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WILDCOAST

A Voice For the Coast and Ocean

Del Mar, CA   |  www.wildcoast.org

Mission

WILDCOAST is an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and addresses climate change through natural solutions. WILDCOAST meets its conservation mission through: · establishing public and private protected areas; · implementing stewardship and management activities; · building community conservation capacity; · developing and advocating conservation policy; and · carrying out communications campaigns.

Notes from the nonprofit

WILDCOAST is an international team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and addresses climate change through natural solutions. To achieve our mission we establish and manage protected areas, protect and restore blue carbon ecosystems, and partner with local communities, governments, and the private sector. Since founded in 2000, some of our most significant conservation accomplishments include: Helping establish California’s 545,280-acre marine protected area network. Leading the management of 17,779 acres of marine protected areas in San Diego County through outreach, human-use monitoring, policy development, compliance initiatives, and leading the SD County MPA Collaborative. Increasing climate resiliency in San Diego County through the restoration of 42 acres of wetland, quantifying blue carbon storage through sediment research, and advocating for policy highlighting the benefits of blue carbon ecosystems. Installing a trash boom in Los Laureles, Tijuana, Mexico which has

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Dr. Serge Dedina

Main address

2120 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Suite 106

Del Mar, CA 92014 USA

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EIN

77-0536297

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Our programs

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California Marine Protect Areas (MPAs)

WILDCOAST is helping to conserve and manage 545k acres of Marine Protected Areas through through public engagement, policy development, monitoring for poachers and education.

These areas represent some of Southern California's most biologically diverse and important marine ecosystems. They are home to kelp forests, lagoons and rocky reefs that provide food and shelter to an array of wildlife, from tiny invertebrates and a diversity of fish, to blue whales, white sharks, sea otters, sea lions and a variety of birds.

WILDCOAST educates and engages residents and students in San Diego County's MPAs through its floating laboratory program. For these underwater protected areas to be effective, it is critical for the public to understand locations and regulations, participate in stewardship efforts and be actively engaged in the array of recreational and educational opportunities that they provide.

Population(s) Served



Overfishing, mining and coastal development are continuous threats to the coastal and marine wilderness’ of the Baja California Peninsula. WILDCOAST is working diligently to stop these threats from destroying the ecological integrity of the peninsula. Through direct land purchases, conservation easement agreements and unprecedented partnerships with Mexico’s Commission for Protected Areas, WILDCOAST is working to conserve more than 12.3 million acres of critical habitat and ecosystems, maintaining coastal access and building environmental stewardship within the region's most biologically significant locations. With initiatives in the Valle de los Cirios, Laguna San Ignacio and Bahia Magdalena, WILDCOAST continues to lead efforts to protect private lands in Northwest Mexico.

Population(s) Served

Coral reefs tie together the ecological fabric of our oceans. They absorb tremendous amounts of atmospheric carbon, protect coastal communities against hurricanes, provide livelihood through tourism and research and serve as nurseries for commercial fisheries.

WILDCOAST is working with national park staff and local communities in Mexico (Cabo Pulmo National Park and Huatulco National Park) and Cuba to help protect 129,499 acres of coral reefs and the national parks that house them. The organization is support reef-monitoring efforts to gauge ecosystem health and helping to improve visitation best practices. Through beach and reef cleanups, media awareness efforts and education workshops, WILDCOAST is building local, national and international awareness about the importance of coral reefs as a conservation priority and the need to engage local communities in their protection.

Population(s) Served

Sea turtles are ancient marine reptiles that nest on sandy beaches and feed on seagrasses in many of the areas that WILDCOST works directly to conserve. Due to human pressures, including poaching, there has been a tremendous amount of pressure placed on the survival of these magnificent creatures.

WILDCOAST is working to protect some of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches along the Oaxaca coastline. In 2016, one of these beaches, Morro Ayuta, had an estimated one million sea turtles who came to shore and laid 92 million eggs, that resulted in 32 million hatchlings. To protect these sea turtles and conserve their critical nesting beach, WILDCOAST engages hundreds of local children in sea turtle education and outreach activities and have developed a local oil spill response team. Additionally, Morro Ayuta is being promotes as a Wetland of International Importance to recognize its ecological importance on a global scale.

Population(s) Served

Mangroves are among the world’s highest carbon sequestering plants. The desert mangroves of the Baja California Peninsula and Gulf of California sequester five times more carbon than their tropical counter parts. They provide critical habitat and food for marine and terrestrial wildlife and are nurseries for commercial fisheries, sea turtles and crustaceans. Coastal communities depend on these mangroves for protection against sea level rise, hurricanes and storm surges.

WILDCOAST is working to protect more than 60,000 acres of mangrove forests covering more than 500 miles of coastline in northwest Mexico. Through federal conservation concessions, the organization is directly conserving some of the most vulnerable mangrove forests in Bahia Magdalena and the Gulf of California. Working with local municipalities, WILDCOAST is helping to update land use plans to include stronger protections for coastal ecosystems and engaging these local communities in preservation efforts.

Population(s) Served

WILDCOAST works to conserve and restore the 3,489 acres of protected ecosystems in the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Tijuana River Mouth Marine Protected Area through the following activities carried out on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border:
· Supporting and carrying out conservation and habitat restoration programs for project sites.
· Eliminating sources of sewage and trash, including waste tires, that impact coastal ecosystems and protected areas.
· Building a constituency of engaged stakeholders and decision-makers to support conservation and restoration.
· Supporting conservation policies and sustainable land use around project sites.
· Organizing and carrying out project site and beach cleanups.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

4-star Charity 2011

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4-star Charity 2019

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Affiliations & memberships

KEELING CURVE PRIZE AWARD WINNER 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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WILDCOAST is an international group that works to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. Working to realize the vision of restoring and sustaining ecologically sensitive and globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems for generations to come, WILDCOAST's projects provide measurable conservation benefits with long-lasting impacts. By targeting specific ecosystems for conservation with actionable projects, WILDCOAST addresses critical issues such as climate change, threats to biodiversity and wildlife abundance, sea level rise, and long-term conservation stewardship. WILDCOAST directly engages communities in the conservation of ecosystems and wildlife through citizen science, cleanups, outreach, participatory planning, and direct engagement with policy makers.

WILDCOAST meets its conservation mission by:

· Establishing public and private protected areas;

· Implementing stewardship and management activities;

· Building community conservation capacity;

· Developing and advocating conservation policy; and

· Carrying out communications campaigns.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WILDCOAST

Board of directors
as of 12/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Price

Craig Gaunce

Gaunce & Associates, CPAs APC

Josh Chatten-Brown

Chatten-Brown & Carstens

Doug Sheres

Paramo Capital Partners

Emily Welborn Guevara

Philanthropist

David Price

Philanthropist

Laura Araujo

Philanthropist

Heidi Dewar

Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Dovi Kacev

Scripps Insititution of Oceanography

Dominique Cano-Stocco

Verizon

Jill Gartman

Philanthropist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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