We face many complex challenges when it comes to a clean and healthy ocean, but one problem is simple to understand: Trash.
People know that trash in the water:
compromises the health of humans, wildlife and the livelihoods that depend on a healthy ocean;
threatens tourism and recreation, and the critical dollars they adds to our local economies;
complicates shipping and transportation by causing navigation hazards; and
generates steep bills for retrieval and removal.
Unfortunately, what we see dirtying beaches and floating on the ocean’s surface is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more lies unseen beneath the surface and far away on the open water — but that doesn’t make it any less important.
That’s why Ocean Conservancy is taking bold action, working to stop the flow of trash at the source, before it has a chance to reach the water to choke and entangle dolphins or endanger sea turtles, or ruin our beaches and depress our local economies.