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Calling All Earth Day Volunteers!   


Santa Cruz Earth Day Festival Get outdoors with Save Our Shores on Saturday, April 16, in Santa Cruz and Take Action for Earth Day! Bring your family and friends or come alone - the health of our coastal community depends on you.

  • Volunteer from 10am-1pm at the San Lorenzo River Cleanup
  • Volunteer from 10am-12pm at the Cowell/Main Beach Cleanup
  • Or volunteer with the Save Our Shores crew at the Santa Cruz Earth Day Festival in San Lorenzo Park!
And on Saturday, April 23rd, join us for the Half Moon Bay Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration from 10am-Noon. Festivities continue into the afternoon at this family-friendly event! Find out more about Earth Day...

Beers for the Ocean at SC Mountain Brewing April 21! 
Beers for the Ocean on April 16When we told you Save Our Shores was celebrating Earth Day all month long, we were not kidding! 

The fun continues over at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing on Thursday, April 21st for Thank You Thursdays - a night of delicious beer drinking in the name of ocean conservation. Proceeds benefit Save Our Shores, so grab a friend or ten and meet us there! Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is a certified organic brewery located at 402 Ingalls Street on the Westside of Santa Cruz.  
Save Our Shores Wins Best Non-Profit  for 2011 

Save Our Shores Wins Best Non ProfitSave Our Shores is honored to be chosen Best Non-Profit in the 2011 Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Awards! Save Our Shores has been spreading roots in the Santa Cruz community for over 30 years and our network continues to grow each year. Thank you Santa Cruz! And thank you to our volunteers & Members for making it all possible.


          The 5th International Marine Debris Conference  

Executive Director Laura Kasa presented informatio
n about our marine debris data collection and plastic pollution efforts at the International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, HI, last week. Participants from around the globe were eager to find out how they, too, could use the SOS data collection cards, as well as how they could get their hands on some of those awesome BaitTanks she introduced them to. Laura was also approached by a NOAA Marine Debris Task Force representative who requested SOS data for the West Coast Governor's Agreement, and was International Marine Debris Conferencelucky enough to meet with Sam Farr one-on-one to talk about SOS and the many ocean issues we are working on today. With over 35 countries represented and Jack Johnson closing the event with a new song about single-use plastics, the conference was an all out success.

Save the Date: Summer Kickoff Party June 8th


Kickoff Party in Monterey


When: Wednesday, June 8th, from 5-7pm

Where: Light and Motion, 300 Cannery Row, Monterey


Join the staff and volunteers of Save Our Shores for our Kickoff the Summer for Clean Beaches party in Monterey. Taking place on World Oceans Day and hosted by Light and Motion, this Monterey kickoff party will introduce new faces to the work of Save Our Shores and inspire citizens to take action for the ocean in Monterey County. Come out to meet other oceans lovers and activists in your community and learn how you can make a difference for the ocean right in your own backyard.


For more information email or call 831.462.5660 x #3.



A Note About the Tsunami in the Santa Cruz Harbor  


Save Our Shores was evacuated, 13 boats sank, people lost their homes, oil and fuel leaked into the harbor, and we are still unsure of the environmental effects this devastation may have in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. To help with cleanup efforts and oil spill prevention, Save Our Shores was on hand and giving out stacks of free oil absorbent pads, pillows, and small booms during the week following the tsunami. Read more about the tsunami in the SC Harbor on our blog...  

Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

Save Our Shores joined the California State Parks Foundation for the Annual State Parks Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Sacramento last week. Our group was 175 people strong who spoke in support of AB 42 and SB 580. AB 42 would make it possible for State Parks to contract other organizations to manage upkeep of State Parks if the parks were to close due to budget cuts. SB 580 would set standards for how State Parks can and cannot be used for other projects if they face closures.  


Along with representatives from Ocean Conservancy, Save Our Shores also got to speak in front of the State Assembly in support of AB 376 while at the Capitol that day! AB 376 is an important bill that would ban the sale of shark fins in California.  Read more on our blog post...


We are also watching AB 337, a bill that would create sustainable seafood labeling in California, which would be a big step forward for our fisheries.


