CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Researchers are tracking and analyzing the trash that litters some Texas beaches.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times ( ) reported Tuesday that trash will be sampled, collected and examined as part of the research on where garbage ends up in coastal areas.

Katie Swanson, stewardship coordinator with Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve says Fish Pass, Padre Island National Seashore, San Jose Island Gulf Beach and Lighthouse Lakes in Redfish Bay will be surveyed once a month for three days. Each site was chosen based on the lack of maintenance in the area and human impact.

The amount and frequency of trash will be studied for two years starting next week with a $51,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Swanson and stewardship assistant Hunter Samberson hope the information gathered will influence policymakers to address ocean trash dumping.