunks and other garbage from local waters and beaches.  Using our landing craft makes it possible to remove marine debris directly from the waters and to gain access to remote beaches that are not normally accessible by land due to steep banks.   Aquatic Research and Monitoring removes marine debris from public beaches, from private beaches upon request and from tidal currents of the Salish Sea.

San Juan Islands Marine Debris Program

The 2019 International Coastal Clean-up was the kick-off event for our marine debris removal program in the San Juan Islands.  On Sept. 21st, 2019 Aquatic Research and Monitoring, in partnership with Puget Soundkeeper and Washington Coast Savers, scoured the San Juan Islands for marine debris.  In only 6 hours and with only 6 people we collected nearly a half ton of marine debris from the San Juan Islands!

Thanks to a grant from the Fish America Foundation and the Brunswick Public Foundation, along with the support of Washington Department of Natural Resources, this clean-up program in the San Juan Islands will continue in 2020. For 2 days each month, from March through June, Aquatic Research and Monitoring, Puget Soundkeeper and Washington Coast Savers will be on the water removing marine debris from the San Juan Islands.

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Partners & Supporters

Rising Tide Charters
Department of Natural Resources
The Brunswick Foundation
FishAmerica Foundation
Washington CoastSavers
Puget Soundkeeper