Blog : Blue Ocean Society Adopt-a-Beach Program Gains Members

By Anna | Dec 4, 2014 | in

New Hampshire may have the smallest coastline in the United States, but unfortunately that isn't always reflected in the amount of marine debris found along its beaches. In 2013, Blue Ocean Society and its volunteers collected over 12,000 pounds of debris from southern Maine, New Hampshire, and northern Massachusetts. As part of their marine conservation efforts, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation organizes an adopt-a-beach program in New Hampshire where organizations can adopt a beach and organize their own monthly cleanups.

Recently two new organizations joined the list of adopt-a-beach groups to co-adopt the beach known as "Sunken Forest" or "Drowned Forest" at Odiorne Point. The area was named because at low tide you can still see the remains of trees that are several thousand years old. Southern New Hampshire University--Portsmouth and Peer Leaders--a group of engaged high school students from Portsmouth High School are joining together to ensure that this section of beach remains clean for both the people and animals that call this place home.

 
"Many of us at Southern New Hampshire University regularly enjoy New Hampshire's seacoast, and this is a way we can give back to our community by improving the environment," said Emma Wilson of Southern NH University in her Adopt-a-Beach application.

During Southern New Hampshire's first cleanup on October 19, 9 volunteers from SNHU picked up 27 pounds of litter. Peer Leaders will begin their cleanups at the start of the New Year. We thank both groups for their dedication to keep our coast clean. Interested in adopting a section of beach? Contact Abby Gronberg at abby@blueoceansociety.org for more details.

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a non-profit organization based in Portsmouth, NH. Their mission is to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research, and conservation. To learn more about Blue Ocean Society and the adopt-a-beach program please click here or call (603) 431-0260.

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