If you’re a Seattleite who has felt deprived of your beach-perfect summer days this season, you are definitely not alone. Beach days have been in rare supply this year, but on September 17, come rain or shine, the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup provides a great reason to head to the beach. Over the past 25 years, nine million volunteers from 152 countries have removed 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of our world’s oceans, lakes, streams, and rivers — making this annual collaborative cleanup the world’s largest marine-life related volunteer effort.
As a leading advocate of marine conservation, the Seattle Aquarium is partnering with the Ocean Conservancy, Bank of America, the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Jack FM 96.5 radio to encourage hundreds of volunteers to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup right here in Seattle. The Aquarium will have teams volunteering at Myrtle Edwards Park and Alki Beach.
Each year the International Coastal Cleanup aims to get all hands on deck — or maybe that’s all hands on shore — to make for healthy oceans across the globe. Despite the lackluster summer weather, there is reason to be at the beach after all.
For more information about the International Coastal Cleanup and to hear our very own Mark Plunkett, Conservation Curator for the Seattle Aquarium talk about this event on JACK FM 96.5, click here.
Will you be joining us this weekend?