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Enter our Plastic Pollution Art Contest to highlight the effects of plastic pollution in our oceans!

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The June 10th California Ocean & Climate Justice Summit amplified stories and solutions from the BIPOC environmental justice leaders who participated in a spring mini-fellowship hosted by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Save Our Shores. Please join us in supporting these emerging leaders in their efforts to inspire California to recognize how its diverse population, cultural influence, vast wealth, and startup mindset can be essential collective forces to regenerate our ocean and lands and launch a just, sustainable global future.

Our speakers share their experiences offering insights into how and why things are broken and how we might begin to envision and implement meaningful solutions. Their stories and dialogue invite us to explore how we can evolve beyond fundamentally flawed systems that rely on environmental racism and sacrifice zones.

Our vision is to have the California Ocean & Climate Justice Summit serve as a catalyst for an ongoing statewide community of practice aimed at nurturing the global transformation needed to cultivate a thriving future.

Visit for the Fellows’ bios and email addresses.

Help stop plastic pollution in the Monterey Bay!

The Plastic Industry is trashing our planet, and we are fighting back!

Save Our Shores is calling our community to action. We are launching a signature gathering campaign to minimize pollution from plastic beverage bottles by mandating that all single-serve beverages be sold in aluminum and glass containers.

Sign our petition today to urge local legislators to be a part of the plastic pollution solution!

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

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! 

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