International Coastal Cleanup
For more than a quarter of a century, volunteers from all over the world have gathered every year along coastlines and waterways to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup®. Many walk, while others set out on boats. Thousands more don scuba gear to seek trash below the water’s surface.
In 2012, more than half a million volunteers participated, collecting more than 10 million pounds of trash and covering a distance of nearly 18,000 miles.
These volunteers have picked up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.
The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index provides an invaluable snapshot of just what's out there, and helps inform lasting solutions.
Check out highlights from the 2012 Cleanup below or download the complete set of data:
The 2013 International Coastal Cleanup will be held September 21. Mark your calendar now!
The NOAA Marine Debris Program serves as a centralized marine debris capability within NOAA in order to coordinate, strengthen, and increase the visibility of marine debris issues and efforts within the agency, its partners, and the public.