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The Marine Cemetery at Kozhikode, Kerala

Graves dug to remind humans how they are pushing the marine life towards extinction.

4th December 2019, on the World Wildlife Conservation Day, the world's first Marine Cemetery made out of single-use plastic bottles opened its gate at Beypore beach, Kozhikode. Built by Jellyfish Watersports, with the support of Clean Beach Mission, District Administration, Kozhikode and Beypore Port department, and driven by Climate activist Aakash Ranison, it aims at spreading awareness about the devastating effects of single-use plastic, urban and industrial pollution, and overfishing.

This Cemetery pays respect to 8 critically endangered marine species, along with a freshwater fish - Miss Kerala (Sahyadria denisonii), that's endemic to the fast-flowing hill streams and rivers of the Western Ghats (including Chaliyar river). Details

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A memorial was held there by Mr. S. Sambasiva Rao (District Collector, Kozhikode) and Mr. V.K.C Mammed Koya (MLA, Beypore) to sensitize people about the grave issue and make them pledge to quit single-use plastic.

The amount of plastic we have generated on earth, is enough to create a walkway to another planet.

India generates 25,940 tonnes of waste every day. 6.4 million tonnes of marine litter is disposed into our seas annually. 50% of beach litter is plastic waste threatening our marine life. Water and plastic pollution along with overexploitation and climate change have caused the extinction of 15 marine species, and currently threatens the lives of 700 more.



The World’s First Marine cemetery built from single-use plastic






Since 6 years Jellyfish Watersports has been combining recreational water activities with spreading awareness about plastic pollution, the organisation philosophy being Paddle to Preserve. It believes that you preserve only what you love, and paddling is a way to build a strong connection with water bodies.

3 months back, it initiated the drive to collect garbage in Chaliyar River Paddle and joined hands with Aakash Ranison, climate activist to create a bigger impact. They got together paddlers and locals to clean the Beypore beach, and have been encouraging people to pledge to discard one single-use plastic from their lives to start with.

Chaliyar River Paddle (September)

100+ paddlers cleaned the Chaliyar river while paddling a 68 km stretch and pledged to give up a single-use plastic thing

#oneplasticless campaign (October)

200+ people participated online and pledged to give up a single-use plastic thing

Beypore Beach Clean up (November)

80+ people collected about 800 kgs of garbage from Beypore Beach, Kozhikode, Kerala


Now, the single-use plastic collected from the river and the beach has been used to build this ‘cemetery’ at the Beypore beach, exactly where Chaliyar river meets the sea.



#OnePlasticLess from your life means millions of plastic less from the environment, creating healthier ecosystems.


To counteract the effects of pollution along the coast, the district administration has initiated a mass cleanliness drive under the aegis of Clean Beach mission, Kozhikode. S. Sambashiva Rao (District collector), VKC Muhammed Koya (MLA, Beypore), M.K.Raghavan (MP, Kozhikode) and Ashwini Prathap (Port Officer- Kozhikode) extended their blessings for the project. Without their support, this initiative would have not been possible
“Post floods, while we were kayaking in Chaliyar river, it was horrifying to see the volume of plastic in the surrounding areas. We have used and abused single-use plastic, creating havoc in our water bodies and the marine life is being pushed rapidly towards mass extinction. So we thought let’s show people exactly what they are doing ”

Kaushiq Kodithodi

Founder, Jellyfish Watersports
"This Marine Cemetery is built to jolt the mankind, to make them realise the blunder they have done. And, parallelly educate them about the fact that flora and fauna in and around our rivers and oceans are on red alert. It’s time to take steps towards course-correction.”

Aakash Ranison

Climate activist and Traveller