With the free Marine Debris Tracker app from the University of Georgia and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), users report the type of debris and its location through GPS features pre-installed on a cell phone.

With plastic bags, cans, abandoned or lost fishing gear and other marine debris washing up on our shores each year, the app could help combat the marine debris problem, according to NOAA. The app tracks where marine debris is accumulating and gives anyone with a „smart phone“ an opportunity to be a part of the solution, said the app’s developers.

The data reported by users are posted at www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu for viewing and downloading. The app also encourages users to recycle or properly dispose of the trash they find.
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OurAmazingPlanet 01 Jun 2011

New app makes it easy for beachgoers to report marine debris
Use your smart phone to tackle a growing problem

Summer is around the corner and millions of people worldwide will be heading to beaches and waterways for sun and fun. Will they find clean beaches and clear waterways?

With bottles, cans, abandoned or lost fishing gear and other marine debris washing up on our shores each year, the University of Georgia and NOAA have teamed up to create a new, innovative cell phone reporting mechanism to combat the marine debris problem. This high-tech tool, or app, tracks where marine debris is accumulating and gives anyone with a “smart phone” an opportunity to be a part of the solution.

The easy-to-use Marine Debris Tracker app can be downloaded free for use on iPhones and Android phones (through Android Market). The simple tool allows users to report the type of debris and its location through GPS features pre-installed on a cell phone. The data reported are posted at www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu for viewing and downloading. The app also encourages users to recycle or properly dispose of the trash they find. ….

Source: NOAA

More information about the apps:

http://www.androidpit.de/de/android/market/apps/app/edu.uga.engr.geolog.marinedebristrack/Marine-Debris-Tracker

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marinedebristracker/id432758761

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