Save Our Shores staff will also participate in the upcoming Oceans Day at the state Capitol on April 4th. We will be supporting SB 568, a critical bill that if passed, would ban styrofoam take-out containers state-wide. We are also supporting AB 298, which would regulate material and toxicity of reusable bags. Additionally, we are keeping a very close eye on opposition bill SB 915, and will keep you updated as to any actions you might need to take to help keep our marine environments plastic pollution-free!


Read more about our Advocacy efforts on our new website and stop by our new Take Action! page to show your support for healthy oceans!  


Save Our Shores Earth Month Volunteers Needed! 

  • Sat, April 9th, 10am-Noon: Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanup at Carmel River State Beach 
  • Sat, April 16th, 10am-1pm: San Lorenzo River Cleanup as part of the Santa Cruz Earth Day Festival
  • Sat, April 16th, 10am-Noon: Santa Cruz Monthly Beach Cleanup at Cowell/Main Beach as part of the Santa Cruz Earth Day Festival
  • Sat, April 23rd, 10am-Noon: Half Moon Bay Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration at Francis St. Beach & Poplar Beach

 Find info on beach & river cleanups on our Event Calendar...
Ocean News
Ocean News from Save Our Shores

Officials still unsure what caused massive sardine die-off in So Cal's King Harbor Marina 


Salmon season opens in Monterey Bay 

USGS finds 2,000 year-old coral near BP Gulf well

California drought officially over, but conservation is still recommended

Radioactivity of Japanese seafood feared

Our Plastic Food Chain - or - The Turtle Who Pooped Plastic, by J Nichols 


Small Business Administration offers loans for failed salmon 2010 season 


Andy Keller of ChicoBags and BagMonster set sail for North Pacific Gyre

Take Action!

Support a Plastic Bag-Ban at the 2012 Olympics! 

The London  Olympics and Paralympics are being billed by the organizers as 'the most sustainable Olympic games ever', but the organizers are permitting the use of throwaway plastic bags. Greener Upon Thames is campaigning to make the games Plastic Bag Free. We need your help to convince the organizers that the public supports an Olympic bag ban.

Take Action to ban the bag at the 2010 Olympics today! 

In This Issue
News & Events
Take Action!
Volunteer with SOS!
Ocean News
Thank You Donors
Become A Member

Check out the NEW Save Our Shores website...  

Save the Date for a Special Monterey Beach Cleanup in May!

On Saturday, May 14th, Save Our Shores will hold our regular Monterey monthly beach cleanup at Del Monte/Municipal Beach at Wharf #2. But  volunteers will receive a bonus for lending a helping hand for the oceans: a free ticket to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Thank you to our Online Donors!

Thank You SOS Members

SOS thanks the following for their generous online gifts in March: 

  • Mary Doyle
  • Jim Plutchak
  • Jason Scorse 


 Become an online donor in April!   

Join the Human Race on May 7th!

Human Race 2011

Raise funds for your ocean by participating in the Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run on Saturday, May 7th!

You can make a secure donation online here...

Or sign up to walk or run by joining the Save Our Shores team...

The Human Race is a time when our community bands together to sustain vital programs through a fun and easy fundraising event. Find out how you can get involved today!  

Thank you to our Community Fundraisers
A big thanks goes out to the Davenport Gallery for choosing Save Our Shores as the donor recipient for their beautiful art show this past month entitled 'Our Oceans.' 

Keep up the great work!

Become a Member of Save Our Shores
SOS Membership

Members of Save Our Shores keep pollution prevention happening all year long. From beach and river cleanups to the BaitTanks to styrofoam and plastic bag bans around the Sanctuary, our pollution prevention work depends on the ongoing support of our Members.  

Become a Member today!

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Thank You

Thank You Heart from SOS
Save Our Shores thanks our many volunteers, sponsors, partners, and contributors for helping Save Our Shores continue our work of caring for the marine environment through Ocean Awareness, Advocacy, and Citizen Action!

The ocean and its inhabitants thank you, too.

SOS: Winner of Best Non-Profit of 2010!