Clean Ocean Access (COA) has announced their plans to host a World Oceans Day Fundraiser at Easton’s Beach Rotunda in Newport from 6 pm to 9 pm on June 6th. The event will be in honor of Michael Anthony Brown.

The 3rd annual World Oceans Day Fundraiser celebrates the health of our oceans around the international World Oceans Day event and promotes Clean Ocean Access’s local efforts to eliminate marine debris, improve coastal water quality and protect and preserve shoreline access.

Delicious food will be provided by Whole Foods Market and prepared by Flat Waves, dancing to live music by Miles Ahead, and the Whale Guitar to inspire action to improve ocean health. Fun beverages will be provided by Ragged Island Brewery and Newport Vineyards.

A beach cleanup will take place beforehand from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Easton’s Beach.

The Annual “Clean Ocean Access Mission 2.Ocean Award” will be awarded to a volunteer who has made a significant impact for the success of Clean Ocean Access.

Tickets are $60, and available at or call 401-236-2561.

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.