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.

Summer Campaign Announced! Get Informed! Get Involved!

Clean Ocean Action launched our annual summer outreach campaign to keep the ocean clean, wild, and free. While the theme of the campaign varies from year to year, the method is the same: training local volunteers to engage and inform the public about urgent threats to the ocean.

“The ocean is for everyone, so everyone should play a role in defending it,” said Reagan Volk, COA’s 2024 Summer Ocean Policy Campaign Intern. “This is why I am proud to unveil our campaign and public opinion survey evaluating people’s perspectives on current plans for ocean industrialization. This summer, Clean Ocean Action will have volunteers manage information tables at beach clubs, farmers’ markets, and boardwalks along the coast. At these tables, residents and visitors can answer questions about threats to the ocean and how they want to see their ocean protected.”

Looking for a way to participate in community science this summer? Fill out our water quality reporting form for the Two Rivers (Navesink & Shrewsbury)! 

Community members can fill out this form any time throughout the day. The responses collected from the form will help to collect additional data and fill information gaps for COA’s ongoing water quality monitoring programs. Click on this link to get started! 


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 us for the Fall 2024 Beach Sweeps - Registration Coming Soon!

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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