Wash out for drift cards

Drift Card

Drift Card

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 03:15 PM.

“Drift cards” will soon be washing up on Franklin County beaches as part of a research project at Texas A&M University to study ocean currents.

The bright yellow cards have contact information and a request that finders report where they were found.

The project is the brainchild of Piers Chapman who has done similar research in Africa . There he released thousands of plastic cards. About 2 percent were recovered in places as far flung as Brazil and India.

“That was a much larger current system,” he said.

Chapman expects to recover a much larger percentage here. Twenty-five percent of the first 250 released on April 6 and 8 off the Louisiana coast have already been returned.

If you find and return a card, you become eligible for a monthly drawing, with the prize a $25 gift card.  The first winner was an Ohio native vacationing in Lynn Haven where she found her winning entry.

“It’s a fun way to track currents and to get people involved,” said Chapman.

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