Skip to content

World Ocean Day Coming June 8 — Who Is Your Hero?

Sailors love the oceans and care about them deeply. That has us wondering what sailors should do to celebrate World Ocean Day, coming on June 8. Beyond taking a moment to recognize the day and the value the oceans bring to our lives, we wanted to ask readers what they’d like to do to recognize the day, or to recognize the people and organizations who are doing things large and small to protect and restore ocean health. In other words, who is your ‘Ocean Hero?’

Nets underwater
The Kwai motors up to a group of massive ghost nets. As one can imagine, ghost nets tend to get caught up with one another and make small islands of floating plastic. Ironically, these small, toxic islands attract a lot of marine life and make for fantastic fishing. Sail next to one of these islands and chances are pretty high that you will be eating mahi mahi for dinner.
© 2021 Ocean Voyages Institute

We’re looking back at all the stories we’ve written, like the one above about Mary Crowley’s Ocean Voyages Institute, which has been working hard to clean up the plastics in the Pacific Gyre. We’ve written about Jim ‘Homer’ Holm’s The Clean Ocean Project, which is also working on plastic pollution and on converting plastics into fuel. We recently wrote about Scott Chowning’s project Trash Boats: 1 Ton in 2021 which is collecting plastic trash from our own Bay. As we look back it’s an almost endless list of Bay Area and West Coast sailors who are somehow engaged in restoring ocean health.

manta- giant catamaran
This giant catamaran is approximately 184 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 203 feet tall, and is being built to collect plastics to convert to diesel.
© 2021 The Seacleaners

Most Bay Area community and youth sailing programs such as TISC or ACSC include environmental learning and sustainability as a critical component of their teaching.

Latitude 38 would like to join sailors everywhere in supporting ocean health, and we are now planning coverage in our June magazine, and throughout the month of June in our ‘Lectronic Latitude newsletter. So who is your ‘Ocean Hero?’ We’d appreciate your input, suggestions and nominations for inclusion or recognition. Drop them into the comments below, or send us an email here.

World Oceans Day
Local sailor Scott Chowning is on a mission to collect one ton of trash from the Bay by the end of 2021.
© 2021 Scott Chowning

Happily, we know the list of worthy people and organizations is longer than we can possibly include, but the need is great. And despite the challenges, progress is being made by all who are engaged in this worthy effort.


  1. Tess Felix 1 month ago

    I’d like to nominate myself as an artist working with ocean plastic as a medium.
    I have a series of portraits of my “Ocean Hero’s” that I’d love to share.

  2. Bob Hanelt 1 month ago

    John and Lat38 Team,
    Mary Crowley is the only one in the whole world who has actually started cleaning up the ocean of plastics. Lots of people and organizations talk about what they will do but Mary is the only one who can talk about what she has done. And she is starting her third year of harvesting plastics from the North Pacific Gyre.
    I vote for Mary!

Leave a Comment

Sailing into May
The YRA will continue their Shorthanded Sunday Series on May 2 (the Island Tour Regatta). Entries for the May 2 race close today, Wednesday, April 28!
Student's Sailing Future Under Doubt
Stanford University students marched outside the school on Monday to protest planned funding cuts that will see the end of 11 varsity sports programs, including women's and coed sailing.