Ocean Initiatives

Ocean Initiatives are clean-up actions on beaches, lakes, rivers and sea beds all over the world. These litter collections are organized by volunteers with the support of Surfrider Foundation Europe.

Ocean Initiatives in 1 minute


What purpose do they serve?

The Ocean Initiatives aim to eliminate pollution caused by marine waste. They enable every citizen to take this first step in the movement to protect the oceans.

people to take action

Surfrider Foundation Europe supports volunteers while giving them total autonomy in the organisation of clean-up operations, and provides a range of tools to help them add a little educational touch.

public awareness

By joining one of the clean-ups organized as part of Ocean Initiatives, participants become aware of the impact of waste-related pollution through concrete action in the field.

aim at the heart
of the problem

When volunteers provide Surfrider Foundation Europe with information about the waste picked up during their clean-up, they are contributing to research into pollution and helping to influence legislation.

Participants per year
clean-up operations since 1996
countries committed
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Reasons for partipating
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Protect the environment

An Ocean Initiative is a practical action to protect the environment while enjoying a few hours with your family, friends or new people.

Spread the message

Taking part in an Ocean Initiative helps to make people aware of the marine litter issue, thanks to the educational tools provided by Surfrider.

Be part of the solution

Ocean Initiatives help Surfrider to influence laws and reduce waste at source, through volunteer participation and the information gathered on waste.