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Citizen science collection of beached fish tags

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 here.

Pollution is Colonialism

Colonialism in Canada is an ongoing structure whereby settler society and government assert sovereignty over lands already occupied by Indigenous peoples. This includes disrupting and exterminating Indigenous life, values, and self-determination, as well as disruption of established relationships between bodies, lands, waters, airs, plants, animals and other beings.

Plastics & methylmercury

In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, methylmercury is a contaminant of growing concern. As plastics attract heavy metals, we look at the relationship between them, and whether there is a possibility for using citizen science to monitor the contaminant.

CLEAR @ Lives & Afterlives of Plastic conference

The “Lives and Afterlives of Plastic” is an online conference conceived of as a forum to facilitate and an interdisciplinary dialogue on the social and environmental issues that surround plastic. CLEAR has several papers in the conference, including our own panel:

Guidelines: designing equitable scientific tools

When we design scientific instruments, we think of about users that are scientists with degrees in well-funded institutions, but also rural Newfoundlanders, who also have research questions and a right to answer them. To this end, we have several guidelines for how we design and build our tools.

We want your food fish guts!

Dates & locations for collection, as well as instructions for how you can bag & tag your guts for us- we’ll pick them up!

LADI Trawl

The LADI trawl is an open source, scientific surface trawl for monitoring marine plastics. You can build your own for $500 or less.

Equity in Author Order

The order of authors on a published scholarly article matters in academia: the first author gets the most credit for…

Plastic Entanglement Trap (P.E.T.)

The P.E.T. is a do-it-yourself ocean plastic monitoring device based on filtering plastics through a mesh bag containing textured balls constructed out of materials easily found in household settings.

Classification of marine debris by citizen scientists

This project tests three different ways of classifying marine waste to determine how different methods of affect dimensions of data quality and highlight different areas of common knowledge and concern for citizen scientists.