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Save Our Shores is a 501(c)3 non-profit 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. So whether you find us 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, Save Our Shores is busy protecting our most valuable resource here on the Central Coast – the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Save Our Shores is a founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a member of the Clean Seas Coalition, and the founder of the Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance to ban single-use plastic bags around Monterey Bay.

Our staff members sit on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and the subcommittes of the Sanctuary’s Education Panel and Conservation Working Group, all of which have laid a strong foundation for the Sanctuary’s structure, policies, and procedures.

Save Our Shores was awarded Best Non-Profit in the Santa Cruz Good Times Best Of 2012 poll, the Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Awards of 2011, 2nd place in Best Activist Group in the Santa Cruz Good Times Best of 2011 poll, and won Best Non-Profit in the Santa Cruz Good Times Best of 2010 poll. We are honored to be so well regarded in the Santa Cruz community.