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NJ Signs Bill to Curb Single-Use Waste

At long last, New Jersey now has the strongest, most comprehensive law in the United States to reduce single-use waste, including harmful plastic items. Clean Ocean Action (COA) thanks NJ Governor Murphy for signing the bill into law today.

In addition to 35 years of beach litter data from our Beach Sweeps program, Clean Ocean Action worked with several groups to support a law to reduce single-use waste litter on beaches and in the ocean, and to prevent needless harm to wildlife that mistake it for food or get entangled in these items.

The law, which goes into effect in spring 2022, bans single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service ware, allows plastic straws on demand, and phases-out paper bags at large grocery stores.

Congratulations to all who worked to support a law to reduce single-use waste, a true-blue win for the sea, as well as you and me!

Read Clean Ocean Action's Press Release


Waves of thanks to all those who tuned in last month to view The Ocean is Calling virtual celebration honoring the 35th Anniversary of the Beach Sweeps.


Although the auction is now closed you can still tune in HERE to view.

Waves of thanks to our Beach Sweeps volunteers! 

Over 4,000 volunteers gathered at over 60 New Jersey beaches and waterways to remove harmful debris at COA's 35th Annual Fall Beach Sweeps on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Enthusiastic volunteers spent the day cleaning, collecting and tabulating debris that they removed from shorelines from Bergen to Cape May Counties. The data produced from this event  will be publicized in an annual report that provides a deeper exploration into the pollution issues throughout the Jersey Shore. The 2020 Annual Beach Sweeps Report will be released in April 2021, prior to the 36th Annual Spring Beach Sweep. To view data presented in the 2019 Beach Sweeps Report, click here.


Clean, epic waves were enjoyed by The COA Open surf contest competitors and spectators on October 24, 2020 at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch, NJ! Thank you to all sponsors, in kind sponsors, contestants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters for their donations and assistance in helping make this 3rd annual competition a success! The funds raised will help support COA's important work of ocean protection to ensure healthy water for marine life to thrive in and people to enjoy! Please see COA’s November NL for details and visit our Instagram and Facebook sites for great photos! To learn more about the event visit:

Congratulations to Eamon Griffin and Eugene Juryn who are the tied winners of the custom, hand-shaped board contest! The boards are crafted and generously by Tom Eadon of TE Shapes! Eamon is a sophomore in high school and raised funds through car washes, babysitting and soccer refereeing. Congratulations, Eamon! Eugene is a valued employee of Bayshore Recycling Corp and his colleagues were pleased to donate to his team! Congratulations, Eugene!

Thank you to all who participated in Clean Ocean Action's 2020 fundraising competition. It was inspiring to see such a high level of participation and competition! All participants in the contest are true-blue friends of the ocean and COA sends waves of thanks to each of you for your support! The funds will be used for COA’s vital ocean protection work. Special thanks to shaper Tom Eadon for his generosity!

Clean Ocean Action’s virtual EcoGuide for students, teachers, and families is now live! Published in previous years to promote the eco-friendly enjoyment of the Jersey Shore, COA has now taken this mission virtual so that it can be accomplished on-the-go. This comprehensive tool serves as a fun database of the best ways to enjoy marine ecosystems while also protecting them. This includes eco-friendly activities for all ages, educational information on issues that COA addresses, and tips on the best places to appreciate nature in NJ.

The EcoGuide is made possible thanks to generous support from the Marta Heflin Foundation.

Find the EcoGuide linked below, ready for mobile or computer use. The EcoGuide functions on mobile devices most efficiently through the “Google Slides” app, but can also be opened on any internet browser.


For Best Use of the EcoGuide:

On mobile phone

Download the “Google Slides” or the “Google Drive” app

When you click the EcoGuide link, open it in one of those apps

Turn your phone horizontally for easiest viewing

On desktop or laptop

Once the link is opened, click “present” in the upper right-hand corner to view full screen and functionality

To use while offline

Open the EcoGuide while online, then click “download” and download as a pdf to save for use while offline


Clean Ocean Action Making Waves

View our new Annual Report.


Offshore Wind

On July 22, 2020 Clean Ocean Action’s Policy Attorney, Peter Blair presented a Free Lunch & Learn Webinar on Offshore Wind Energy Development Off NY/NJ.

Watch the Webinar recording by clicking here.(Access Password: offshore2020#)

View Peter's presentation slides by clicking here.

Overarching Policy: To ensure the environmentally sustainable development of Offshore Wind in the New York/ New Jersey Bight.

Read Clean Ocean Action Offshore Wind Policy Stance.

Join COA in saluting NJ Assembly Members Houghtaling (NJ-11) and Downey (NJ-11) for introducing a statewide bill today to prohibit the intentional outdoor release of balloons, and to minimize accidental release. Balloons are festive and fun, but released outdoors they can be lethal to birds, turtles, whales, and many others. Balloons litter our ocean and are one of the most lethal forms of marine debris. In fact, 70,055 balloons were removed from NJ beaches by volunteers on just 40 days during the 20-year period (1999-2019) of COA's biannual Beach Sweeps! Also, a recent study in the journal Marine Policy ranks balloons as #3 of the 20 deadliest forms of trash in the ocean.

Let’s get this bill popping! Support A4322 by signing the petition! COA is not anti-balloon, just anti-balloon litter, and want to protect marine life from this harmful, painful, and senseless threat.


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