OCEAN DAY is an annual celebration and call to action for the protection of the world’s oceans. Oceanday.net is dedicated to chronicling this global expression for ocean protection. Ocean Day is a collaboration between the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, California Coastal Commission, Spectral Q Aerial Art and regional partners along the west coast of North America.
The event is part of the Coastal Commission's Adopt-A-Beach School Assembly Program targeting inland and underserved schools. It includes a series of assemblies that teach how urban neighborhoods are connected to the beaches and oceans through storm drains, and addresses the need for recycling and litter reduction so that neighborhood trash does not end up at the coast.
The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and the California Coastal Commission started the annual event in Los Angeles in 1994. With funding from the Whale Tail License Plate Fund, this program has since expanded to six cities. Spectral Q founded the Ocean Day Aerial Art Program and facilitates the annual statewide effort to encourage collaboration and inspire creativity.