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MPA Mondays: Our New MPA Passport

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Getting people excited about Marine Protected Areas can be challenging, since they are located offshore and are, therefore, not easily accessible. To help educate local youth about the 29 Central Coast MPAs, we created a learning tool called the MPA Passport.

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Reporting from Davenport

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Davenport Main Beach is one of 10 Hot Spots that we are focusing on in 2014. These Hot Spots demonstrated the greatest need for outreach and cleanup efforts, according to data and community input. We hope to remove sites from the list as we give them the attention they require.

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A Sign of the Times

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If you’ve visited any local beaches, you’ve probably come across a Save Our Shores sign or two, welcoming visitors and urging them to keep the area free of trash and other pollutants. Two such signs, which were stationed at Scott Creek Beach, were returned to our office in late October, after someone severely damaged them with […]

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MPA Mondays: More Fish, Bigger Fish, More Sex

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Attempting to explain what a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is or why it is important can be extremely challenging—especially when your audience lives far away from the beach or local MPAs are not easily accessible. For that reason, we were delighted to stumble upon a new illustrated guide written by Amelia Urry and posted on […]

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This Summer in Davenport

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Davenport Main Beach is one of our 2014 Hot Spots for a reason—it’s consistently trashed by parties, illegal camping and heavy foot traffic. During the summer, conditions only worsen. In order to address this issue, a team of dedicated volunteers with Save Our Shores—led by Sanctuary Stewards Haig, Sienna and Melanie—hit the beach every Sunday […]

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Tour MPAs Without Getting Wet

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Visiting California’s marine protected areas (or MPAs) has never been easier, thanks to the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation‘s new online Central Coast MPA Tour.

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30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day Results

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UPDATED ON 9/29/14: We are thrilled to announce the results of the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day in Monterey Bay. On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m.-noon, 3,884 volunteers at 83 sites located between Waddell Creek and Big Sur prevented 24,379 pounds of pollution and debris from entering the bay!

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Help Ban Plastic Bags!

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SB270—the state bill commonly referred to as the plastic bag ban—passed the legislature last week and now awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. You can help by calling or writing to the Governor to encourage his signature. He has said that he “may” sign it. We need him to change that “may” to a “will.” Why, you ask? After […]

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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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