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International Coastal Cleanup

World Oceans Day

Over the past 26 years, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has become the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health. Last year, more than 600,000 volunteers from 114 countries and 46 states came out to help clean up the rivers, bays, and oceans of almost 9 million pounds of trash that would have ended up in our oceans, harming marine animals and fouling our beaches and parks.

The information volunteers collect on their debris data cards sets the International Coastal Cleanup apart from any other beach/waterway cleanup effort. The Ocean Conservancy publishes the annual data gathered during the International Coastal Cleanup in the Ocean Trash Index, an item-by-item, location-by-location accounting of marine debris picked up by volunteers on just one day. Organizations use the data to help promote legislation on marine issues and to educate the public about the dangers and amounts of marine debris in our waterways and to inform policy and solutions.

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