The public is applauded for their effort in collecting nurdles, organising cleanups, creating awareness and contributing to our database. Thank you to each and every one of you for making a difference.
Please view the map below which shows public contributions of nurdles sightings along South Africa's coastline over time. The contributions are from various sources including CoastKZN, KZN Marine Waste Network and various other social media sources.
Click on the About button (top right) for more information on using the time slider and navigating the map.
Tasked Response Efforts
Collecting plastic nurdles from along the entire KZN coast is now seen as a long term task. It has involved many concerned members of the public in addition to appointed and volunteer organisations. WildOceans has been tasked with coordinating
the collection effort from three sources: RESOLVE / DRIZIT (appointed by MSC Shipping), A R Brink and Associates, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA: Working for the Coast teams) and the volunteer effort from the KZN Marine Waste Network.
The cleanup operations will be halted at all popular bathing areas along the KZN coast from December 15, 2017 till January 8, 2018. Plastic nurdles cleanup operations will now focus on priority estuaries and remote beaches in KwaZulu-Natal
to allow bathers and beach users access to enjoy the festive period without interruptions. Some of the areas which have been prioritized for now are the uThukela Mouth and aMatigulu/ iNyoni lagoon.
Weekly reports are sent by WildOceans to CoastKZN for uploading of data. The map and graphs below shows the coordinated cleanup effort. “Zones” refer to the 5 regions allocated to the DEA Working for the Coast teams.
|NOTE: While there are presently gaps in the data collected, this should improve with time and as formal collecting teams become more familiar with the data collecting process that complements the cleanup effort. Collectors
are presently using supermarket shopping bags, without standardisation of size and/or weight collected. They will have scales provided so that this can be done in future. We are awaiting the standardisation of what they refer to as “bags”.
Data Available to Date
The map below shows official contributions of nurdles cleanups along the coastline over time shown as effort (# bags collected / # collectors). To begin the timeline click play on the time slider (bottom). To view more information about each cleanup
click on a point on the map. To find out further how to navigate the map and use the time slider, click on the About button (top right).