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An Hour for the Ocean

An Hour for the Ocean

When June 9, 2019

Please join us in support of World Ocean Day: take action and be a part of the solution! On Sunday, June 9 spend one hour at your local beach or waterway cleaning up trash to support the health and vitality of our marine environment.

What is an hour for the ocean?

Help us keep Puget Sound’s beaches and waterways among the cleanest in the nation by dedicating an hour with friends, family and colleagues to pick up litter, which is hazardous to marine wildlife.

Get involved!
  • Select your cleanup location using the map below, or propose your own location by emailing Andrew Bleiman at and we’ll add it to the map!
  • Register for your location.
  • Gather a team, join an existing group or come solo.


Know before you go:

Follow the Seattle Aquarium’s beach visit guidelines to keep yourself and marine wildlife safe.



  • Walk carefully; there is life beneath your feet.
  • Touch animals gently with one wet finger.
  • Observe animals where they are and avoid picking them up.
  • If you do move rocks, choose only those that are small enough to be moved with one hand. Carefully return rocks to exact position you found them in.
  • Do not remove anything natural from the beach. Many of our local beaches are protected by law.
  • Carry a small garbage bag to pick up trash.


Day of:
  • Arrive at your cleanup site on June 9 at the designated time (see Google map for details).
  • Download the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app to automatically log all the trash you collect to a global cleanup database. No smartphone? Download a printable ocean trash data form.
  • Post pictures of your cleanup on Twitter or Instagram with hashtags #HourOcean and #SeattleAquarium.


Brought to you by the Seattle Aquarium auxiliary board in partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.