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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.

COA is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the 2020 Open surf contest on Sunday, September 27th at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. After careful deliberation and approval from the county park service, it was decided that the event could be run in a manner that would not jeopardize the health and safety of any of our contestants, volunteers, staff and spectators. It has also been decided that the traditional After-Party will NOT be held as proper distancing protocol would not be sufficiently maintained. The Open is one of COA’s few annual fundraising events so the money raised from the contest is vital to the empowerment of the organization’s ocean conservation efforts.

Stay tuned for more details regarding registration and safety protocol. We are currently in need of additional sponsors, if your business is interested in supporting the event, please reach out to

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.


This summer, I hope you will consider a gift to the ocean by supporting Clean Ocean Action.  Here’s to a healthy, beachy summer! 


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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