Drone Survey and Cleanup
Island Beach State Park
March 2, 2018
The following images were taken following a drone survey on Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. A 50 meter by 6meter area of the survey was selected to collect and classify the types and quantity of litter deposited on the beach. The results are typical for the type of marine litter we have recorded on the beach during the past four months. If the sand were sifted to a depth of 1 foot we would expect to find 2-3 times as much litter. For example, the soft plastic bags, bottle caps, balloons, etc are easily covered by sand and show only a small portion on top of the sand.
Types of plastic in the collection shown above. Total items 247
Bottle caps - 63; plastic fragments on white towels 62;
Straws - 19; rope/string - 14; food/candy wrappers - 22;
Balloons - 6 with multiple loose strings from other ballons;
Soft plastic bags - 12; hard plastic - 34
Plastic dring bottles - 9; Glass bottles - 2;
Large plastic - 3 drink; partial plastic container - 1
This is just a small periodic sample. but it is consistent with what we are finding in our beach drone surveys.