March 23, 2012

Plastic Pollution Victory Takes Center Stage on March 20 in Santa Cruz

A big thanks to YOU - SOS advocates, Members, Supporters, Stewards, volunteers and partners - for protecting our ocean for future generations. By making the Santa Cruz County ban on single-use plastic bags possible, you have taken us one step closer to clean oceans and healthy communities around Monterey Bay.

On March 20, the bag ban took full effect for all retail stores and markets in unincorporated Santa Cruz County. Restaurants are exempt, for now, and you will still see plastic bags distributed within city limits of incorporated Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville, and Scotts Valley.

Which is why we need you to bring your reusable bags, bottles, utensils, and more with you - everywhere you go!

It's up to each and every one of us to do our part to protect marine life and cleanup our communities. Why? Because we don't want oceans, ecosystems, rivers, lakes, and communities constantly plagued by plastic pollution!

On March 20, Save Our Shores celebrated Santa Cruz County's long-awaited plastic bag ban by handing out over 1,000 FREE reusable bags and talking to community members about the importance of protecting our ocean through making ocean-minded decisions when we head to the store, market, or restaurant.

Read more about this important step toward plastic-free oceans and communities...

Check out these great photos by Melissa Schott...

Read up on all the latest news coverage:
  • And what was just voted Monterey Weekly's "Best Eco-Trend"? The Plastic Bag Ban.

Thank you!

March 21, 2012

SOS is Hiring an Experienced Non-Profit Grants and Program Manager

Join Team SOS as a Program Manager

Save Our Shores is a non-profit marine conservation organization located in Santa Cruz, California, with programs in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties. Our mission is caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

Grant Management: Oversee all grant related activities
• Strategize which grants to apply for and when
• Serve as primary SOS contact for outside funders
• Prepare and submit grants applications
• Maintain organizational system for tracking current grants
• Manage and organize grant deliverables, hold monthly meetings with staff to check on grant progress
• Work with staff to write grant narrative and financial reports and ensure they are submitted in a timely fashion
• Maintain financial integrity of grant and ensure proper funds distribution
• Submit and track invoicing for all grants

Program Management: Responsible for general organization and management of SOS programs
• Assist with grant writing for SOS programs
• Assist with idea generation for future programs and grants to fund them
• Work closely with Administrative Coordinator to ensure proper work load for staff and delegation of tasks
• Maintain Program Tracking system, setting up new documents each year, and ensuring all staff is updating it
• Available to be staff liaison between program staff and ED

Specific Programs:

Education: Serve as primary contact for SOS education programs
• Develop curriculum for plastic pollution presentations
• Delegate school presentations to Volunteer Coordinator
• Manage grant tracking for school presentations
• Manage plastic pollution education program, including maintaining supplies and teacher relationships
• Assist with education related grant applications, obligations and reports
• Write education related articles for SOS newsletter, website and e-bulletin
• Assist with community presentations as they arise

Advocacy: Serve as plastic pollution related advocacy support
• Assist Administrative Coordinator and ED with plastic pollution advocacy as needed

Adopt A Levee: Coordinate and Manage program
• Manage and Recruit groups
• Coordinate permits, cleanup logistics
• Track progress, schedule cleanups
• Delegate cleanups to Volunteer Coordinator

Special Events: Serve as special event related support to Volunteer Coordinator
• Coordinate permits, event logistics
• Coordinate with Volunteer Coordinator for event details, scheduling
• Manage special event tracking tools and reporting

All tasks are available to change, and may include other duties, as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred
• Strong history in grant writing and reporting
• Experience in program management
• Strong interpersonal skills to interface well with funders
• Strong communication and writing skills
• Ability to work well with others and delegate tasks
• Valid Driver’s license, current auto insurance, and reliable transportation required. Travel is required.
• Ability to lift 35 pounds and walk on uneven terrain.
• Knowledgeable and skilled with desktop publishing, word processing, spreadsheets, and database management

Compensation commensurate with experience

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Emily Glanville, Program Manager at by April 3, 2012.

March 6, 2012

Catch the Award-Winning Film The End of the Line on March 13th

Have you heard that the world’s supply of fish and seafood could be depleted by the year 2050? Now imagine what that means for our oceans as a whole, as well as global warming!

Join Save Our Shores for a FREE showing of the award-winning film The End of the Line at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 13th at the First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High Street.

Dubbed ‘The Inconvenient Truth of the Oceans,’ The End of the Line is the first major documentary film to reveal the worldwide problems caused by overfishing in our oceans.Narrated by ocean advocate Ted Danson, this film might just change the way you look our once endless ocean. Attendees will be given an easy way to Take Action for your ocean by supporting California’s Marine Protected Areas.

When: Tuesday, March 13th, 6:30-9pm
The Large Hall at First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High Street.

About The End of the Line
Filmed across the world - from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Alaska and the Tokyo fish market - The End of the Line follows Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs exhibiting little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. Featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.

This public event is being held in conjunction with the SOS Sanctuary Steward docent training that takes place each Tuesday evening, February through April.

Following the film will be a brief panel discussion with local experts in the field including Melissa Stevens, Research Associate with NOAA Fisheries, Victoria Galitzine from FishWise, and Martin Reed, Founder of

More about our panelists:

Melissa Stevens from NOAA
Melissa is a Research Associate with NOAA Fisheries in Santa Cruz. She helped with research for the Seafood Watch Program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and developed ‘Voices of the Bay’, a collaborative project that brings fishermen, scientists and teachers together to educate local students about Monterey Bay fisheries and communities. She has conducted research on the human dimensions of California fisheries through the use of oral histories and as a Project Specialist with the California Sea Grant Extension Program. From 2007-2010 she participated in a socio-economic study to characterize fishing communities along the north coast of California. The report is soon to be available through the Sea Grant publications website.

Victoria Galitzine from FishWise
Victoria (Tor) is the Communications Program Manager for FishWise, a local non-profit focused on improving the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally responsible business practices. FishWise started out through a partnership with New Leaf Community Markets in 2002 and has since grown to be partnered with major corporations like Safeway and Target. Tor's role at FishWise includes developing consumer outreach materials and staff training modules for retail partners as well as managing FishWise's involvement in the social media movement 'Be Happy', which encourages consumers to make ocean-friendly seafood purchases. Tor is also responsible for launching 'Blue Drinks Santa Cruz', an informal networking event for people interested in ocean conservation.

Martin Reed, owner of I Love Blue Sea
Martin is the founder of, the first online market exclusively selling sustainable seafood. I love blue sea also sells sustainable seafood wholesale to restaurants, caterers, universities and markets.

Popcorn and light refreshments will be served.
See you there