Beach Cleanups

In an effort to maintain and restore our shores, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning center hosts beach cleanups around the world. These cleanups often just take a morning and have a lasting impact on the beaches. We collect as much trash and recyclables as possible and keep a detailed record of what we find. Often things end up on our beaches that we don’t anticipate – tires, concrete blocks, and kitchen appliances are just a few shocking items that the OLC has found.

Most recently, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center celebrated the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. On September 16th, 2017, participants around the world met to ensure their beaches stayed clean. The OLC cleaned up Long Beach, NY with over 200 volunteers and retrieved over 50 pounds of trash. Check out these other statistics from the day – we collected: 1,330 cigarette butts, 300 plastic bottle caps,  1,039 microplastic pieces, and more!




Through partnerships with cities and many volunteers, the Ocean Learning Center can continue our mission to keep the beaches clean. If you would like to keep up with our events, follow us on Facebook. For more information regarding cleanups and volunteering, send an email to




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