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.

Spring Beach Sweeps was a "Sweeping" Success!

Waves of thanks to the volunteers, Beach Captains, Junior Beach Captains, Municipalities, and Sponsors for making the Spring Beach Sweeps a great event on April 13, 2024!

Click here for the Press Release and some early hightlights from the day!

Celebrate Earth Day by becoming a trained community scientist for Rally for Two Rivers!

Become a trained community scientist to help monitor water quality and track down pathogen pollution sources throughout the Navesink and Shrewsbury River watersheds! Once trained, volunteers will be able to collect water samples. Register here to join the Earth Day training event.

COA's Cindy Zipf Chosen Among USA TODAY's Women of the Year 2024

Cindy’s unwavering dedication to protecting the ocean and its thriving marine ecosystem has steered COA through four decades of success. The entire COA Crew, board and staff, are so proud and grateful for USA TODAY's decision as we kick off our 40th year with this remarkable news!

“This recognition is in honor of the amazing science, education, research, and advocacy work of the Clean Ocean Action Crew, the dedicated groups, businesses, elected officials, communities, and thousands of remarkable volunteers of all ages! Success is never achieved alone,” said Cindy.“This publication’s recognition of COA’s transformative efforts should serve as a call to action for everyone to step up to protect the imperiled ocean.”

Waves of thanks, USA TODAY Network for choosing and recognizing Cindy Zipf and COA for New Jersey, and congratulations to all the inspiring, resilient leaders announced Women of the Year!

Read more about Cindy's journey from studying marine biology to founding Clean Ocean Action here.

Join COA for an Offshore Wind Information Session!

Visit our Facebook Event page for more details and to recieve updates. 


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!


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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