Emerald Coast Chapter

We are the beach people. The surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen, swimmers, beach runners, and walkers. We are activists who want to protect the ocean environment, and our access to it! The ocean and beaches are our playground! More Details
April 17, 2015

Coastal Monitoring Coalition

Participate in a free, fun beach monitoring training session and be a part of citizen science!

What: Beach monitoring training session
When: Saturday, April 18th, 10am-12pm
Where: Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center
260 Clubhouse Drive,
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Who: Everyone!

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. Here’s a look at what to expect:

Petty Officer Paul Burnett, USCG
Our current DWH responder will discuss how to report a pollution indecent 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.

Roy Collins

Roy Collins with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management will present post response monitoring efforts which will include impacted areas along Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Ft. Morgan. He will have samples of current oil removed from the beaches so attendees can understand what the current weathered oil from the 2010 incident looks like today.

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.