Nurdle Patrol

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, December 31, 2022 (All day)

Location: Your Local Beach

Coordinating Agency: Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve / University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute

Contact Name: Jace Tunnell

Contact Email:


Nurdle Patrol!

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

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.

The objectives of the project include:

1. To gather information about where nurdles are located across Texas and the rest of the Gulf of Mexico

2. Remove the nurdles from the environment

3. Create awareness about the nurdle issue

Visit the Nurdle Patrol website and/or join the Nurdle Patrol Facebook group to learn how to participate in the project!

Website: Nurdle Patrol