CONSERVATION: Track beach trash from Georgia to North Carolina

Jul 18 2012

by Whitney Long

Beachcombers, residents, and volunteer groups can now use a smartphone application to help track litter on the beaches during clean-ups. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center ( has implemented a new program, called the Marine Debris Initiative, to get a better idea of where litter is a problem on Jekyll Island beaches. The Marine Debris Initiative is part of a larger program that runs from Georgia to North Carolina, called the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative, funded by NOAA.

To download the trash-tracker app:

To view beach litter data along the Atlantic Coast:

“However fragmented the world, however intense the national rivalries, it is an inexorable fact that we become more interdependent every day. I believe that national sovereignties will shrink in the face of universal interdependence. The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat.”

-Jacques Cousteau

We welcome Ramey Shirah as the newest contributor to The Southern C e-newsletter. Ramey has an exquisite eye for photography and a big heart for conservation and nature and combines both on her blog and twitter feed: and @goldenislesGA.


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Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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