It’s never just about a cleanup.
Every piece of plastic retrieved from the oceans can save a life. With an international network of partners we work to remove plastic debris from coastlines and intercept it in remote areas, where no solid waste management exists. Research, education, and raising awareness are imperative parts of each cleanup.
CURRENT PARTNERS & INITIATIVES
When Storm Imogen swept through the UK, it battered coastal communities with gale force winds and colossal waves, and dumped thousands of tons of marine litter along the coastline. The annual Big Spring Beach Clean unites over 7,000 grassroots volunteers in over 200 locations across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. This year, Parley and Surfers Against Sewage are joining forces to implement the Parley A.I.R. Strategy and divert intercepted materials from landfill through closed-loop recycling initiatives.
In March 2016, we announced our partnership with Alligator Head Foundation, an initiative of TBA21, as part of a long-term, collaborative commitment to conserve and protect Jamaica’s marine resources and aquatic ecosystems. Focused on art, education, and community engagement, the partnership and A.I.R. implementation officially kicked off with a series of beach cleanups and a football tournament during a day-long festival held in Port Antonio.
Collaborating to enhance cleanup and research efforts along a highly remote stretch of coastline bordering the Great Barrier Reef.
An estimated 2 million pounds (or 1,000 tons) of plastic marine debris is washing onto a 600 mile section of Australia’s coastline every year. This debris originates primarily from Papua New Guinea, Southeast Asia, China, and from shipping lanes and deep-sea fishing operations located off Australia’s coast. Parley for the Oceans is working with Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Coordinators of the Australia Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), on large-scale coastal cleanups in the remote Cape York region of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef adjoins this ecological landscape on its eastern seaboard and supports a rich diversity of marine species.
PARLEY GULF OF MAINE
Removing and upcycling marine debris from remote and hard-to-reach beaches through the six-week sailing expedition, Parley x Rozalia.
The Gulf of Maine isn’t typically seen as a hotbed of marine debris, but litter from its sizable fishing industry, busy beaches and nearby urban populations cover shorelines throughout this critical habitat and recreation area. In summer 2015, Parley x Rozalia took place on board the historic and “greenest” sailing research vessel, American Promise. The expedition brought together a diverse crew of volunteers from various backgrounds, industries and expertise, with the goal of retrieving as much marine debris and ocean plastic as possible from remote island shorelines. The program included education and outreach with schools and coastal communities, and data collection to better inform and implement solutions.
Partnering with local organizations on large-scale cleanups, educational programs and public awareness campaigns throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii, the most remote archipelago in the world, is home to one of the most extraordinary marine ecosystems on the planet, supporting the endangered monk seal, endangered green sea turtle, whales, dolphins, sharks and coral reefs. Vast quantities of plastic is expelled from the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre and onto the beaches of the main Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Midway Atoll. Parley is proud to partner with Sustainable Coastlines of Hawaii and NOAA on cleanups and educational outreach efforts in this region that engage over 10,000 individuals and recover over 30 tons of debris annually.
Supporting local nonprofit and government efforts in the largest marine debris clean recovery initiative ever commenced in the Gulf of Alaska.
Marine debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami is scattered throughout shorelines along the Gulf of Alaska. In 2013 and 2014, our partners worked to clean up over 500 acres of remote coastline along the northern coast of Alaska, from Kodiak Island to Okalee Spit. In summer 2015, 3,500 super sacks containing over 1 million lbs of debris were removed through an airlift and barge operation and transported down the coast to Seattle, where material will be sorted and diverted to Parley partners for recycling.
Implementing an integrated system in select inhabited Maldivian islands to intercept and manage plastic waste and prevent it from entering the oceans.
Every day, hundreds of tons of solid waste are sent from the Maldives capital city of Malé and tourism industry on surrounding islands to a municipal dump on Thilafushi, or “Garbage Island.” We’re working with our partners to build technical and human resource capacity to create a plastic diversion program in select inhabited areas of the region, thereby reducing the environmental risks to marine resources and habitats, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Building upon the the capacity of the Island Councils, surrounding communities and nearby luxury resorts, we’re also working to introduce community recycling and initiate coastal cleanups throughout Baa Atoll.
Partnering with shoreline debris collection and cleanup organizations to help avoid and intercept plastics consumed on or near the shorelines of China’s Hainan province.
Recent studies claim that China is responsible for nearly 30 percent of the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. China’s Hainan Province is a tropical island in the South China Sea and the most popular tourist destination in Asia. With more than 30 million people visiting its beaches annually, the consumption of single-use plastic bottles on the beaches has rendered any cleanup effort a massive undertaking. Parley for the Oceans is collaborating with local organizations and businesses on the island to help ensure that plastics consumed on or near the shorelines do not find their way to the oceans.
Working with the local community to raise awareness about the threats of ocean plastic pollution and help shift current mindsets about waste disposal.
Bali, Indonesia, is renowned for its natural beauty and amazing surf and diving destinations. However, booming population growth coupled with a way of life caught between tradition and modernity has led to plastic waste permeating rivers, rice fields, villages, beaches and the ocean. Parley is working with a team of local Balinese coordinators and educators to improve awareness of the impacts of pollution and provide the necessary materials for the proper collection and disposal of waste.
There are no boundaries in the oceans. A global problem demands global solutions.
We’re committed to expanding our cleanup network in affected areas around the world:
PARLEY MEXICO - Yucatan Peninsula