Grand Bay NERR to host presentation on Nurdle Patrol May 21

19-27-CWS | May 15, 2019

BILOXI, Miss. – The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) is hosting a presentation featuring Jace Tunnell, director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve, about Nurdle Patrol on Tuesday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


Nurdles are small plastic pellets and are the basis of everything plastic. They look like food to animals, and they absorb other toxins in the environment so can be deadly to some animals depending on the toxin concentrations. These pellets are washing up on beaches across the Gulf of Mexico.


Jace Tunnell is traveling across all five Gulf states in the month of May collecting nurdles and giving presentations about Nurdle Patrol, the Gulf-wide Citizen Science Project that is tracking the numbers of plastic pellets washing up on Gulf beaches. Tunnell is looking to gather information about where nurdles are located across the Gulf of Mexico, removing the nurdles from the environment and creating awareness about the nurdle issue to help find the source.


The presentation will be held at the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center, located at 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Moss Point, Miss. For more information, contact Sandra Huynh at


The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at