The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life—it produces half of the oxygen in the air we breathe, and it is an essential part of the water cycle, helping to provide the water we drink.
The world’s beaches, the frontier of this essential resource, support ocean health. They provide habitat and nesting grounds for important ocean wildlife like sea turtles and sea birds, and they attract vacationers from around the world, helping to sustain complex coastal economies.
Whether we live on a beach or hundreds of miles from the coastline, we all have a profound stake in an ocean that is healthy and abundant.
Ocean trash ranks as one of the most serious pollution problems of our time. Much more than an eyesore, trash in the water and on the shore affects the health of people, wildlife and economies. For example, trash in the water:
The good news is we can prevent trashed beaches and debris-filled water. Ocean Conservancy has a vision of trash free seas, and we’ve been leading the way for more than 25 years.
Ocean Conservancy is creating a world of trash free seas by:
Volunteers collected more than 10 million pounds of trash during Ocean Conservancy's 2012 International Coastal Cleanup. Here's what they found.
Download the data collected during the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.
Join the world's largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup.