At Save Our Shores, we are lucky to have an amazing base of volunteers that has committed to supporting our work and furthering our mission. Our Sanctuary Steward program began in 1996 to engage members of the community in issues surrounding marine conservation and advocacy on a deeper level. These passionate volunteers are highly trained and qualified to represent SOS, and dedicate many hours to promoting marine conservation. In 2020, Sanctuary Stewards dedicated over 420 hours to our organization! We would not be able to complete nearly the amount of work we do without them!
Leading beach cleanups is one of the biggest roles Sanctuary Stewards take on. In 2020, Stewards led or participated in 89 cleanup events and helped remove over 6,660 pounds of debris from our environment, even during a pandemic! A huge thank you to everyone who helped prevent all of that debris from entering our beloved Monterey Bay!
With many of our public programs on pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, our Stewards have gotten creative in how they are supporting the Save Our Shores mission. Mother-Son duo Tonia and Connor have begun creating their own outreach videos to share their knowledge of the Monterey Bay and how to help protect it! Be sure to check out their YouTube channel!