Beach Trash

Beach litter at Discovery Park in Seattle includes a plastic shotgun wad, pieces of glass (green), a metal bottle cap (right foreground) and a piece of brick (far right).

Over the course of five years, citizen scientists throughout Oregon and Washington collected data on the distribution of garbage found on beaches.

Scientists at the University of Washington analyzed the data to look for trends, and published their findings in the Marine Pollution Bulletin in August.


Reporter Maddie Smith: msmith@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Maddie_SVH

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