Clean Ocean Action


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COA does not go door-to-door. We do not solicit funds or signatures, or distribute information through canvassing. If you have questions or concerns, COA suggests contacting your town administrator. Please further note that Clean Ocean Action has no financial affiliation with the organization called Clean Water Action (formerly known as NJ Environmental Federation) or any other canvassing organization.

COA Meet & Greets - Atlantic County & Cape May County

This December - Join us in South Jersey for an info session and to learn how you can get involved!

Join us on on December 5 at Ventnor City Branch Library and on December 13 at Sea Isle City Branch Library to meet COA's South Jersey Coordinator, Toni Groet and some other members of the COA crew! We'll share information about our programs, citizen action campaigns, ways to get involved and more! Coffee and refreshments will be available to start at 5:30pm followed by a brief presentation and volunteer meet and greet at 6pm. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Toni Groet at

COA Meet & Greet
Date: December 5
Location: Ventnor City Branch Library
6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventnor City, NJ 08406
Time: 5:30pm - ​7pm
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COA Meet & Greet
Date: December 13
Location: Sea Isle City Branch Library
4800 Central Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243
Time: 5:30pm - ​7pm
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New Jersey is about to DOUBLE the amount of offshore wind (OSW) energy, allowing construction on nearly 374,000 more acres of ocean to install industrial power plants for fossil fuel giants and/or foreign corporations. Four more applications to build massive OSW projects are now pending in response to the NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) “Third Solicitation.”                            

In the name of good governance, fiscal responsibility, and environmental stewardship – this process must be stopped, and the Third Solicitation applications cancelled.

Click here Take Action NOW for Reasonable & Responsible Offshore Wind Energy!


Plan an exciting Spring SEAson by joining us for a free Student Summit!

Join Clean Ocean Action for a FREE field trip this Spring!

Take learning beyond the classroom by applying for your students to attend COA's 36th Annual Spring Student Summit and experience hands-on environmental education ... at the beach! COA is thrilled to host this free program at Gateway National Recreation Area - Sandy Hook Unit on May 15th & 16th.

Applications are open until April 15th for interested middle schools to apply! Teachers can apply to bring up to 30 students to the Summit closest to their school's location. Click here to learn more and apply!


Waves of thanks for a fantastic 2023 Fall Beach Sweeps!

SEA you for the Spring Sweeps in 2024!

Mother Nature was unpredictable, but once again volunteers proved themselves to be true-blue, all weather friends of the ocean and came out to clean the beaches across the state - rain or shine! Waves of thanks to all who were able to make it and to the fabulous 2023 Beach Sweeps sponsors for their support! SEA you again in 2024! 


Waves of thanks to all who participated in the 6th Annual COA Surf Open on October 8th! A big shout out to our sponsors, in-kind donors, judges, contestants, spectators and long-time supporters who made it an exciting day on the beach to support COA's mission. Nearly 100 competitors in 9 divisions crushed it riding stellar waves. Check back soon for highlights, rankings, and photos from Ryan Struck, Michael McKenna, Robert Siliato and Jack Flaherty.

Additional thanks to our sea-rific COA volunteers for all their dedication and help - we couldn't do it without you all!

WAVES OF THANKS to all who came out to help launch a citizen action campaign to protect the ocean, including from industrialization: Clean Ocean Zone. Special thanks to Funtown Beach for donating their space for the event and to the Bikini Boys for donating their time to make this amazing and inspiring sand sculpture!


Eliminating Plastic Carry-out Bags & Foam Plastic!

Good job, New Jersey! After just 5 months of the law coming into effect, the New Jersey Food Council estimates that 3.44 BILLION plastic bags and 68 million paper bags have been eliminated from the waste stream as a result of this law! Clearly, the law is having a positive impact on our communities and the environment. Keep it up! 

For more on the law as well as initiatives to reduce plastic pollution, click here.

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



49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

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