LEEC eNews Bulletin: Nurdle Patrol Needs Your Help!

What are nurdles? Nurdles are very small plastic pellets used in the manufacture of plastic products (see below).

Nurdle Patrol is a citizen science project lead by the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. They are looking to gather information about where nurdles are located across Texas and the rest of the Gulf of Mexico, remove the nurdles from the environment, and create awareness about the nurdle issue. Nurdles are small plastic pellets and are the basis of everything plastic. They are small and look like food to animals, and they absorb other toxins in the environment so can be deadly to some animals depending on the toxin concentrations.

You can help. If you want to participate in collecting data, follow the instructions below, and click here for a training video

  • Find the high tide line with nurdles.
  • Collect nurdles for 10 minutes.
  • Write down number of nurdles collected, location, and date.
  • Take a picture of nurdles.
  • Email info to Jace.Tunnell@austin.utexas.edu