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Green Business Certified!

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After seven months of hard work, we finally received our Green Business Certification last week! The City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department—a partner in the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program—awarded us with the certificate, after we met program criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. The certification was incentivized through a […]

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MPA Mondays: Point Sur Lightstation

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The Point Sur Lightstation turned 125 on August 1! Throughout its long history, the lightstation—located just 40 minutes south of Carmel—has kept ships from crashing into the rocky shoreline. And since September 2007, it has also marked the northernmost boundary of the Point Sur State Marine Reserve and the Point Sur State Marine Conservation Area. […]

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Monterey County Passes Plastic Bag Ban

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Last night, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags in the unincorporated county. The ordinance also stated that the stores would be required to charge a fee for all bags they provide. The ordinance is scheduled to return to the board agenda on Aug. […]

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MPA Mondays: Lights, Camera, Point Lobos

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Locals and tourists flock to Point Lobos for a variety of reasons—from the picturesque scenery, to the abundant wildlife, to the prime SCUBA diving. But did you know that in the early to mid-20th century, Point Lobos was also a popular film location? At least 47 films have been shot at the site. Some filmmakers […]

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Journey into the “Blue Mind”

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We’re co-hosting a book launch party to celebrate the release of SOS board member Dr. Wallace J. Nichols’ new book, “Blue Mind,” this Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Bookshop Santa Cruz—and you’re invited! Nichols is an acclaimed marine biologist and conservationist, who has served on our board of directors since 2009. In “Blue […]

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Citrix cleans beach, rescues otter

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Citrix is one of many companies that teams up with us to clean local beaches each year. During one such cleanup on Friday, July 11, 22 Citrix employees collected 39 pounds of trash at Seacliff Beach. While preventing pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the group spotted a sick female otter on the sand. Rather than simply go […]

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Drones in the Sanctuary

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On June 23, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Paul Michel released a statement about the increased use of unmanned aircraft systems in the sanctuary over the past year. Also known as aerial drones or quadcopters, these unmanned aircraft systems are regulated above the waters of the marine sanctuary. In many coastal waters, they are […]

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Thank you for celebrating responsibly!

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With the Fourth of July landing on a Friday this year, we knew the number of visitors to Santa Cruz and Monterey counties would dramatically increase and, consequently, so would the amount of pollution entering the bay. In order to prepare for the influx of people and litter, we teamed up with the City of Santa […]

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Plastic Challenge #8: Cost Analysis

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Save Our Shores has come a long way since we first implemented our plastic-free policy in January of this year. We’ve learned how to consume less plastic at the grocery store and how to avoid unwanted plastic packaging in the shipments we receive. Our ultimate goal is to host entirely plastic-free events, but for now, […]

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Pollution Prevention is Patriotic!

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and here at Save Our Shores we know what that means … tons of pollution on our local beaches! But with the help of volunteers, we can prevent that pollution from entering the Monterey Bay and harming marine life. Register to volunteer! The first opportunity to […]

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