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A Virtual Celebration

The Ocean is Calling is Clean Ocean Action’s Virtual Celebration
and will be aired HERE this week, on October 22 at 6:30pm.

Visit as early as 6:00 pm, and enjoy the show!


  Due to lack of contestable waves the past two weekends Clean Ocean Action has postponed the 2020 COA Surf Open until the conditions come together. We are fortunate that the Monmouth County Park System has granted permission to hold the event on any weekend the conditions are most favorable at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. Please stay tuned for the new date! The contest is definitely still on. We are grateful that we are able to wait for the best conditions. COA thanks all of our competitors, sponsors, and volunteers for supporting the event and Clean Ocean Action! To learn more about the event visit:

Wave breaking news! After re-calculating the online donations, as well as the donations that arrived directly at the office, the custom, hand-shaped board contest was actually a tie and has two winners! Congratulations to Eugene Juryn and Eamon Griffin!

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 for a chance to win a custom, hand-shaped surfboard crafted by Tom Eadon of TE Shapes! It was inspiring to see such a high level of participation and competition! 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!

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! We hope to see you all at the 2020 Surf Open.

Special thanks to shaper Tom Eadon for his generosity!

Contest ended at 11:59pm on October 9, 2020. Any funds donated after that will be much appreciated but will not count toward the contest. Please note, some donations have been sent directly to COA's office and will be added to the amounts shown online.

Thank you for your donations to protect the ocean we all love!

Single-Use Waste Ban Passes NJ Legislature!  

THIS IS IT!!! Tell Gov. Murphy to Sign Bill NOW 

With one more step to become law, beach-goers will hopefully be picking-up less trash on New Jersey’s shorelines thanks to a bill that passed the Legislature on September 24. The NJ Senate and Assembly both passed S864/A1978 -- the strongest legislation in the nation to reduce single-use waste items. The legislation, 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.  

Clean Ocean Action commends the NJ legislators who led the bill through the process: Senator Smith (D-17), Assemblywoman Pinkin (D-18), and Assemblyman McKeon (D-27), as well as state legislative leaders Senate President Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Coughlin (D-19), who brought the bill to the floor for a successful vote. For additional co-sponsors, see below. 

It is now up to Murphy to sign the bill into law, which would lead to less single-use waste items littering beaches and the ocean and causing harm and death to marine life! Please help get this bill signed into law! Send a message to Governor Murphy using this form and urge him to sign S864/A1978, the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, as soon as possible. Urge your family and friends to do the same! 

S.864/A.1978 Bill Sponsors:  

NJ Senate: 

Sponsors: Senator BOB SMITH and Senator LINDA R. GREENSTEIN 

NJ Assembly: 

Sponsors: Assemblywoman NANCY J. PINKIN, Assemblyman JAMES J. KENNEDY, Assemblyman JOHN F. MCKEON 

Co-Sponsors: Assemblyman Conaway, Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle, Assemblyman Calabrese, Assemblywomen Jasey, Carter, Downey, Assemblymen Caputo, Holley, Houghtaling, Assemblywoman Jimenez, Assemblymen Mukherji, Danielsen, Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson and Assemblyman Zwicker

Registration for the Fall 2020 Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps on Saturday, October 24th from 9 am-12:30 pm is now open! Since piloting the program 35 years ago volunteers have removed a cumulative total of 7,239,232 items from New Jersey's beaches and waterways.

Register Now

View COA's Covid-19 protocols for Beach Sweeps Volunteers, and the Beach Sweeps FAQ.


Support 35 Years of Beach Sweeps with a commemorative 35th Beach Sweeps t-shirt, designed by our friends at Jetty Ink. Order yours today to receive it in time for the Fall Beach Sweeps!

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For all orders placed up until and on October 1st, Jetty will make all efforts to ensure the shirts are delivered by October 23rd, in time for the Fall Beach Sweeps. Orders from Friday 10/2 on will be fulfilled in November.

The Ocean is Calling ...Are you Listening?  Join Clean Ocean Action for a Virtual Celebration of 35 Years of Beach Sweeps on Thursday, October 22nd from 6:30 - 7:30pm!  The festive evening will include memorable tales and colorful characters from COA’s rich history and will honor the First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy for her Climate Change Education. Hosted by Tim McLoone, the event features an exclusive silent auction and will include a toast from celebration sponsor Tito's Handmade Vodka. To learn more, start your bidding, and donate visit or text to OCEANCALLING to 44-321.

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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