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Ocean Blue Project was founded on World Ocean Day 10 years ago. Since then, our volunteers have had boots-in-the-sand across the United States, protecting our One-World Ocean.

So far, we have removed over 235,000 pounds of plastic from the ocean.

But we still have a long way to go.

This June, as we celebrate World Ocean Day and our 10th anniversary, we’re working to recover another 100,000 pounds of plastic and debris from the ocean. But we need your help.

Will you help us in our mission to #RevitalizeTheOcean?

What is World Oceans Day?

On June 8th, 2009, the United Nations observed the first ever World Oceans Day, a global recognition of the importance of the ocean to the health of our planet’s ecosystem and all of its inhabitants – including our own.

This year’s World Oceans Day theme is Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean, which emphasizes the urgent need to work together to restore the health and vibrancy of our ocean.

Ocean Blue: Boots in the sand for 10 years

Ocean Blue Project was founded on World Ocean Day 2012 Nye Beach, Newport, Oregon. Now, a decade later (during United Nations Ocean Decade), Ocean Blue has recovered over 235,000 pounds of plastic and debris from beaches and waterways that flow to our one-world ocean.

This year’s World Oceans Day theme feels particularly important to the Ocean Blue Project and its mission. Not only do we need to stand united in our fight to save our one world ocean, but we must remember that the ocean itself is united. We’re drawn to the film Connected – All of Our Oceans are One by Ziggy Livnat, which emphasizes the unity of people and planet. It’s not many oceans that need saving, but one united, thriving ocean ecosystem.

Inspired by this message, we are working to save our “One-World Ocean,” emphasizing the interconnectedness of all bodies of water on our planet.


Protecting our One-World Ocean and the Blue Economy

Our One-World Ocean is our planet’s life support system, and its revitalization is key to our future. It’s the world’s largest ecosystem, home to nearly a million known species and containing vast untapped potential for scientific discovery.

It also supports what is known as “The Blue Economy” – our global population’s economic, social and environmental needs. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates its value could reach $3 trillion by 2030, employing 40 million people, making it vital for people around the world.

The Blue Economy includes ocean industries such as:

Fisheries and Aquaculture
Renewable Energy
Coastal Tourism

What is at stake?

The health of our ocean is vital to our global, environmental, and economic shared future. According to the World Economic Forum, plastic pollution is the second-largest threat to our oceans, second only to climate change.

5 -12 million
Metric tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year

$13 billion
Are lost per year due to clean-up costs and financial losses in fisheries and other industries.

of plastic litter found on the ocean floor is single-use items

One million plastic bottles
Are purchased globally per minute

How You Can Help

We are joining the United Nations to recognize World Ocean Day on June 8. This year’s theme, Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean is consistent with the work Ocean Blue Project and our volunteers do year-round. We understand the need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life. Here’s how you can join us:

  • Donate ~ Every dollar removes one pound of plastic from our beaches and waterways. This year, our goal is to raise $250,000. Every $1 donated removes 1 pound of plastic from the ocean.
  • Give $50 or more during the month of June to receive an Ocean Blue Project reusable water bottle donated by Healthy Human
  • Organize a local clean-up
  • Eliminate use of single-use plastics
  • Jack Johnson All at Once: Ocean Blue is celebrating our 10th year and joining 6 concerts on the Jack Johnson tour in August (Texas) and September (Pacific Northwest). The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation is matching donations up to $2,500.
  • Engage #OceanBlueSeaSaviors in Plastic Clean-a-thon or Social Media Fundraiser with #Cleanup3fortheSea posts

Join us on social media

Show us how you’re saving the ocean this World Ocean Day! Be sure to tag @OceanBlueProject with #Cleanup3ForTheSea for a chance to be reposted or shared.

Thank you to our incredible business partners for contributing to our goal and for sharing our vision of a clean world ocean.

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