Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, August 2006


Featuring...Surfers’ Environmental Alliance

     On the leading edge of coastal activism is Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA).  This grassroots, project-based organization is “committed to the cultural and environmental integrity of the sport of surfing.”  Members are as much devoted to protecting the natural wonders of the coastal environment as they are to fostering and protecting beach access.

     SEA was founded by surfers who wanted to do something to protect the ocean, beaches, and coastlines.  The organization is based in Northern California and New Jersey, with a new chapter set to open in Hawaii.  SEA has no paid staff and no rented office space, and has an all-volunteer board, volunteer legal team, and volunteer activists.

     SEA has worked with COA to take action against ocean pollution.  Currently, SEA is active in the campaign for the Clean Ocean Zone (COZ).  Richard Lee, a SEA national board member, helped draft the bill as a member of the COZ legislative committee and traveled to Washington, DC, to rally support for the COZ bill from Congressional leaders.

     “Ocean pollution from a multitude of sources has greatly been reduced because of the diligent work of the COA team and its supporters,” said Andrew Mencinsky, Executive Director of SEA.  “Surfers, many of whom surf year round, get sick as a result of polluted ocean waters.  SEA continues to partner with COA on our long-standing commitment to water quality related issues.”

     SEA is focusing on many long-standing projects, such as working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to modify poorly designed beach fill projects, and working with NJDEP on several public beach access issues.  SEA’s newest exciting initiative is the submerged surf reef project off Long Branch, NJ. 

     SEA offers many opportunities and events for surfers and non-surfers to get involved.  For information about SEA or upcoming events, visit

Portions adapted from SEA’s website


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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