About Survey Options

There are two kinds of surveys offered by this site at launch:

  • Casual or ad-hoc Survey
  • Formal Beach Survey

Casual or ad-hoc Survey

The casual or ad-hoc survey allows any registered user of the TeachWild site to log marine debris sightings whenever and wherever they are observed.

For example if you are walking along a beach, or snorkelling, or scuba diving, swimming, canoeing, or at the mouth of the river and you see marine debris such as plastic bags, bottles, ropes and nets then you can log them in this site with minimal formality or effort. Click here to view and download incidental data forms

How to log a casual sighting:

Step 1: click here for casual wildlife sightings


Step 2: click here for a debris sightings

Having problems? Click here for a how-to-guide!

Standardised Beach Surveys

The beach survey on the other hand is a standard method for surveying a beach using formal techniques to produce a scientifically rigorous assessment of marine debris presence and impact in a specific location.

Check out the Survey guidelines or click here to view and download survey data forms

How to log Beach Survey data:

Step 1: Enter data about the beach by clicking on Beach Survey form

Step 2: Enter transect data by clicking on the Transect data form . Note you need to complete a separate form for each transect completed

Step 3: Complete the size class data for each transect using the Size class data form

Step 4: Click on see what's logged to check out your records.


Because the best place for scientifically valuable data is in databases we are currently working on adding beach survey data capture forms to the site so you can bring back your paper Beach Survey results and put the data straight into the system for 'real time' reporting on the health of our marine environment!

What is Marine debris?

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities lists -

Common items of marine debris include
Plastic bottles Fishing nets Food packaging
Crates Cigarette butts Gloves
Buckets Rope Fishing gear
Packing materials Light globes Plastic bags

Note - this is by no means an exhaustive list - for example the beach survey has more categories.

This chart from the South West Marine Debris Cleanup in Tasmania shows a typical break down of stuff