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Marine Debris Tracker

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At least 8 million metric tons of plastic pollutes our ocean every year.

Debris Tracker has been tracking litter since before smartphones even existed and are committed to uniting technology and citizen science in their fight for ocean conservation.

You can join their crew by helping them to collect data on inland and marine waste via their easy to use App and join a crew that has already collected over 8 million items of debris!

WHAT

Support scientific effort to understand the source of plastic pollution

HOW

Record data on inland and marine debris with an easy-to-use app, contributing to an open data platform and scientific research.

WHERE (LAND) 

Global

WHERE (SEA) 

All Seas

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GOOD TO KNOW

You don't have to be near an ocean to use the app -Plastic pollution starts upstream, so wherever you are in the world, your data is an important piece of the puzzle. Debris Tracker started in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, but the app is now used to track data both inland and on the coast.

RUN BY

Powered by Morgan Stanley in partnership with National Geographic Society and the University of Georgia

SUITABLE FOR

Beginner

PARTICIPANT LOCATION

Inshore (<12nm), Coast/Beach

PROJECT SOCIALS 

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FOOD WRAPPERS, WATER BOTTLES, BOTTLE CAPS, WHAT'S ON LAND CAN BE WASHED DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. AS WE THINK ABOUT THIS MISMANAGED WASTE ON LAND, IT IS EASY TO THINK, WELL, YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT IN THE WATER RIGHT NOW. I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT. IF OUR WASTE IS ENDING UP IN THE OCEAN, WE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING WRONG ON LAND.

Dr Jenna Jambeck, co-lead of the Sea to Source Plastic Expedition

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