Going Global! Tagging Down-Under.

The Plastic Tide are delighted to announce the addition of Australian beaches for our citizen scientists like YOU to tag!

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Partnering with two amazing Aussies, Martin Leahy of Australian UAV and Jackie Dujmovic and her team at Hover UAV has made this possible. Both Martin and Jackie are passionate about drones and plastic pollution in our oceans and are using their skills to capture images of beaches for our citizen science portal! 

Jackie Dujmovic, Hover UAV

Jackie Dujmovic, Hover UAV

Martin Leahy, Australian UAV

Martin Leahy, Australian UAV

We’re excited to say this launch was marked with a fantastic beach clean with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Surfrider Foundation and Jack Johnson’s All At Once community on Nov 12th at the gorgeous Port Kembla beach clean-up, just south of Sydney.

View of Port Kembla looking south from Wollongong Lighthouse, Australia.

View of Port Kembla looking south from Wollongong Lighthouse, Australia.

Learning at play, kids getting involved in the beach clean.

Learning at play, kids getting involved in the beach clean.

Jackie is delighted to say the beach clean resulted in;

  • A whopping 135 Volunteers
  • Nearly 400 drone survey images
  • 85kg of waste removed, 
  • Broken down by:
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The haul, all 85kgs of it!

The haul, all 85kgs of it!

This collaboration with Jackie and Martin means The Plastic Tide can use their expertise in drone operation and local beaches to capture valuable images from Austrailia. These images add yet more variety to the beach imagery for tagging, a key part of helping improve the algorithm accuracy. The variety will mean the algorithm has wider repertoire of background beaches to help it distinguish plastics.

Jackie and Martin also do great work in engaging with local communities and use beach cleans and online tagging with The Plastic Tide to raise awareness and change behaviours to fight rising tide of plastics!

Tagging with two screens - productive!

Tagging with two screens - productive!

The first set of drone images are live here.  Get Tagging!

We're excited about future drone surveys from Hover UAV and Australian UAV and from around the world. The Plastic Tide is talking with a number of different individuals and organisations around the world about collaborating on drone images - the next could be in the New Jersey Area!

Watch this space!