Online Resources – Microplastics and Waterways

Topic Key

Biological Consequences

Marine Debris Concepts


Sources of Marine Debris

Strategies for Mitigation

Interactive Tools

StoryMap: Marine Debris in Coastal Parks

"Marine debris comes in different sizes and poses a range of threats to parks, including damage to coastal habitats and risks to animals from entanglement or ingestion, as well as potential impacts from toxic contamination. "

Source: ArcGIS StoryMaps

Useful Websites

Break Free From Plastic

"The #breakfreefromplastic Movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in 2016, more than 8,000 organizations and individual supporters from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis."

Source: Break Free From Plastic

Microplastics Madness

"Microplastic Madness is the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn - living on the frontline of the climate crisis - whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. "

Source: Cafeteria Culture

Plastic Soup Foundation

"Stop the plastic soup tsunami as soon as possible! If we do not achieve this, we are leaving future generations with a terrible plastic plague. We are a ‘single issue’ environmental organization that is concerned with one thing: stopping plastic pollution at its source."

Source: Plastic Soup Foundation

Community Science Projects

Nurdle Patrol

"Nurdle Patrol started in November 2018 after a large number of plastic pellets washed up on Mustang and North Padre Islands in Texas during September 2018. We are looking to gather information about where nurdles are located, remove the nurdles from the environment, and create awareness about the nurdle issue." To access the Nurdle Patrol training video, click here.

Source: Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve


PC Microplastics Sampling

With the help of our Community Scientists we will learn where plastic is accumulating and quantify how much is being found and how quickly it is settling. This information will help with other projects in the future and inform how Louisiana and the Gulf States approach this problem in our region.

Source: Pontchartrain Conservancy


The Big Microplastics Survey

"The Big Microplastic survey is a collaborative citizen science project being undertaken by UK registered charity, Just One Ocean and the University of Portsmouth. The project began in July 2018 and numerous individuals and organisations from around the world have joined the programme."

Source: Just One Ocean / University of Portsmouth