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.

POSTPONED! COA Open rescheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2023

Due to unfavorable weather and wave conditions, the COA Surf Open will be postponed to  Saturday, October 7, 2023 (alternate date: October 8) from dawn 'til dark. Kids activities will be available for the rescheduled date. SEA you on October 7!

If you have any questions, please contact the Clean Ocean Action office at 732-872-0111.


  • Interested in volunteering for the event? Wonderful, we would be excited to welcome you! To sign up, please contact COA's Resource & Development Director, Jocelyn Graham via email at or call the office at (732) 872-0111.




Get your buckets ready - October is rapidly nearing, and so are the 2023 Fall Beach Sweeps! Choose a clean-up location from a list of over 70+ participating sites here and register here today!

Attention Monmouth County High School Students

Submit an Interest Form for the '23-'24 S.E.A.L. Program today!

COA is recruiting Monmouth County high school students for the fourth year of our S.E.A.L. Program! Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in participating in this free and exciting program, which meets twice a month from October to May. Participation is great for building up our world’s future leaders (and their resumes)!

Click here to learn more and submit an interest form! Interest forms are due October 1.

Email questions and inquiries to COA's Education & Volunteer Coordinator, Kristen Grazioso at:


Plan the Back to School SEAson right by joining us for some exciting Student Summits!

Join COA for a FREE fall field trip that takes learning beyond the classroom! Students will experience hands-on, marine environmental education oceanside at our Student Summit program! We are thrilled to bring the program back to the Nature Center of Cape May on October 5th and to Island Beach State Park on October 12th! 

Applications are open 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 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



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Long Branch, NJ 07740

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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

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