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Save Our Shores

Save Our Shores is a 501(c)3 nonprofit marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz, California. Our mission is caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action.
Over the last 30 years, Save Our Shores has been responsible for key accomplishments such as preventing offshore oil drilling in Central Coast waters, helping to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, preventing local cruise ship pollution, and bringing together diverse stakeholders to find common solutions to ocean issues. Today we focus on educating youth about our watersheds, tackling plastic pollution on our beaches and rivers, advocating for plastic-free communities, managing Annual Coastal Cleanup Day in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, running our nationally renowned Dockwalker program, and providing our community with educated and inspired Sanctuary Stewards!


Our three core initiatives are Plastic Pollution, Ocean Awareness, and Clean Boating. Whether we’re advocating in the community for local bans on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers, or tackling cigarette butt litter with our BaitTanks and No Butts About It campaign, we are busy protecting our most valuable resource here on the Central Coast: the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


Save Our Shores is honored to be so well-regarded in the Central Coast community!

GT Best Of


swellies award winner
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Save Our Shores, 2017 Swellies Winner
Save Our Shores, 2017 Good Times Best Of RunnerUp


Save Our Shores founded the Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance. In addition, Save Our Shores is a founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a community partner in the San Lorenzo River Alliance, and a member of both the Clean Seas Coalition and the Sanctuary Education Panel.


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Save Our Shores is certified as a Monterey Bay Green Business for exceeding environmental regulatory requirements, preventing pollution, and conserving natural resources.

Save Our Shores has also been certified by CaliforniaVolunteers as a Service Enterprise. A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization.

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