Miami Waterkeeper is an organization whose mission is to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. Tuuci has supported their cleanup projects in Biscayne Bay as they work to protect South Florida’s native ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves, wetlands, and seagrasses.
Blue Scholars Initiative fosters ocean stewardship through Biscayne Bay connections and leads coastal and waterway cleanups in South Florida. They have been active in engaging, educating, and empowering youth and community members through hands-on marine science education to foster a connection to the ocean and maintain long-term environmental stewardship. Tuuci team members have supported their educational and cleanup projects.
Oceana uses science and advocacy to win policy changes that protect marine life and habitats. Oceana has been instrumental in passing many important ocean conservation laws, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Ocean Conservancy works to protect oceans and waterways from today’s greatest global challenges. They lead the annual International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest volunteer-led environmental event. Ocean Conservancy also works to reduce plastic pollution, conserve fish and wildlife, and address climate change.
Coral Restoration Foundation is headquartered in Key Largo, Florida and is the largest reef restoration organization in the world. To date, they’ve restored more than 17,500 square meters of Florida’s Coral Reef, and they engage the local community through dive programs, educational activities, scientific collaborations, and outreach.
The Ocean Cleanup develops and scales technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. Their largest project is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive collection of plastic debris in the North Pacific Ocean.
Conservation International places strong focus on marine conservation and works to protect coral reefs, mangroves, and other important marine habitats. Conservation International also works to reduce overfishing and other threats to marine life.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) works to protect marine mammals, sea turtles, and other important marine species. They also focus on reducing plastic pollution and other threats to marine life.
Reef Resilience Network is a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy, providing reef managers and practitioners with online and hands-on training to help them improve management and conservation of coral reefs around the world. To date, 88% of the 105 countries and territories with coral reefs have received training from Reef Resilience.
We Forest works to restore and conserve forests around the world, including the Casamance Mangroves in south Senegal. Villages in Senegal rely on the mangroves to protect them from storms and to support agriculture, fishing, and shellfish harvesting.
There are many ways to support beach and ocean cleanup organizations this holiday season. Here are a few ideas:
This holiday season and particularly on Giving Tuesday, consider supporting a beach or ocean cleanup organization. Your support can help to protect our oceans and marine life for current and future generations.