Here on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, we ALL play a vital role in protecting our ocean. But the fact remains that hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic, garbage, and cigarette butts continue to pollute our oceans and harm marine life at an alarming rate.
YOU can help prevent this by joining the largest volunteer event on the planet – Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17th, from 9 am – noon.
Happening at over 80 cleanup sites in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is your opportunity to protect our beautiful Sanctuary in Monterey Bay.
To support Annual Coastal Cleanup Day in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, text “SOS” to the number 20222 to donate $5 toward the largest community cleanup of the year.
Cleanup sites include beach, river, inland, and even kayak and SCUBA sites around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Event information, pre-registration, and cleanup site maps can be found at: saveourshores.org/acc.
"If you have enjoyed yourself on a clean and beautiful beach this summer, Annual Coastal Cleanup Day this September 17 is your opportunity to give back to the ocean. Help protect Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties' most valuable resource – our beautiful beaches and shorelines," says Andrew Hoeksema, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs at Save Our Shores.
All cleanup materials will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to help lower the carbon footprint of this event by bringing their own bucket, reusable bags, and gloves to help reduce single-use disposables generated.
In 2010, Save Our Shores coordinated 6,043 volunteers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties who removed nearly 20,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from local beaches and waterways in just 3 hours, pollution that would have otherwise entered the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. With just over 100 countries participating in this massive global effort to keep pollution out of our oceans and waterways, International Coastal Cleanup Day is the single largest volunteer event on the planet.
We'll see you out there on September 17th!