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Talking Trash for Clean Oceans!

Salem Sound Coastwatch is one of 10 groups across the nation being funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach.

Our two-year Salem community-based campaign 2015-2016 implemented the following:


Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Leadership Project - a service-learning opportunity in which the teens will meet weekly with SSCW staff after school to learn about marine debris, survey local neighborhoods, and design and implement activities to change behaviors. Teens will also design a reusable shopping bag to distributed in their community.


Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Discovery Day - 4th and 6th graders in the Salem Public Schools will participate in hands-on activities where they will learn about marine debris and make the connection between trash on the street and the health of the oceans.


Talking Trash Discovery Booklet -every student will be given one to take home to share with their families as a way to reinforce the learning from the Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Discovery Fair. View Splash the Turtle online.


Coastal cleanups will be held in the spring and include a boat trip over to Misery Island for the teens and their friends and families to pick up marine debris and explore the island.


We welcome and thank our Partners:

LEAP for Education

Salem Academy Charter School

City of Salem Public Schools

Sea Station, and their boat, Endeavour

Peabody Essex Museum

New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center

CSL Americas

NOAA Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach


Talking Trash for Clean Oceans GOAL to prevent marine debris by

All of the unique materials, curricula, and interventions conducted during this project will be replicable, including a boxed edition to be housed at the New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center.


"Drain SmART Salem"

A 2016 teen project was to work with the Salem Public Art Director, Deborah Greel, to select sites and artists to paint tasteful, educational murals on city stormdrains all around downtown Salem! Murals illustrate the connection between stormdrains and the ocean....that stormdrains lead directly into the ocean and can transport harmful chemicals and trash into the marine environment.

The latest addition by Kevin O'Connell and Natasha Lee Evans - onwaves design - to Drain SmART Salem! Splash says all stormdrains "drain to the ocean!" Listen to Splash, he's a smart Turtle!
A HUGE thank you for funding this and other local projects goes to
NOAA Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach.



Check out Paint in the Park, one of our 20115 teens' service project
for Talking Trash for Cleaner Oceans

Learn more about marine debris.