A transcript of this video is available here.
We have found that plastics are moving from Newfoundland, Canada, to the rest of the world. You can create scientific data by collecting fishing tags from Newfoundland and Labrador and sharing information with CLEAR.
Next time you are on the beach …
- Look for fishing tags!
They are brightly coloured strips of plastic that have text and a number written on them. We’re looking for ones from “NL” but any that come from Canada are of interest.
- Note the details.
The date you found it, the name of the beach or body of water, what the tag has written on it.
- Email the data and a photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail the tag to closest location (or we can arrange a pick up if you’re local):
Dr Max Liboiron
SN2012, Dept. Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL Canada, A1B 3XP
The Fish Tag Citizen Science project aims to create a database of tags that have been found and map where they start and where they end up, using plastic pollution to map currents as well as to think about the scales and currents of accountability when plastic is a global pollutant.
Update: Nadia Duman, a graduate student in CLEAR, as done some preliminary work on the dataset and has mapped the tags as they move from the Atlantic region of Canada to the west coasts of many European countries. It’s clear that plastic waste travels in a certain direction! Stay tuned for more analysis and updates! And keep those fish tags coming in…