September 21, 2019 – International Coastal Cleanup Day

The Oceano Azul Foundation supports 70 beach cleanups of marine litter.


Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd, more than 2,300 volunteers, in over 70 groups, associations and NGOs will mobilize throughout Portugal to clean more than 55 beaches from the north to the south of the country, in partnership with 29 municipalities and parish councils.

This year, the Oceano Azul Foundation supports different beach cleanups planned throughout the country to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day, by providing materials and resources for the cleanups, and creating a digital map, for citizens to more easily volunteer and participate.

After contacting 150 groups, movements and associations, as well as 60 coastal municipalities, the locations and times of cleaning actions and the needs of each organization for the cleanup were

inventoried, providing gloves, bags, scales and personal accident insurance.

The Oceano Azul Foundation welcomes Portugal’s growing public awareness and willingness to protect the ocean, as well as the mobilization of its citizens who will once again take part in this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day, removing marine litter from Portugal’s beaches from the north to the south of the country.



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About International Coastal Cleanup Day

Over 30 years ago, coastal communities rallied together with the common goal to collect and document trash on their local beaches, giving birth to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD). Since then, the cleanup has grown to an international scale, gathering volunteers from over 100 countries around the world to participate in a powerful and inspiring action to clean their local beaches and coasts.