Island Trails Network is gearing up and seeking volunteers for a remote marine debris cleanup around Afognak, Raspberry, Whale and Kodiak Island from September 20th – September 26th, 2021. This is a great opportunity to join an all-expenses-paid seven-day trip on the Island C with room and board provided while making the world a better place, one beach at a time. While living aboard on a contracted vessel, volunteers will go to beach sites for the removal of marine debris. Each workday may be physically challenging, but is very rewarding seeing the results of a cleaner coastline immediately. A grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is funding this expedition, which closes at the end of 2021. Under NOAA, we have approximately 11 tons of marine debris removed out of our goal of 15 tons. We hope to get to the 15 ton mark by the end of this trip.

The three main objectives on this trip are: 1. Prevent entanglement; 2. Prevent ingestion; and 3. Restore critical habitat. To ensure these objectives occur, volunteers will: 1. Remove synthetic lines and ropes, which threaten most marine mammal species; 2. Remove medium and large sized plastics before they become microplastics; and 3. Stage all marine debris at the port of Kodiak for eventual sorting, analysis and recycling.

Although social distancing is not practical aboard ship, they will require either a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure or proof of vaccination for all volunteers and vessel crew.

This is a first-come, first-served opportunity so please contact Hana at hana@islandtrails.org or 907-205-5222 ext. 2 if interested.