Beach microplastics

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Given that plastics break down slowly so can persist for a long time, can serve as sources or vectors of toxins, and can enter into coastal food webs, it is important to understand the abundance of microplastics (plastics <5mm in diameter) on NH beaches. Join us in working with Dr. Gabriela Bradt (NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension) to quantify the prevalence of microplastics on NH beaches.  We will collect sand samples from beaches subject to high and low levels of use. Plastics will then be sorted from the samples to determine the amount present.

Sampling for this project will occur in April and August of 2014. Training is mandatory for new participants and is encouraged as a refresher for past participants.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Alyson Eberhardt at alyson.eberhardt@unh.edu or 603.862.6709 for more information or schedule a training session.