March 15, 2011

Cleanup Continues at the Santa Cruz Harbor

The cleanup crews are still working hard pulling parts of broken dock and sunken boats from the harbor.

Here is the latest release from the harbor:
"As a result of the damage caused by tsunami surge waves on March 11, 2011, Santa Cruz Harbor has been designated a Coast Guard Safety Zone and is closed to all vessel traffic. This closure will extend at least through Sunday, March 20, 2011, and will be extended, if necessary. Failure to comply with this closure is a Class D felony, carrying civil penalties of up to $25,000." For more information on the specific dock closures go to

Save Our Shores is trying to coordinate a kayak trash and oil cleanup with Kayak Connection to help out any way we can. There are still a lot of small pieces of debris in the harbor and we haven't seen any major oil or fuel spills since Friday but we are really worried about boats leaking pollution. We are still waiting to hear back from the harbor but we will inform the public as soon as we can to let you know what you can do to help.

If you would like to help in other ways, here are some options:
  • To donate to relief in Japan you can text REDCROSS to 90999 and it will add $10 to your phone bill or you can go to or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • To donate to the local residents who were displaced when their boat homes were damaged you can make a donation to American Red Cross Santa Cruz Relief Fund, go to or call 1-831-462-2881

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