3459 Species Live on the California Coast
by Robert Giusti for The California Coastal Commission
One of the CCC’s biggest and longest running efforts is coordination of the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day (since 1984). In 2008, over 60,000 volunteers picked up over one million pounds of debris on California beaches and shorelines alone. In portions of the North Pacific Ocean, the quantities of plastic outweigh the amount of plankton by a factor of 6 to 1.
Artwork © 2010 Robert Giusti.