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Oceans and fisheries
#EUBeachCleanup 2023

Global campaign for clean, plastic-free oceans

What’s the #EUBeachCleanup?

The #EUBeachCleanup is a campaign organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), with EEAS and the United Nations. It is organised in partnership with our blue friends, the Smurfs.

It is key to raise awareness about marine pollution, and how our habits impact our ocean. It is estimated that up to 37 million tonnes of plastic waste will reach the ocean annually by 2040.

The campaign consists of clean-up events organised by institutions (EU Delegations and Representations, Europe Direct Centres, United Nations Regional Offices, etc.), NGOs, and citizens wanting to put-up their own event. We encourage everyone to join forces at local level (with for example climate pact ambassadors, schools, municipalities etc.).

When does it take place?

In 2023,the campaign will culminate on 16 September – International Coastal Clean-up Day – but events can be organised at any time until October.

While most events take place on the beach, we also encourage people living far away from the sea to organise clean-ups.

Joining the wave

Interested in joining the campaign?

That’s easy!

Either join an event near you (see list of events below – updated throughout the year) - or put up your own event!

To organise your event

Find social media guidelines and visuals on Trello.

4 APRIL 2023
Organising your own event - guidelines for the general public
(375.35 KB - PDF)
4 APRIL 2023
Organising your own event - guidelines for institutional partners
(498.26 KB - PDF)
8 ĠUNJU 2022
Guidelines on how to use the app
(4.16 MB - PDF)


#EUBeachCleanUp events

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