Clean Ocean Action


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Not Clean Ocean Action! (COA)
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 2023 Beach Sweeps is on April 1st!

Beach Sweeps registration opens on February 14th!

Interested in becoming a Beach Sweeps Captain or Junior Beach Captain? Click on the links below to learn more: 

Beach Sweeps Captain

Junior Beach Captain

Complete a Brief Survey on Littering Behavior!

What makes people litter? One of our college student interns organized a survey for you to tell us! It's short and anonymous. Share it with your friends, family, and co-workers! The survey will close on February 3rd.

7 Dead Whales Have Washed-up in the NY/NJ Region in just over One Month

Clean Ocean Action demands that President Biden abide by our 3-point action plan. How many whales must die before common-sense response is taken?

To reiterate, COA demands are:

1.) A thorough, transparent investigation of these whale deaths performed by federal agencies with independent, third-party scientist oversight. The public must have access to all reports from the investigation every step of the way.

2.) A hard stop to all current in-water activity by the offshore wind industry, until the investigation is complete.

3.) A hard stop to all new, pending, or planned offshore wind projects. Note: there are already 25 projects totaling over 1 million acres permitted or planned in the region at this time.

Unprecedented Numbers of Endangered Whales Wash-up in NJ/NY: Ocean Groups Demand President Biden Conduct Transparent Investigation and Halt Offshore Wind Energy Activity

In response to the unprecedented wash-up of six endangered whales on beaches within the NY-NJ region, which may be related to the unprecedented offshore wind pre-construction activities by as many as 11 companies in the same area, Clean Ocean Action hosted a press conference on December 9, 2023, to release a letter to President Biden calling for swift and comprehensive actions. Clean Ocean Action and supporting groups demand the ocean and marine life be protected.

Click here to read the press release

Click here to read Clean Ocean Action's letter to President Biden

Click here to see the chart which highlights the allowable harms to marine life from offshore wind projects in the NJ/NY region

The Ocean Needs Your Voice!


Submit Your Comments to Save the Ocean, Save the Whales...NOW!


Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest 


Eco-Fest will return to Victory Park in June 2023 (exact weekend TBD). Hosted by Clean Ocean Action and the Rumson Environmental Commission, this free, family-friendly event is an environmental celebration of the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers. 

Interested in having your student(s) attend? Fill out this Eco-Fest Interest Form and we will follow up with more information!


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.

Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers, partners, and sponsors for joining our 37th Annual Fall Beach Sweeps! View the Press Release here and check out our social media for more stories and photos from this
SEA-rific event, thanks to you!


The 2023 Beach Sweep dates are April 1st and October 21st

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

Check back in early Spring to register. We look forward to seaing you out on the beach!

Questions about the Beach Sweeps? Find answers on the Beach Sweeps FAQ page.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 COA SURF OPEN on Saturday, October 15! 

Click here for more information!

Thanks to all the runners for a successful Run the Hook!

Our thanks to Joey Garofalo and Beacon Events for donating a portion of the proceeds to Clean Ocean Action to support our work defending the ocean!

2021 Beach Sweeps “Dirty Dozen” and “Roster of the Ridiculous” Announced; ¡Forma de Datos Lanzada en Español!

Waves of thanks for a Successful Shore Shindig!

Thank you to all who contributed to make the Shore Shindig a huge success! COA’s Shore Shindig was held on Earth Day (April 22nd) from 6-9pm at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, NJ. The event featured: live music by the Moroccan Sheepherders, an open bar, a raw bar by Lusty Lobster, delicious food, an exciting silent auction and raffle, and excellent company! This was a fun and casual reunion-style get-together with all proceeds benefiting Clean Ocean Action and its mission to protect the waters off New Jersey’s coast. 

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



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