Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EDT
Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection
Aquatic Preserve Program
1277 NE 79th St. Causeway
The 34th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day is harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash. Join Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves for the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways, and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with volunteers from across the globe! VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade's local participation in this global event with 40+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups around the county and is made possible by the generous support of our sponsor Covanta, with additional support from Capital One Café, Wells Fargo, and Miami Beach Suncare.
About International Coastal Cleanup:
• Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enters our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, human health and local economies.
• Over the past 34 years, Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup has brought together nearly 13 million people from more than 150 countries to collect almost 250 million pounds of trash along our coastlines and waterways.
• Every year during Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers comb lakes, rivers and beaches around the world for trash, picking up everything imaginable along the world's shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.
By volunteering at ICC, you will be actively participating in a global citizen science project, not only by removing marine debris, but also by cataloging and tallying what you find using the Ocean Conservancy's data collection cards or Clean Swell app. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.