What is World Ocean’s Day?

Today is World Ocean Day, an internationally recognized day highlighting the need for collective action to help us keep our ocean’s and our earth healthy for a sustainable future.

World Ocean Day’s mission is to help unite and rally people all over the world to protect and restore our blue planet. World Ocean Day supports collaborative conservation, working with its global network of youth leaders and 2,000+ organizations in 150+ countries and has been recognized by the UN.

As a seaside community, this type of work and mission is something that hits very close to home! We are surrounded by and reap the benefits of the oceans everyday.

Learn More Here


Ocean Conservation in our Community

Shinnecock Kelp Farmers

A very impactful organization doing great work on the South Fork, the Shinnecock Kelp Farmers are a multi-generation collective of Indigenous women from the Shinnecock Indian Nation. They are “leveraging 10,000+-year-old traditional relationship with the sea and with seaweed to capture carbon and nitrogen that has poisoned the waters of Shinnecock Bay and beyond. All while laying the groundwork for green jobs on the East End.” They did a presentation at our Earth Day event you can read about here.

Support them, visit them and learn more here.

Relic Beach Clean Up

Last year we sponsored a beach clean up stationwith Relic. Beach clean-ups are just one of their remarkable initiatives dedicated to safeguarding our oceans. They install beach clean-up stations throughout Long Island. By partnering with local towns and communities, they facilitate voluntary trash collection efforts. With an impressive tally of approximately 80 actively maintained clean-up stations across Long Island, they actively engage beachgoers in preserving our invaluable local resource—our beautiful beaches.

Sponsor a clean up station, join a clean-up day and learn more here.

Support Oyster Farmers on the East End!

Oysters are one of the best natural cleaners of our oceans and due to over harvesting, natural oyster beds and oyster population decreased, but today there are 100’s of oyster farmers on Long Island doing the work to help naturally clean our waters, and grow these delicious bivalves. As an organization, we are currently looking to award the Snail of Approval to oyster farmers. Email us your suggestions.

Some great resources from Edible East End here.

Slow Fish

Part of the larger Slow Food USA initiative is something called Slow Fish. Last year we hosted a Slow Fish event with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center with a presentation by the Cornell Fisheries and Aquaculture specialists about the importance of choosing local fish, and tasting of local seafood dishes prepared by Lombardi’s Love Lane Market (Lauren Lombardi served previously on the board of SFEE).

Read more about what we learned here.


More Ways to get involved

  1. Learn about the ways that World Ocean Day organization is working to make change globally through the 30×30 commitments announced at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in late 2022 and for a High Seas Treaty in early 2023.
  2. Support sustainable local fisherman and eat fish that is lesser known (but just as delicious!) Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Northeast Guide for sustainable seafood to eat in our area.
  3. Find a beach clean-up in your area!
  4. Get involved with Surfrider Eastern Long Island for volunteering, water testing, beach clean-ups and more.


Any questions please reach out via Slow Food Email


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