From climate change to plastic pollution and wildlife disturbance to habitat degradation, a host of threats challenge the wellbeing of your Monterey Bay. At Save Our Shores, we work hard every day to protect and conserve our precious local marine environment and address those threats. We inform and educate the public, foster the next generation of ocean stewards, promote smarter marine environmental policies, and motivate and catalyze citizen action on a daily basis. 


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If we stand together, we can heal together.

We at Save Our Shores stand with all who seek truth, justice, and a future that is safe, equitable, and sustainable for all. As we continue to protect our life-giving waters, we will open our hearts to learning so that we can better ground our work in justice and equity and help heal our broken world. READ MORE

“Racial inequity is a problem of bad policy, not bad people.”

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Author of How to Be an Antiracist and director of the Antiracism Center

Support our GoFundMe campaign! Together we can Save Our Shores...

Want to support our ongoing work as we adapt during these challenging times and help us get a buzz going about the need to remember our ocean backyard — even during this challenging global health crisis? Click HERE to visit our GoFundMe campaign. Want to help even more? Share our GoFundMe campaign with your networks and consider starting a fundraiser with a note about why you support our work!

Dive into our online learning resources!

Explore virtual field trips, activities, worksheets, and citizen science projects for PreK-12 to bring the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary into your home. Click HERE.

Learn how to do safe social distancing cleanups!

In keeping with the state and county guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled our public events and beach cleanups until further notice to protect our staff, our stewards, and our community at large. To  learn how to conduct your own cleanups alone or with people you have been sheltering in place with click HERE.

Check out our YouTube Channel!

If you’ve missed any of our recent events, check out the recordings on our YouTube channel

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated, rallied with us, and attended our 2019 events!

2019 was another landmark year for Save Our Shores.  We delivered ocean literacy programs to over 2500 students, led over 250 beach cleanups with over 8,000 volunteers keeping over 11 tons of trash out of our beloved Monterey Bay. We’re also proud to have gotten more than 25 jurisdictions to act on various forms of plastic pollution—with the state following Santa Cruz County’s lead in banning the distribution of single use plastic toiletry bottles in the hospitality industry! 

Stay up to date with our local conditions!


Click HERE to view resource links to stay up to date by monitoring the conditions in our oceans!

Celebrating the powerful impact of 2019's Coastal Cleanup Day!

2,297 passionate volunteers collected more than 9,400 pounds of trash and over 1,700 pounds of recycling from 64 beaches, rivers, and inland areas across Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties! Thank you to all of our wonderful Site Captains and volunteers! This tremendous effort to keep our waterways clean could not have happened without you! 

Dive #4 San Lorenzo River, May 30, 2019 (under the trestle bridge by the Boardwalk)—We picked this location because for three big reasons: 1) the accessibility; 2) the calm water; and 3) the expectation of trash.

Meet "seAmore"

Seamore is a mini ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) who helps us explore our Marine Protected Areas and survey debris. Visit our blog on National Geographic’s Open Explorer to follow Seamore’s adventures!



We’re taking on contact lenses, single-use toiletry bottles, coffee pods, balloons, microfibers, and single-use water bottles which are polluting the Monterey Bay and filling our local landfills. 



We’re celebrating four incredible decades of protecting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Watch this video and hear from one of our founders, Kim Tschantz, about the creation of Save Our Shores in 1978. 

OUR MISSION is to steward Clean Shores, Healthy Habitats, and Living Waters to foster a thriving Monterey Bay and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We focus on these three areas because we believe they are the most critical conditions for a healthy marine ecosystem.
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Featured photos by Kim Steinhardt, Edward Garner, and Amelia Olson