The Great Global Nurdle Hunt

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020

Sea Shepherd Australia's Marine Debris Campaign is once again taking part in The Great Global Nurdle Hunt, 13-22 March 2020 and we need your help! At our participating clean-ups during this week we will be asking participants to hit the beach and go searching for nurdles.

So what are nurdles and why are we looking for them?

Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. These pellets are the building blocks of the plastics industry and billions of them are used each year to make all the plastic products.

Spills and mishandling by industry can mean nurdles end up at sea with many washing up on our shores. Nurdles can escape into waterways if spills occur, which can happen at any stage of the production, transport or conversion process.

Like other plastics, nurdles can be mistaken for food by marine wildlife like seabirds, fish, and crustaceans. Once polluting our environment, they can pose a threat to these creatures and habitats for years to come.

We need your help to find and remove these dangerous plastics from our beaches, so join Sea Shepherd at one of the many nurdle hunt clean-up events happening around the country.

Saturday 14th March 2020

 •   Redhead Beach NSW

Sunday 15th March 2020

    •   Port Melbourne VIC
    •   Semaphore Beach SA
    •   Port Adelaide SA
    •   Kings Beach QLD
    •   Cottesloe Beach WA
    •   Bathers Beach WA
Sunday 22nd March 2020
    •    Yoga Beach West Island, Cocos Keeling Islands

The results of our Australian nurdle hunts will be shared with the main organisers of the Great Global Nurdle Hunt, and combined with other global data on nurdles will establish and inform wider dialogue with industry and governments. The dataset from the global hunt will help illustrate to industry the global scale and severity of the issue.
We hope you can make it to a Sea Shepherd clean-up as we join the Great Global Nurdle Hunt and build the evidence base to help stop plastic pollution.

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