Maine Observatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popham Beach (Maine)

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2016 Sampling
(date, sample point, weight, team, comments)

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Date
(day/month/year)

Sample Point

Weight (g/l)

Team

Comments

02/04/2016

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4

5

0

0

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0

UMaine Overall, very clean. The orange plastic fragment in the photo was ~7mm x 9mm.

Example Photo: Pt. 5

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19/03/2016

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0

0

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UMaine Overall, beach was very clean of plastics. Lots of organic debris, especially along the river outlet. Four mangled lobster traps were found along the southern length of the beach.

Example Photo: Pt. 2

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13/03/2016

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5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Samples taken at old pts. 1 and 2 (from 2015). Beach was very clean.

Example Photo: Old Pt. 2

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06/03/2016

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5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Samples taken at old pts. 1 and 2 (from 2015). Beach was very clean. In the photo there is a small piece of polystyrene (~5mm x 7mm).

Example Photo: Pt. 2

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21/02/2016

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UMaine Very clean, lots of people out walking the beach - many with dogs.

Example Photo: Pt. 3

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07/02/2016

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UMaine Beach is very clean, a few examples of macro debris include: a rubber glove, a diaper, a bait bag, and fishing line.

Example Photo: Pt. 3

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17/01/2016

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UMaine Shifted points to sample along the confluence of the Kennebec River into the North Atlantic. Beach is very clean, a few larger plastic fragments, small plastic liquor bottles, and pieces of polystyrene foam.

Example Photo: Pt. 1

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2015 Sampling
(date, sample point, weight, team, comments)

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Date
(day/month/year)

Sample Point

Weight (g/l)

Team

Comments

15/12/2015

1

2

3

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Calm sea, very clean apart from a few lobster traps and other debris from fishing (ropes, buoy foam). Shifted pts 1 & 2 to facilitate more efficient sampling.

Example Photo: Pt. 1

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10/12/2015

1

2

3

4

5

-

-

-

-

-

UMaine Visited Popham State Park, but did not do full sampling. Check webcam on main changing room/bathroom building (not working). Move points: one straight out from main building, keep pts. 3 and 4. Very clean, a few rope pieces, lobster claw bands.
13/11/2015

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2

3

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Pts 1-2: Hard to see high tideline due to  blowing sand and rain from night before, so I approximated and went based on where seaweed was deposited. Another dead seal - seems to have been recently washed ashore (no flies, etc.).
Pts 3-5: Difficult to follow tideline due to blown/blowing sand. No MPs, maybe they get blown w/wind? Very windy by now. Overall, very clean.

Example Photo: Pt. 1

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30/10/2015

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5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Pts 1-2: Lots of blowing sand, hard to see high tideline; much flatter beach profile. Overall, very clean.

Example Photo: Pt. 3

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14/10/2015

1

2

3

4

5

-

-

0

0

0

UMaine Did not have time to reach pts 1-2. Overall, very clean.

Example Photo: Pt. 2

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29/09/2015

1

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5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Few other people, tide reaches much closer to the base of the dune. Overall, very clean.

Example Photo: Pt. 3

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20/09/2015

1

2

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5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Tourist season has ended, only a few other people at this beach today. Steeper slope to beach profile, some ledges and "cliffs" forming at pts 3-5. Overall, very clean. Found 1 milk jug, 1 soda bottle (Coca-cola), and 1 intact buoy at pt 5.

Example Photo: Pt. 4

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30/08/2015

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0

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UMaine Very croweded beach day; summer vacationers. Very clean.

Example Photo: Pt. 4

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14/08/2015

1

2

3

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

UMaine Very crowded beach day; summer vacationers. For all the people, little trash at pts 3-5. Plastic marine debris between pts 1-2 is mostly fishing-related (ropes, bait bags, buoys, etc.) and also plastic shipping straps.

Example Photo: Pt. 1

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