Clean Ocean Action


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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.

Registration for our 2022 Fall Beach Sweeps is open! Join us on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 9am-12:30pm at one of 70+ locations along the Jersey Shore. Sea you out on the beach!

The COA Surf Open

Saturday, October 8 at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch, NJ

Click here for more information!




  • SEND YOUR COMMENTS - COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED by 15 days to AUGUST 23, 2022:  Click here for the Action Alert! - Hurry! Now is the time to weigh-in on the environmental impacts of Ocean Wind 1 (pictured below), the 98-wind turbine project off South Jersey. Interested parties and the public are tasked with reviewing a massive 1400+ page Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on “Ocean Wind 1,” Ørsted & PSE&G’s industrial-scale wind energy project just 13 nautical miles off Atlantic City, NJ.This is the first environmental impact statement under review for offshore wind in this region, but this is just one of 25 projects and lease areas for offshore wind being fast-tracked. This is too much, too fast. A pilot-scale project must be done first.



Did you know that over one million acres of open public ocean is already leased for industrial, large-scale offshore wind energy off the NY/NJ coast?

This is too much, too fast! COA supports responsible and reasonable offshore wind energy, but this is a reckless privatization, and will not ensure protection of marine life including whales, dolphins, turtles and the hundreds of other species that call the ocean home. Also, companies are applying to are applying to "harass, torment, & annoy" thousands of marine mammals, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with site activities (not yet construction & operation) to build hundreds of enormous wind turbines in the ocean. 

Thanks for joining us at the Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest!

Hosted by Clean Ocean Action and the Rumson Environmental Commission, this free family-friendly event was held at Victory Park in Rumson on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Find out more about the Eco-Fest.


Thanks to all the runners for a successful Run the Hook!

Our thanks to Joey Garofalo and Beacon Events for donating a portion of the proceeds to Clean Ocean Action to support our work defending the ocean!

May 4, 2022: Wave Goodbye to Plastic Carry-out Bags & Foam Plastic, New Jersey!

On May 4, 2022, the Single-Use Waste Reduction Act (P.L.2020, c.117) came into effect. This law significantly restricts the availability of single-use plastic bags, polystyrene food service products, and single-use paper bags within the Garden State. More information about the law and the upcoming implementation of its provisions concerning single-use plastic bags, single-use paper bags, polystyrene foam food products, and plastic straws can be found on NJDEP’s website at NJDEP has also indicated that any comments or questions about the law for the Department should be submitted via email to or via telephone at (609) 984-4250.

2021 Beach Sweeps “Dirty Dozen” and “Roster of the Ridiculous” Announced; ¡Forma de Datos Lanzada en Español!

Waves of thanks for a Successful Shore Shindig!

Thank you to all who contributed to make the Shore Shindig a huge success! COA’s Shore Shindig was held on Earth Day (April 22nd) from 6-9pm at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, NJ. The event featured: live music by the Moroccan Sheepherders, an open bar, a raw bar by Lusty Lobster, delicious food, an exciting silent auction and raffle, and excellent company! This was a fun and casual reunion-style get-together with all proceeds benefiting Clean Ocean Action and its mission to protect the waters off New Jersey’s coast. 

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



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