The Surfrider Foundation’s Emerald Coast Chapter is partnering with knowledgeable and experienced coastal monitoring experts to bring you a first of its kind training session. Find out important information on endangered coastal species, beach pollution, coastal erosion, post-storm observations, and oil related impacts.

What: Beach monitoring training session
When: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30-9:00PM
Where: Escambia County Central Office Complex
3363 West Park Place, Room 104
Pensacola, FL 32505
Who: Everyone!

Here’s a look at what to expect:

Petty Officer Paul Burnett, USCG
Our current DWH responder will discuss how to report a pollution incident to the NRC. He will share photos of unique coastal species and how to properly report injured or dead marine life.

Joey Whibbs
Former DEP SCAT member with exceptional oil spill response experience. Joey will share his extensive knowledge regarding oil spills. He will also discuss the differentiation between oil, peat, discolored sand, and other frequently misreported substances.

Surfrider Foundation Emerald Coast:
Chapter leaders will share information regarding other common sources of beach pollution, including threats to the health of our oceans and sea life by plastics, cigarette butts, balloons, cans,  fishing line, etc. They will introduce you to a mobile app that can facilitate the reporting of pollution and wildlife concerns.