Citizen science collection of beached fish tags

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Scientists believe that plastics are moving from the ocean around Newfoundland, Canada, to the coasts of Scotland. You can create scientific data by collecting and logging data when you find the kind of fishing tags shown above.

Next time you are on the beach …

  1. Look for fishing tags!
    They are brightly coloured strips of plastic that usually have text and a number written on them.
  2.  Note the details.
    The date you found it, the name of the beach or body of water, what the tag has written on it.
  3. Email the data and a photo to:
  4. Mail the tag to closest location (or we can arrange a pick up)

Dr Max Liboiron
SN2012, Dept. Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. Johns, NL Canada, A1B 3XP


Dr Angela Capper
International Centre for Island Technology Heriot-Watt University
Old Academy, Back Road
Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
KW16 3AW

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!

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