Caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action.
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About Save Our Shores

Save Our Shores is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz, California. Contact Us

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!

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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 thefounder 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's Education Panel, Science Advisory Council,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.



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The Science Advisory Council
The History of Save Our Shores
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What We Do
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What people are saying about Save Our Shores:

"The most important effort to protect our coastline could not have happened without Save Our Shores." - Leon Panetta, CIA Director and former Congressman who chaired the 2003 Pew Oceans Commission

"Thanks for all the work you do to create a beautiful and safe environment for bodysurfers and other ocean enthusiasts." – Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Association

"Save Our Shores is a venerable environmental organization that has been at the front of every major effort to combat threatsto our precious coast and marine environment during the last three decades." - Fred Keeley, former member of the California State Assembly, author of the California Marine Life Management Act, andcurrent Board Member Emeritus for Save Our Shores

"We continue to support SOS because of the advocacy and education your organization provides to protect and enhance the quality of the Monterey Bay. All of our Cruz members benefit from the work your organization does and we appreciate that very much." – Santa Cruz Master Aquatics

"You guys are putting great energy into something I believe in and I appreciate what you are doing." – George Ow, Jr., local businessman and philanthropist

"Kudos and thanks to Save Our Shores for all your fantastic initiatives, beach cleanups and powerful leadership toward policy changes that help create healthier seas. REI is very proud to be a small supporter of your huge efforts. Thanks for all you do! With great appreciation and respect, Ellie." - Ellie Kincade, REI Marina

"Joining Save Our Shores is a great way to pitch in and help the community and have fun doing it." – Tom Davis, co-owner of Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, after a dozen climbers volunteered at an SOS river cleanup along Aptos Creek

"It is part of our mission to support groups like yours who contribute to making theworld a better place. We honor our partnership." – Lorin and Jill Troderman, owners of Blue Lotus, a family-run business committed to providing practical and sustainable goods that are healthy for people and the planet

"Instead of celebrating in typical fashion, I’ve decided to ask each of you to consider supporting me by sending a donation to my favorite non-profit organization, Save Our Shores. I am passionate about the ocean and the wildlife it contains and want to ensure that we have healthy oceans for generations to come." – Martel Anderson, SOS Santuary Steward, SOS Volunteer of the Year in 2010, and newly appointed Board Member for SOS, in a letter to her friends regarding her upcoming birthday



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