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Blue Flag Turns 35!

Blue Flag International is celebrating 35 years of program delivery. The Blue Flag program began in 1987 in France. With EU support the program grew until it went international in 2001 when South Africa became the first non-european participating country. Currently, the Blue Flag program is operated in 50 countries with over 4800 sites–an increase of 200 sites since 2021. The program continues to grow internationally and is setting goals for the next ten years.  

Partner Updates

Staff will be presenting at several partner events which may be of interest: 


The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ASBPA will be holding a webinar May 24th from 12-1:30 pm Eastern. For more information on the Mid-Atlantic chapter visit their website at


ASBPA National Call for Abstracts

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association announces the Call for Abstracts for our hybrid National Coastal Conference on “Shifting Shores, Surf, and Sediment” to be held September 13-16, 2022 in Long Beach, California. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks to promote best management practices, while learning the latest science, engineering and policy needed to maintain and improve the health of our beachfront and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems. 

Oral Presentation and Dedicated Session Abstracts Due May 1, 2022, Poster Abstracts Due August 1, 2022

Summer Series

Blue Flag USA is hosting three virtual beach management networking discussions this summer May through July! Each session will be an hour and a half with two presentations on the topic followed by networking discussions between coastal practitioners. Topics include Educational Activities, Debris Management, and Plastics. Be on the lookout for more details about dates, times, and speakers. We look forward to sharing information and experiences from across the ASBPA network!


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