Welcome to MarineSafe

In 2012 scientists at the IPSO State of the Ocean workshop identified pollution as a significant and under-recognised threat to the ocean and called for urgent action to address it.

Much of this pollution originates from domestic sources in the form of ingredients used in personal care products, for instance sunscreen and single-use plastic such as bags and water bottles.

MarineSafe is a campaign that aims to reduce the number of toxic chemicals and plastics finding their way into the ocean through replacement, management and user engagement.

Over 40% of coastal coral reefs are contaminated with oxybenzone

What is MarineSafe?


Our daily actions reach far out to sea.  We can all make a difference to the amount of pollution reaching the ocean through a small adjustment in our behaviour. MarineSafe Zones will be established to help encourage and facilitate this.

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Join us

joinusWe want to see MarineSafe Zones all over the world and a change in the way products are manufactured so that they do no harm.

We want everyone to remember that the ocean is key to our existence and needs looking after.

Join us and be part of the change.

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Latest news


Source: Honolulu Star Advisor
Author: Nina Wu

Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill today banning the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals believed to be harmful to coral reefs.

If Gov. David Ige signs the bill into law, it will take effect Jan. 1, 2021 and make Hawaii the first state in the nation to enact such a law. Continue reading Hawaii lawmakers pass bill banning sunscreens with chemicals that can harm coral reefs


Source: Washington Post
Author: Chelsea Harvey

Corals in one of the world’s most diverse corners of the ocean have been ravaged by the ongoing effects of a global bleaching event, scientists say — and nobody’s sure how long it may take them to recover or what they might look like afterwards. The reefs around the U.S. territory of Guam and other nearby islands in what’s known as the Marianas archipelago have been suffering since 2013, and the pattern is only expected to continue through the rest of this summer. Continue reading ‘I cried…right into my mask’: Scientists say Guam’s reefs have bleached four years straight


Source: Washington Post
Author: Rachel Feltman

It can be easy to forget that coral are animals. Reefs look more like gorgeous marine gardens drifting in a breeze than they do colonies of invertebrates. Thanks to a new microscope — one that works under up to 100 feet of water, capturing tiny objects at high resolution despite the distortion of the sea — you can see these mysterious creatures in a whole new light. Continue reading Watch incredible microscopic video of corals kissing, growing and fighting


Source: Virgin Unite
Author: Craig Downs

The state of the world’s coral reefs will be under the spotlight next month at the thirteenth International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Hawaii.

Whilst assessing the impact of climate change and agricultural pollution on coral structures, scientists will be looking at a less-well known threat – pollution of the marine environment by personal care products (PCPs), including sunscreen. Continue reading How sunscreen is putting coral reefs at risk

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