CLEAN OCEAN ACTION INC

Be the Sollution to Ocean Pollution

aka Clean Ocean Action   |   Long Branch, NJ   |  www.cleanoceanaction.org

Mission

Our goal is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast.

Clean Ocean Action will identify the sources of pollution and mount an attack on each source by using research, public education, and citizen action to convince our public officials to enact and enforce measures which will clean up and protect our ocean.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Cindy Zipf

Main address

49 Avenel Boulevard

Long Branch, NJ 07740 USA

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EIN

22-2897204

NTEE code info

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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On a cold day in 1984 in Sea Bright, NJ, Clean Ocean Action (COA) set sail on a bold journey to improve and protect the ocean off New Jersey and New York. At the time, the region was the Ocean Dumping Capital of the World, was a threat to public health and marine life, and was on the brink of ecological collapse. The network united to stand up and defend the ocean, and included fishermen, boating, diving, surfing, tourism, community, realty, women’s and gardening groups. COA applied a successful action plan using research, education, and citizen action to stop ocean dumping, garbage wash-ups and pathogen pollution. Thirty-six years later, ocean dumping is history, the region’s marine life is improving with whales, turtles and seals seen frequently offshore, and the Jersey Shore is a premiere coastal destination for millions. It has a robust, clean ocean economy supporting a multi-billion dollar tourism industry that sustains hundreds of thousands of jobs. But the fight isn't over.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Beach Sweeps

Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups in the world. The cleanup first started in 1985 at Sandy Hook with 75 volunteers.

In 1995, Clean Ocean Action started to keep records on the groups that participate in the Beach Sweeps. Since then, over 1,450 groups have supported the effort. These groups includes over 550 environmental and civic organizations and governmental agencies, 549 schools, 288 boy and girl scout groups, and 75 business teams.

Since 1985, over 60,000 volunteers have participated in the Beach Sweeps resulting in over 140,000 volunteer hours for the environment. Volunteer efforts have resulted in millions of pieces of debris removed from New Jersey's Beaches. A value for this cleanup effort has been estimated to be almost two billion dollars.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Beach Sweeps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of stakeholders or stakeholder groups who agree to engage

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of debris collected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Beach Sweeps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects number of pieces of debris, not pounds. 2019 still estimated

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of middle and high school students attending Student Summits

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Clean Ocean Action (COA) works to improve ocean health for the benefit of our communities, marine life, and ecosystems, by identifying pollution sources, educating the public, and inspiring action for change.

Clean Ocean Action employs multi-pronged strategies to combat threats to the ocean. They include:

Finding pollution sources, identifying solutions, and launching campaigns to eliminate the source.

Promoting laws and programs that protect public health at swimming beaches.

Educating citizens and communities about the connection between polluting habits and behaviors, and ocean health.

Ensuring laws are enforced, pollution is reduced, and violators are prosecuted.

Advocating for monitoring and repair of infrastructure.

Identifying sound alternatives for sediment removed from coastal waterways.

Reducing plastics and litter.

Monitoring complex public notices for harmful proposals.

Targeting toxins in waterways to ensure fish and shellfish are safe to eat.

Working with COAlition partners to promote comprehensive legislation to establish the nation’s first Clean Ocean Zone, which will permanently protect the marine waters off New York and New Jersey.

COA is large coalition of businesses, NGOs, similar-minded non-profits, and concerned community groups who work together to collectively harness the power of shared voices from the tip of Montauk, NY down to Cape May, NJ. COAs strengths lies in the ability to mobilize people to effect change, from basic personal actions up to enacting legislative change, all for the good health of the ocean. Over ten thousand volunteers engage in the annual beach sweeps twice a year, thousands of students participate in the Student Summits, and hundreds more are touched by COA through community presentation, student leadership programs and special events.

COA’s bold campaigns have:
• ended ocean dumping at eight dumpsites off the coast of NJ including sewage sludge, acid waste, toxin-laden muck
• blocked ocean industrialization, including seven Liquefied Natural Gas facilities
• passed the first and strongest law in the nation to prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling in state waters
• passed the nation’s strongest fertilizer control law to protect coastal waterways
• reduced sources of raw sewage protecting swimmers from dangerous pathogens
• established the region’s largest environmental litter reduction event, Beach Sweeps, and removed over 6,700,000 pieces of trash
• conducted a statewide assessment of microplastics along the entire NJ coast
• created a model coastal watershed protection program, called Rally for the Waterways
• created a community pollution reduction certification program, called Municipal Blue Star

COA also developed “Watershed Mindfulness” programs to engage people in pollution reduction at the local level, as well as coordinating diverse and engaging educational programs for all ages (youth – seniors), to reduce pollution, climate change and plastics.

COA conducts research on plastics, pathogens, and chemical pollution by engaging citizen science with rigorous oversight by the PhD staff scientist. Research is expertly coordinated with state and federal agencies, as well as with outside scientists to ensure quality and success.
COA acts as a watchdog. COA’s Policy Attorney monitors rules and regulations, legislative proposals, and policies to ensure they are protective of water quality. The Policy Attorney also responds to and investigates calls from citizens about polluting activities.
Together, the staff, a lean green ocean pollution fighting machine, implements action campaigns, including meetings and rallies to inform the public and record testimony. Petitions and letter-writing campaigns are prepared with scientific, technical, and legal expertise to ensure protection of marine water quality from pollution, including from pathogens, chemicals, and marine debris.
The results are clear: the waterways of the Jersey Shore have come a long way from a national joke due to pollution to a premier international tourism destination. It is a powerful story of the little coalition that could and did, and with continued support, will keep making waves for clean water.

Financials

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CLEAN OCEAN ACTION INC

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2020
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Board chair

Mr. Leo Gasienica

Broadridge Financial, Retired

Term: 2019 - 2021

Leo Gasienica

Patsy Guttenplan

Jim Lovgren

Commercial Fisherman

Jeff Martin

Marine Science Educator

Bob Bennekamper

Concerned Citizen

Bonnie Torcivia

Concerned Citizen

Valerie Montecalvo

President, Bayshore Family of Companies

Tom Fagan

Community Workers of America

DW Bennett

President and Founder, 1884 - 2009