• Ikkatsu is a Japanese word that means "together" or "united as one," a concept that is illustrated perfectly by our oceans and the fact that, rather than separate us, they serve to bring us all together. The Ikkatsu Project is dedicated to exploration, education and advocacy in the service of the ocean. Our blog, with the most recent entries displayed on this page, is an ongoing report on issues related to marine pollution, as well as an update on Ikkatsu Project activities. Our other pages (listed above), provide information on the various aspects of our mission and provide ways that you can be a part of the project as we continue on into the future. Your feedback is welcome.

    There is then, no water that is wholly of the Pacific, or wholly of the Atlantic, or of the Indian or the Antarctic... It is by the deep, hidden currents that the oceans are made one.

    -Rachel Carson



As the discussion grows down at City Hall about Tacoma enacting a reusable bag initiative that will include a ban on plastic grocery bags, the question has arisen about just how much debris is on city beaches. The implication being made by those who oppose any moratorium on plastic bags is that these items are … Continue reading


After the 4th

There’s a lot of pressure in this online world to post often, to stay in touch. But it’s summertime, and some rules don’t apply when the temperatures get hotter and the water looks so fine. Just because we haven’t put much in this space lately doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy; we’ve just been too … Continue reading

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It’s finally here, that most elusive of Northwest seasons. It could be gone tomorrow, like anything else, but we are going to enjoy it for as long as we can.


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