Tacoma Shoreline Survey; Save the Date!

March 5, 2021 Comments (0) journal

June 5, 2021. Excited to be running the Tacoma Shoreline Survey in 2021 as a collaboration between the Ikkatsu Project, South Sound Surfrider and Tacoma Oceanfest. There will be multiple updates coming in the days and weeks ahead, but for now, just mark that date in your calendar, watch

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March 1, 2021

In Like a Lamb

It’s been windy around these parts lately, days of big gusty winds that blow

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February 23, 2021

Northwest Brigadoon

Smith Island sits in the middle of an open reach of water, seemingly drifting with

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In a Nutshell

Since the Ikkatsu Project came together in 2012, every year has been a little different. While we continue to build programs around single-use plastic and the effects that plastic has in the marine environment, there are other focus areas throughout the Salish Sea watershed that catch a significant portion of our efforts. This bioregional emphasis forms the basis for continuing programs, and you can expect our work to highlight the connections among the different ecosystems here in the heart of Cascadia.

Data collection and analysis, education and outreach are at the heart of what the Ikkatsu Project is all about. Beyond the science, however, are other perspectives that can help to make what we are doing and saying relevant and important to those who hear it. There's no doubt that this is an environmentally-focused organization, but we are always looking for new ways to tell the story of this place. The ongoing blog helps to bring some of these stories to light, and the regular expeditions and fieldwork often bring out the history and adventure that can be found here in this part of the Northwest.

The Ikkatsu Project is funded by donations. We only do one fundraising event each year (centered around Giving Tuesday), and there are no elaborate galas or black-tie events on our calendar, but that doesn't mean your ongoing support isn't needed and valued. What we can promise is the chance to see all of your contribution get put toward direct program expenses, from marine debris research and education to stream surveys to high country fieldwork. Thanks to all who have already contributed (and if you would like to be a part of it all, the "Donate" button is on the right side of this page. Any amount helps and the gratitude runs deep).


From one of the most remote locations in southeast Alaska comes a story of wilderness, kayaking and marine debris. Beautifully filmed and edited by Beau Gaughran, this film is both a celebration of wild spaces and a cautionary tale about how we are all connected. Here's the trailer for the film - it premiered on November 24th, 2020, has been accepted into one film festival and is under consideration in a dozen others. We are also excited to see it become part of the lineup at Duct Tape Diaries, beginning in April of 2021. It's available online for free right now, courtesy of Werner Paddles.

Werner Paddles - Decision - Social Trailer from Beau Gaughran on Vimeo.