Is your shoreline or local waterway or residing ocean water extremely dirty, covered in plastic or other human-made debris? Let us know, upload images, share your message and report pollution hotspots today!
The map is interactive, meaning, you can view markers in selected categories, search for individual keywords within hotspots or directory listings by category or search the entire map and you are able to add markers of various kinds to the map.
There are two main types of maps.
1: "Hotspots Map", which shows ocean plastic pollution hotspots as entered by users and collected through shared international data.
Users are able to add several types of markers to our interactive map:
<-- Add / Submit Hotspot Marker Icon
"Hotspots" are ocean pollution, plastic, shoreline pollution, marine debris.. basically any kind of ocean pollution that is in need of cleaning
<-- Add / Submit Success Spot Marker Icon
"Success Spot" are ocean pollution that has been cleaned! Markers that are "Hotspots" can be updated to "Success!".. let's cover the map in these markers
<-- Add / Submit Expedition Marker Icon
"Expeditions" are events or trips out to the mapped "Hotspots" for cleaning and/ or surveying for cleaning. We are also categorizing ocean aware events here.
"Global Directory Markers" are markers for organizations, groups or individuals who are working towards cleaner oceans, ocean awareness, ocean information, news or related. If this describes your organization or you, please add a marker in your related category.
<-- Add Directory Marker Icon
The Category icons look like this:
ART & PERFORMANCE
EDUCATION & RESEARCH
GOVERNANCE & POLICY
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
"Help & Info" takes you to this page if you get lost or need directions!
Once you click on an ADD or SUBMIT icon, you will be forwarded to the submission form. The icons are located in various places, above the map and in the top menus.
The submission form looks like this:
NOTE: You may be asked if you wish to share your current location, (via a small pop up window) this is useful if you are at the pollution location currently.
3 - Enter the title of the Marker, if this is a "Hotspot", enter something such as "Pollution near south Hawaii" be descriptive, the same goes if it is a "Cleaned Hotspot". If this is a Directory Marker, enter the title of your organization, group, etc.
4 - Choose a Category from the drop down menu. The first two categories are for "Hotspots" and "Cleaned Hotspots". If you are planning an Expedition or have an Event, choose Expeditions. IF this is a Directory Marker entry, choose the relevent category under Global Mapped Directory. (See Special Fields 7., fields show up after category is selected.)
5 - You may add one or multiple photos to your marker listing. Either drag and drop the photos on your computer or click the "by selecting them" link. Depending on the type of lising, upload relevent photos. IE: "Hotspots" upload images of the polluted area if possible. If Directory Marker, upload your organizations logo.
6 - Add details about the marker in the edit box. This box contains WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) html editing capabilities. You are also able to DRAG AND DROP photos to this area which will automatically upload and post in the details of your entry. You may also add more photos by using the Image Button located in the toolbar.
7 - SPECIAL FIELDS: Once a Category has been selected from the dropdown menu Special Fields show up under the main edit window. Hotspots category has a "Type of Debris" field and a "Mitigation Status" field for success story notes. If you are entering a Directory Marker, there are 2 special fields: Your Focus (Your direct ocean stewardship focus, this field is searchable in the database) and Your Website (your organizations website). In case we update special fields always watch once you've selected a category what fields show up under the main edit window.
8 - Next, either click on the map in the location where the pollution was spotted, or where the marker will be located on our map. Alternately, allow our auto location tool to use your current location if you are at the pollution or the location of the marker. Or if you are not at the location or cannot click to locate the marker, enter the complete address or latitude and longitude coordinates to map the pollution or directory entry this way. If the org has no address, and is worldwide just click somewhere in the ocean!
9 - Once all data has been entered, click the Submit button to enter the marker into the database. The marker is immediately viewable on the relevent map pages. If you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Many shorelines and oceans waters worldwide are now in need of immediate rehabilitation from plastic dumping and other pollution contaminates. The extent and concentration of this pollution on a global scale, however speculated, is unknown. Let us pull in all the pieces and build a cohesive and powerful network of concerned global citizens everywhere.
Our interactive map illustrates where in the world ocean and shoreline pollution is a significant problem. Posting your Hotspot or Extended Mapped Directory listing, allows you to share images and other significant details about your site, informing the rest of world, and creating media around unknown Hotspots and Organizations for people to act towards ocean rehabilitation, education and awareness.