Marine Debris Tracker: Fight Marine Debris with Your Phone!

Posted Thu, 08/11/2016 - 12:54

Marine Debris Tracker App icon.Interested in getting involved in the fight against marine debris but not sure how? Consider downloading the Marine Debris Tracker app and fight debris with your phone!

Marine debris is one of the most pervasive global threats to the health of our ocean. Monitoring where marine debris is found provides important information that can be used to track the progress of prevention efforts, add value to beach cleanups, and inform solutions. The Marine Debris Tracker provides a unique opportunity for you to get involved in collecting marine debris data in your community by allowing users to easily report debris sightings at any time. The Tracker is completely mobile and data can be entered anywhere, even without mobile service! As less of a time-commitment than the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP), the Tracker app is a great way to get involved without getting in over your head!

This mobile application is a joint effort between the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI), run out of the University of Georgia College of Engineering. Since its creation in 2010, over 958,000 debris items have been logged from 46 countries!

Be a part of this global effort by tracking debris near you! Use it while on your morning walk, as part of a class project, or while cleaning up your local shore. Grab your phone and go!

Marine debris beach cleanup volunteers track shoreline debris using the Marine Debris Tracker app.
Volunteers track shoreline debris using the Marine Debris Tracker app. (Photo Credit: SEA-MDI)