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The Stubborn and Selfish City of Scotts Valley

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IT IS ABSURD and disturbing to know that Scotts Valley is the ONLY city in Santa Cruz County that still supports and accepts the horrendous single-use plastic bag. Not only do these bags end up in our nation’s trash cans; but in our world’s oceans. These plastic bags might seem easy to toss out, but these bags will haunt […]

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Marine Protected Areas, What Are They Good For?

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CALIFORNIA IS UNIQUE in many ways, and when it comes to the ocean there is a natural phenomenon called upwelling that happens off our coast. This process brings oxygenated nutrient dense deeper water up to the surface. The nutrient abundance supports unique native habitats including kelp forests, rocky intertidal areas, wetlands, and the California Current. Each […]

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Forget Me Knot

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Photo Credit © Christophe Buidin FORGET ME KNOT: Local Marine Protected Areas and Bird Species Resiliency Author and MIT Scholar visits the Monterey Bay to share stories of bird migration Did you know you are part of an annual 19,000 mile round-trip migration of a shorebird that is roughly the size of your foot? Every […]

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2016 Frans Lanting Fine Art Print Giveaway

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“I believe it is a privilege to live here and our responsibility to keep it the world-class environment we enjoy.” – Frans Lanting, world-renowned National Geographic photographer and Santa Cruz local.   A LETTER FROM FRANS LANTING Friends, I have lived all my life near the ocean – never farther away than 15 minutes. I’ve been […]

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2015 Ocean Business of the Year: Ventana Surfboards and Supplies

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THERE’S A COMFORT in finding a brand that resonates with you. Their creations become more than just products, they become a lifestyle, a mark that embodies your personality. That is the way Save Our Shores feels about Ventana Surfboards and Supplies. The brand, the products, the function, the environmentally conscious values and design, they bring us closer to the ocean we strive to […]

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Make a Difference Day: Cleanup the San Lorenzo River

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THERE’S NOTHING better than seeing the shores of our San Lorenzo River clean and healthy before winter. During years with normal weather patterns, the river seasonally flushes into the Monterey Bay and with it, all the trash that’s littered along the banks. This pollution can harm our river and ocean wildlife, trash our beautiful beaches, […]

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#SOStrashtalk: September 2015

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On this September edition of #SOStrashtalk, the monthly marine debris meter from Save Our Shores, we give you the FIVE most common types of beach trash.  We have recovered these items at nearly 80 beaches and waterways along the Central Coast of California since the beginning of 2015.  

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#SOStrashtalk: August 2015

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Ever want to know what beaches are the most polluted with waste debris in the Monterey Bay Area? #SOStrashtalk will tell you everything you need to know.  Say no to dirty beaches, cleanup after yourself and remind others to do the same.  

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Ban Plastic Bags

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WE ARE ENEMIES of the environment. Though many of us have seen and experienced our affect on the environment first hand, we continue to ignore the true intention of our being. We are the creators of many things, but the destroyers of so much more. Banning plastic bags removes our impact on nothing other than […]

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MPA Mondays: Point Lobos

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Point Lobos, the “crown jewel” of California’s State Parks, is one of our most treasured Marine Protected Areas on the Central Coast.  Named for the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos (Point of the Sea Wolves), where you can hear the barks of the California Sea Lions who call this area home, Point […]

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