The site I want to monitor doesn’t fit all of NOAA’s site selection criteria, what should I do?

The most important factor influencing site selection is your monitoring objective. For example, if you are interested in the debris deposited on the shoreline from a local river, consider selecting sites inside and outside of the area influenced by the river outflow to facilitate comparison. The site selection criteria listed in NOAA’s protocols should be used as a general guideline, met where possible, and assessed on a case-by-case basis.