Nearly 600,000 volunteers joined together for Ocean Conservancy's 2011 International Coastal Cleanup. Here's what they found.
For more than a quarter of a century, volunteers with Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup have picked up everything imaginable along the world's shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, and even the proverbial kitchen sink.
These passionate ocean lovers not only pick up trash that endangers the health of humans, wildlife, and coastal economies, they count every item as well.
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 2011 Cleanup below or download the complete set of data from the 2011 data release:
With your help we can stop ocean trash and protect special places across our ocean.
A look at some of the strange things—and the sheer volume of debris—found during the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup.
Ocean Conservancy is extremely grateful to our sponsoring partners for their commitment to and enthusiasm for the International Coastal Cleanup.