Nurdle Patrol

Gulf Nurdle Expedition: Filling the Gaps (May 19-26th, 2019)

Join the Mission-Aransas Reserve and the Nueces River Authority for a nurdle collection at a beach near you, or maybe even a presentation.

nurdle expedition


Nurdle Patrol

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


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. We 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.

Want to participate in collecting data, here are 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


Any question? Contact

Want to be part of the Nurdle Patrol community on Facebook and keep up with the latest on data and surveys? Click HERE!

DATA: November 2018 to March 2019, Gulf of Mexico (top) and Texas (bottom). Images created by Dr. Lindsay Scheef

Gulf map March 2019

TX map March 2019