Fighting for Trash Free Seas

We face many complex challenges when it comes to a clean and healthy ocean, but one problem is simple to understand: Trash. 

People know that trash in the water: 

  • compromises the health of humans, wildlife and the livelihoods that depend on a healthy ocean;
  • threatens tourism and recreation, and the critical dollars they add to our local economies;
  • complicates shipping and transportation by causing navigation hazards; and
  • generates steep bills for retrieval and removal.

Unfortunately, what we see dirtying beaches and floating on the ocean’s surface is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more lies unseen beneath the surface and far away on the open water — but that doesn’t make it any less important.

That’s why Ocean Conservancy is taking bold action, working to stop the flow of trash at the source, before it has a chance to reach the water to choke and entangle dolphins or endanger sea turtles, or ruin our beaches and depress our local economies. 

We need your help to keep millions of pounds of trash from our oceans - your everyday choices can help keep it clean

A Movement for Trash Free Seas

Over the last 25 years, Ocean Conservancy has been bringing together passionate ocean lovers and helping them contribute to a vision for trash free seas.

Everyone can play a role in the movement for trash free seas. Ocean Conservancy is leading the way with practical, pragmatic solutions that:

Help us turn the tide on ocean trash and achieve the vision of a healthy, vibrant ocean free of trash.


2016 Ocean Trash Index

Download the data collected during the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup.

Report: Ocean Trash Impacts

Our study on the deadliest ocean trash.

Stemming the Tide

Our 2015 report on a way forward to eliminate ocean plastic.

New Study on Ocean Trash

A new study provides first estimate of how much plastic flows into the ocean.

Talking Trash & Taking Action

A marine debris education partnership between Ocean Conservancy and the NOAA Marine Debris Program.

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