Bags of plastic pellets wash up on Sunset Beach (Credit: Gerry Blaksley

On Saturday 18th February 2023 Dubai’s coastline woke up to a sea of nurdles , with limited information on the scale of this spill, many are askingwhere did they come from, –who was managing their movement, –where were the nurdles travelling to? –who is responsible? How can we stop this happening again? Here’s what we know so far

Today we launch the results of our third Great Global Nurdle Hunt with more nurdle hunts, more nurdles and more volunteers taking part than ever before.


The Great Global Nurdle Hunt is in full swing around the world, and we have received loads of submissions from Scotland to Sri Lanka already. Nurdle hunters are helping us to build a global database of nurdle pollution. But what can nurdle hunts and this evidence achieve?

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt has launched today at the International Marine Debris Conference in Busan, Korea and we've already had some nurdle hunt results submitted to our map from around the world! Join hundreds of other groups, organisations and individuals in the worldwide search for nurdles, read more to find out how to get involved!

Following the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we're rearranging some of our work as a mark of respect.The Great Global Nurdle Hunt will now be launching on Tuesday 20th September 2022 and running until the Sunday 17th October 2022.

ClientEarth and others[1] are working to stop the expansion of nurdle manufacturing plants in the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

Registration is now open for the Great Global Nurdle Hunt 🌎. Let us know you're taking part by signing up!


An investigation carried out by Greenpeace Italia looking into nurdle pollution in the South of Italy has discovered a new hotspot of nurdle pollution in the Brindisi region, thought to be caused by local industry.

The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 🌎 is back! Join us this September 19th - October 17th 2022. This year we are theming the hunt around big spills. Find out how you can get involved. 


We would like to hear your views! We have launched the great nurdle hunt survey to learn more about your nurdle hunt experiences and how you think we can improve the Great Nurdle Hunt.


Nearly a million nurdles have been collected in just 2 hours by the organisation Good Karma Projects during a nurdle clean up effort in November 2021. This is the highest number of nurdles we have heard of being collected in just a 2 hour period, indicating the severity of nurdle pollution in the Tarragona region.