Cohasset Students Find Marine Debris on MA Beaches

The shores of Cohasset, Massachusetts | Photo by Patrick, via Flickr.com

This summer, a group of students at the Cohasset Center for Students of Coastal Research has been visiting various beaches and shorelines around Cohasset, MA, collecting both trash and data. While the shoreline may look relatively clean, the students uncovered plenty of pollution in the form of plastic bags, food wrappers, straws, bottles and Styrofoam coffee cups.

“It only took 4 of us to find over 500 pieces of trash in under an hour,” says student Connie Chapman, in an article published by the Scituate Mariner.

The students, part of the Marine Debris Team at CCSCR, are very concerned over the growing amount of microplastics in the ocean. Microplastics are fragments of larger plastic items that become broken up by wave action into tiny pieces, which are then consumed by fish and other marine organisms. The team collected numerous jars of microplastics from area beaches.

Read more about the students at the Cohasset Center for Students of Coastal Research and their study on marine debris.