World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day 2021: Life & Livelihood

World Oceans Day is on June 8, 2021. This holiday is an international celebration spearheaded by the UN to bring awareness to the importance of our oceans and the threats they face. This year’s theme is Life and Livelihood. We know we must come together to protect the marine resources we all rely on. As caretakers of our local coastlines, COA invites you to celebrate with us. Read on to see all the ways we are gathering, raising awareness, and making change on this important day.

Summer Grand Prize Raffle

Our Grand Prize Summer Raffle will give you a chance to win a Newport Experience package!

Ticket donations:
$10 for 1 entry ticket
100 tickets are available. Entrants may purchase as many tickets as they would like. 

Drawing held Tuesday, August 31 at the COA Office and shared on social media channels. Winner need not be present; we will contact winner by telephone and post the winner’s name on this page. Raffle proceeds directly support us, Clean Ocean Access, a non-profit organization that works for a clean, healthy ocean that is accessible to all, and is based on Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands. 

We are grateful to raffle sponsors Hammetts Hotel, Giusto, and Sailing Excursions, and to our many generous donors for ongoing investment in our work.

To enter:

  • Print and mail us an entry form with payment: Summer Raffle Entry Form
  • Request tickets when registering for or at our events: Upcoming Events
  • You can also purchase tickets in person at our events via cash, check or credit card.
  • Purchase tickets at our office at 21 John Clarke Road, Middletown, RI 02842. We are generally in the office 830am to 5pm on weekdays, but call 401-236-2561 to check before dropping by!
  • Use the below online order form. Due to state regulations, we cannot sell tickets online. Please complete this form and we will contact you for payment.

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    For more info, contact Emily Conklin by email or at 401-236-2561.

    Art Contest: Life & Livelihood in the Ocean State 

    Help us bring World Oceans Day to life! Calling all Rhode Island artists to submit their depiction of Life & Livelihood in the Ocean State. We know our local artist community loves and draws creativity from the ocean. We want to see what living by the coast means to you. Thinking about your own experience and COA’s message of a clean, healthy ocean that is accessible to all, create a piece that shares the spirit of Life & Livelihood in the Ocean State and share it with us via the link below. The winning artist will also be awarded a prize of $500, thanks to the generosity of sponsor Stupell Home Décor.

    “Transfusion” by Roxanne Blackmore

    The COA World Oceans Day Art Contest is sponsored by Stupell Home Décor.

    We called on our local RI artist community to share with us what Life & Livelihood in the Ocean State means to them. We were so impressed with all the beautiful submissions we received, and are excited to share the winner with you today!
    Roxanne Blackmore made this piece called “Transfusion”, which demonstrated to us the connection we all have to the ocean, and how our oceans fuel us. Thank you to Roxanne for sharing your ocean connection with us and our community. To see more of her work and story, visit her website.

    Celebration Kickoff with Newport Mayor Napolitano &
    Marina Trash Skimmer
    Dock Talks

    Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano of Newport is COA’s honorary Chair of RI World Oceans Day!
    She helped us kick off the celebration on Saturday, June 5 at 2pm in Perrotti Park in Newport. Meet Mayor Napolitano, then stay and tour our Newport Marina Trash Skimmer.
    Read the full World Oceans Day Proclamation from the City of Newport. Thank you for your support, Mayor Napolitano! 

    Ride the WAVE for COA

    WAVE Cycle hosted three rides to benefit COA! Join them for an outdoor class in Kings Park in Newport on Friday, June 4 at 7am, 8:15am or 9:30am.  Thank you to WAVE Cycle for supporting the health of our ocean, and the health of our communities in promoting inclusive exercise. We appreciate this partnership! To learn more about WAVE Cycle, visit their website. 

    Eight Days of Giveaways 

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our giveaways, and congratulations to our winners! Giveaways were sponsored by:  Clean Earth Project,  WAVE Cycle, little bird wellbeing, Stoneacre Brasserie, Rhode Island Reef, Mackerel Studios, FatFace Newport. 

    Weekend of Community Giving

    Our Weekend of Community Giving ran Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6 at participating businesses. Support local shops, restaurants, and other participants while working for a clean, healthy ocean. Newport businesses gave a percentage of sales to COA throughout the weekend. 

    Participating Businesses: 
    Rhode Island Reef
    FatFace Newport
    Stupell Home Décor
    little bird wellbeing