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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.

Waves of thanks to all the citizens and groups who made calls and sent emails to their Assembly members! It worked! Your voices on behalf of the ocean were heard! 


Today, the NJ Legislature passed the bill A1978/S864, now the strongest legislation in the country to reduce single-use plastics. The legislation passed the NJ Assembly 48-24-7 two hours ago and the Senate 25-13 less than an hour later. The legislation, which goes into effect in spring 2022, bans single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service ware, allows plastic straws on demand, and phases-out paper bags at large grocery stores.  


“Now, we can all look forward to picking-up less trash on our beaches and during Clean Ocean Action’s bi-annual Beach Sweeps. There will be less plastics in the ocean to cause harm and death to marine life,” said Cindy Zipf, COA Executive Director


The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Murphy, who has 45 days to act on the legislation. COA encourages citizens to call the Governor’s office at 609-292-6000 to urge him to sign A1978/S864, the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. 

Registration for the Fall 2020 Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps on Saturday, October 24th from 9 am-12:30 pm is now open! Since piloting the program 35 years ago volunteers have removed a cumulative total of 7,239,232 items from New Jersey's beaches and waterways.

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View COA's Covid-19 protocols for Beach Sweeps Volunteers, and the Beach Sweeps FAQ.


Support 35 Years of Beach Sweeps with a commemorative 35th Beach Sweeps t-shirt, designed by our friends at Jetty Ink. Order yours today to receive it in time for the Fall Beach Sweeps!

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For all orders placed up until and on October 1st, Jetty will make all efforts to ensure the shirts are delivered by October 23rd, in time for the Fall Beach Sweeps. Orders from Friday 10/2 on will be fulfilled in November.

The Ocean is Calling ...Are you Listening?  Join Clean Ocean Action for a Virtual Celebration of 35 Years of Beach Sweeps on Thursday, October 22nd from 6:30 - 7:30pm!  The festive evening will include memorable tales and colorful characters from COA’s rich history and will honor the First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy for her Climate Change Education. Hosted by Tim McLoone, the event features an exclusive silent auction and will include a toast from celebration sponsor Tito's Handmade Vodka. To learn more, start your bidding, and donate visit or text to OCEANCALLING to 44-321.


Registration for the 2020 Clean Ocean Action Open is live! To sign up, head to and click “Register Now”. Once on the LiveHeats page, you will need to make an account in order to register for the contest.

Since we cannot host an After-Party this year, we will be hosting a unique virtual fundraising competition to win a custom board, hand-shaped by renowned and respected Monmouth County shaper, Tom Eadon to the dimensions of your choosing! The surfboard fundraising competition is open to everyone, not just contestants! Head to the website for more details, follow the link to the GoFundMe page, select “create your own team” when prompted and start fundraising! All funds will go to Clean Ocean Action’s vital conservation programs.

Waves of thanks to our presenting sponsor Advisors Mortgage Group as well as all 2020 sponsors: 2nd Jetty Seafood, TAK Waterman Surf and Fish, World Subaru NJ, Skytop Landscaping, Red Rabbit Aesthetics, The Gallery Residential Brokerage, Luxury Group Insurance Agency, Wells Painting, Warshauer Electric Supply, and Messina-Mimnaugh Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

There are also still openings for sponsorship, if interested, please email Programs@(Spam protected email address)


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


Clean Ocean Action Making Waves

View our new Annual Report.


Offshore Wind

On July 22, 2020 Clean Ocean Action’s Policy Attorney, Peter Blair presented a Free Lunch & Learn Webinar on Offshore Wind Energy Development Off NY/NJ.

Watch the Webinar recording by clicking here.(Access Password: offshore2020#)

View Peter's presentation slides by clicking here.

Overarching Policy: To ensure the environmentally sustainable development of Offshore Wind in the New York/ New Jersey Bight.

Read Clean Ocean Action Offshore Wind Policy Stance.

Join COA in saluting NJ Assembly Members Houghtaling (NJ-11) and Downey (NJ-11) for introducing a statewide bill today to prohibit the intentional outdoor release of balloons, and to minimize accidental release. Balloons are festive and fun, but released outdoors they can be lethal to birds, turtles, whales, and many others. Balloons litter our ocean and are one of the most lethal forms of marine debris. In fact, 70,055 balloons were removed from NJ beaches by volunteers on just 40 days during the 20-year period (1999-2019) of COA's biannual Beach Sweeps! Also, a recent study in the journal Marine Policy ranks balloons as #3 of the 20 deadliest forms of trash in the ocean.

Let’s get this bill popping! Support A4322 by signing the petition! COA is not anti-balloon, just anti-balloon litter, and want to protect marine life from this harmful, painful, and senseless threat.


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