Overstrand Municipality has asked members of the public to be on the lookout for any nurdles that may be found along our coastline and to report sightings to help track the movements of these potentially lethal little beads.
The tiny pellets of plastic - known as nurdles - were first reported on the Gansbaai shoreline on 26 October, barely a week after vast quantities initially washed up on Durban’s shores. This, after two shipping containers housing 49 tons of nurdles pitched off a Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessel that broke its moorings and collided with another ship in Durban Harbour. The containers and packaging ruptured, effectively ejecting hundreds of millions of nurdles into the sea.
According to Overstrand’s Environmental Department, nurdles were spotted on Grotto and Voëlklip Beaches as well. “Thus far we have only had a few reports of them washing up on our coast.