Be a citizen scientist

If you want to start gathering your own data, or contribute to our projects, there are a number of ways you can get started. If you have questions, contact our lab manager, France Liboiron at

Contribute to CLEAR projects

Guts for science!: We collect the guts of animals caught for food from around Newfoundland, Labrador, and other northern areas to investigate the amounts, types, and trends of plastics they ingest. We are looking at cod, arctic char, seal, eider duck, and snow geese. We would like to expand the types of animals and locations we monitor in. If you would like to be involved, see our page on how to gather guts for analysis

Citizen Science Fish Tag Mapping: Plastics move from the ocean around Newfoundland, Canada, to the coasts of Scotland and beyond. We are asking people to send in Canadian fishing tags when they find them on the shores so we can use them to chart where the plastics started from, and where they end up. The expertise of Scottish beachcomber Martin Gray is central to this project. For more information or to send in your tag information, see our page on this project.

Shoreline clean ups: Many groups do regular shoreline clean ups. You can log what you clean up and turn it into data for scientists like us to use! Your data is also publicly available and your group can use it to track the amounts and types of debris from year to year. Just use the Marine Debris Tracker App when you do your clean up– we can access the data through the app!

An up to date of our projects is here. 

Conduct your own study

We have a list of open source tools and protocols here that can guide you through creating your own studies on marine plastic pollution.

Photo from “How We Do Science” by Bojan Furst.