Ocean Initiatives' purpose
Encouraging people to take actionSurfrider Foundation Europe supports volunteers to organize clean-up operations completely autonomously, with a range of tools and a somewhat educational approach.
Generating public awarenessJoining one of the clean-ups organized as part of Ocean Initiatives, participants become aware of the impact of waste-related pollution thanks to an action on the field.
Aiming at the heart of the problemWhen volunteers inform Surfrider Foundation Europe about the waste picked up during their clean-up, they are contributing to research into pollution and helping to influence legislation.
participants in 2019
waste collection in 2019
Reasons to participate
To protect the environmentAn Ocean Initiative is a practical action to protect the environment while enjoying some time with your family, friends or new acquaintances.
To be part of the solutionOcean Initiatives allow Surfrider to influence laws and reduce waste at source, through volunteer participation and information gathered on waste.
Collect more than waste, collect data
4 ways to participate in citizen science with Ocean Initiatives
Simplified report form
First level of engagement, it provides information on the location of the operation and focuses on quantifying the star item of this edition - the cigarette butt.
Intermediate report form
This intermediate protocol makes it possible to obtain information on the chosen site and to monitor waste pollution quantifying 35 items (in particular those covered by the European Single-Use Plastics Directive).
Marine Litter Watch
Designed by the European Environment Agency, this protocol is the most engaging. It allows complete feedback on the condition of marine litter thanks to the protocol used by European scientists. It permits the quantification of more than 150 items.