Home » NEWS » Education » Beachcombers can look for research project's 'drift cards'

Beachcombers can look for research project's 'drift cards'

GULF OF MEXICO — A Texas A&M University research program could put cash in a finder’s pocket for something that washes ashore along the Gulf of Mexico.

So-called “drift cards” are meant to study ocean currents. People who report the location of the biodegradable notes will be eligible to win a $25 gift card.

Piers Chapman, who is head of oceanography at A&M, says the project is co-funded by oil giant BP as part of its $500 million Gulf of Mexico research initiative. The program was established to study the effects of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

The yellow cards are written in English and Spanish. About 250 drift cards were released in early April and about 40 responses have been received as of this week. An estimated 5,000 cards will be released in the next few months.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Megan Wright

Leave a Reply