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THE 2017 NEW HAMPSHIRE COASTAL CLEANUP

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September 12, 2017

THE 2017 NEW HAMPSHIRE COASTAL CLEANUP: BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS BACK TO THE BEACH FOR SOME LUCKY NEW HAMPSHIRE STUDENTS
Hundreds to Collect Trash, Record Data for Marine Research on Friday, Sept. 15
 
It may be September, but some New Hampshire students are still heading for the
beach. Students from around the state will gather at ***** Hampton Beach, Rye Harbor State Park, Wallis Sands State Park, and North Beach in Hampton ***** on September 15th to participate in the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup. Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is coordinating the cleanup with funding from the New Hampshire Coastal Program. Students will pick up trash on the beach and record their findings on data cards for further study by Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and the Ocean Conservancy as part of their efforts to learn more about marine pollution, both locally and internationally.
 
This is no ordinary day at the beach. Before heading out to the cleanup, students will learn about the environmental problems related to marine debris, including the dangers to marine mammals, fish, and birds from entanglement or ingestion. Through their participation in the cleanup, students will have a hands-on experience with scientific data collection. Their trash tallies will contribute important data to ongoing research concerning the worldwide sources of marine debris, and this will help prevent more litter from showing up in its place.
 
****Last year, over 400 students, teachers and chaperones participated in the cleanup and collected 170 pounds of trash. The number one item collected was cigarette butts – almost 15,000 were collected by students. This year, more than 200 students from Portsmouth, Nottingham, Milton and Sanbornton will participate.*****
 
The New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup continues on Saturday, September 16, when several beaches will host cleanups open to the public. These include Jenness Beach in Rye at 9 AM,  Odiorne Point (Seacoast Science Center) 11 AM and Bass Beach in Rye at 2 PM. For more information or to sign up, call (603) 431-0260 or visit www.blueoceansociety.org.
 
The cleanup is funded, in part, by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act in conjunction with the NH Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program. The event is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup, the world's largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks.
 
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Jen Kennedy
Executive Director
 
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation
143 Pleasant St
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-0260 office / 603-834-0253 cell
www.blueoceansociety.org
 
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