International Coastal Cleanup Day 2016

The fact is that the rich marine environment many of us have enjoyed throughout our lives is under extreme stress from human activity. Without a shift in our approach, our children and grandchildren will inherit an ocean that is less healthy, less resilient and less able to provide for the world’s population.” John F. Kerry, World Ocean Day 2016.

In recognition of International Coastal Cleanup Day, OFM (in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy and its local partners) organized seven beach cleanups across the country. On September 9, OFM and Diplomatic Security representatives teamed up with foreign diplomats to clean beaches in Chicago, IL; Galveston, TX; Kahuku, HI; Key Biscayne, FL; New York, NY; Santa Monica, CA; and Seattle, WA. A total of 250 consular corps members representing 78 consulates helped collect a total of 2,931 lbs. (a ton and a half!) of trash and debris from coast to coast.

Date: 09/09/2016 Location: Jamaica Bay, NY Description: Ambassador Gentry Smith, OFM NY and the NY Consular Corps celebrate a successful cleanup.  © Department of State














With an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic entering our ocean every year, concerns are growing about the impacts of marine pollution on our ocean ecosystems. Research is proving that the ingestion of plastics in both seabirds and sea turtles – which can cause illness and death – is becoming a major problem. As a diplomatic corps, we aim to raise awareness and help stem the tide of pollution through the coastal clean-up event on September 9th.

Date: 09/09/2016 Location: Miami, Florida Description: OFM Miami and the Consular Corps in Miami collected a total of 1,200 pounds of garbage including an IV bag, a carburetor, coffee cans and diapers! © Department of State







Date: 09/09/2016 Description: OFM Houston and the Consular Corps celebrating the end of a successful coastal cleanup day.   - State Dept Image














Under the guidance of the Ocean Conservancy and its local partners, OFM and members of the foreign mission community partnered together to help protect our oceans at the following locations:


Local Partner



Alliance for the Great Lakes

Lake Michigan Ohio Street Beach

600 N Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60611


Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful (KHIP)

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge

56-795 Kamehameha Highway

Kahuku, HI 96731


The State of Texas

Galveston Island State Park

14901 FM 3005
Galveston, TX 77554

Los Angeles

Heal the Bay

Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401


Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

Crandon Park in Key Biscayne

6747 Crandon Blvd

Key Biscayne, FL 33149

New York

American Littoral Society

Fort Tilden

169 State Road

Breezy Point, NY 11697


Puget Soundkeeper

Lincoln Park

8011 Fauntleroy Way SW

Seattle, WA 98136

Date: 09/09/2016 Location: Chicago, IL Description: OFM Chicago and the Consular Corps - State Dept ImageDate: 09/09/2016 Location: Kahuku, Hawaii Description: OFM San Francisco and the Hawaii Consular Corps © Department of State













Date: 09/09/2016 Location: Seattle, WA Description: OFM San Francisco and the Seattle Consular Corps © Department of StateDate: 09/09/2016 Location: Los Angeles, CA Description: OFM LA and the Los Angeles Consular Corps © Department of State

























Additional information concerning the “International Coastal Cleanup Day” event can be found at the following links:

State and Foreign Diplomats Clean Beaches Nationwide

OFM Facebook Page

OFM-Houston Facebook Page (Coastal Cleanup in Miami, FL) (Coastal Cleanup in Miami, FL) (Coastal Cleanup in Miami, FL)

International Focus Magazine (Coastal Cleanup in Galveston, TX Pg.12)