International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD), taking place on Saturday September 15, is one of the world’s largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves and beaches.

It is a global movement that encompasses 6 million volunteers in 90 countries and across the United States. Surfrider Foundation chapters engage and motivate their communities to take action at local beach cleanups. The cumulative result is not only a cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions people can integrate into their lives to promote healthy beaches on a daily basis.

Some of the top five most commonly collected items on ICCD last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws, respectively. All are forms of plastic debris.  The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare. Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc on wildlife and the ecosystem.

We will be joining other groups this year on Saturday, September 15th 2018 and will band together and clean up our mangroves, beaches and other waterways. More details to come, please stay tuned!

To join us and other like minded individuals or for more more information on how you can help keep our coast clean, please visit our Facebook events page.  We encourage you to get out to your local beach/waterway and have your own cleanup! Please stay tuned to this page as we highlight some of our key events.

Some of the happy volunteers that helped clean up the Keys.

Big thanks to everyone that came out to our cleanup for the Ocean Conservancy  International Coastal Cleanup! 20 volunteers collected 300 pounds of debris from Boca Chica Beach on Saturday. The most common items found were plastic bottle caps, and smaller pieces of plastic and styrofoam. We would also like to extend a big thank you to the representatives of the new Surfrider Florida Keys chapter who came to help out as well!