Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves/Pelican Harbor ICC 2021
It’s time for the 36th annual International Coastal Cleanup! Join Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves and Miami-Dade County’s Pelican Harbor Marina for the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways, and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with millions of volunteers from across the globe!
Spearheaded globally by the Ocean Conservancy, VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade County’s local participation in this worldwide event with 45+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups around the county. The Miami-Dade ICC is made possible by the generous support of our tidal sponsor Covanta, with additional support from Banesco USA, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Miami-Dade County RER-DERM, Pubbelly Sushi, WPLG Local 10, and with special thanks to the Benjamin & Gloria Joannou, Jr. Family Conservation Fund.
We will provide garbage bags, gloves, data collection cards, and a souvenir tote bag with this year’s marine animal theme, the Octopus! *Community Service hours will be provided*. This year's shirts are available for purchase here!
Registration is required to participate. Where possible, please have guests in your party RSVP individually so we can ensure they get all information and details about the event and can accurately plan for turnout.
Details for this site:
- Free parking will be available at the Pelican Harbor Marina. Overflow parking will be located across the street at the Pelican Harbor Boat Ramp. We encourage ridesharing.
- Check-in will begin 8:30am outside the Biscayne Bay Environmental Center.
- This event is suitable for all ages however minors (under 18) will require a parent signature prior to participation.
Info for Volunteers:
- All social distancing practices will be required (6 ft distance) and masks are highly recommended.
- Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. This is a rocky shoreline site, and participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes like sneakers, no flip flops or sandals please!
- Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen are recommended
- If you have gloves, bring them. We will be providing gloves but cannot guarantee they will be in your size. We suggest reusable working, gardening, or dish gloves that you can pick up at the grocery/hardware store.
- Bring water in a reusable container. Let’s reduce waste and refuse single-use disposable plastic water bottles.
Two waivers will need to be signed prior to participation:
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection Adult Release Form or Minor Release Form
- A wavier for Miami-Dade County will also need to be signed on the day of the even prior to participation.
About International Coastal Cleanup:
Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enters our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies.
Over the past 36 years, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has brought together nearly 13 million people from over 150 countries to collect nearly 250 million pounds of trash along our coastlines and waterways. Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers comb lakes, rivers and beaches around the world for trash picking up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.
By volunteering at ICC, you will be actively participating in a global citizen science project, not only by removing marine debris, but by also cataloguing and tallying what you find using the Ocean Conservancy’s data collection cards or Clean Swell app. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world.
Miami, FL 33138
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