This project was initiated by the Pearl Protectors was a response to the MV X Press Pearl disaster which was deemed the worst marine disaster faced by Sri Lanka. A fire aboard the MV X Press Pearl caused containers to capsize into the ocean releasing a number of toxic chemicals as well as billions of plastic pellets called nurdles to be released into the ocean. Through volunteer mobilizations this project aims to clean as many beaches as possible along the western and southern coastlines removing nurdles and micro-plastics using a variety of special low-cost tools. Thus far this project has removed close to 2000 kgs of nurdles from the coastline of Sri Lanka.
This project is currently underway and has expanded its operations to the south coast of the island. For more information follow the Pearl Protectors on social media platforms.