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Santa Cruz coastline is thousands of pounds of trash cleaner


(SANTA CRUZ, October 8, 2008) Save Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy and action on the Central Coast, announced today that 3,015 volunteers collected 10,200.5 pounds of trash and 4,050.5pounds of recyclables from 45 river and beach sites across Santa Cruz County.  Santa Cruz’ volunteer force joined volunteers all across California and from 65 countries across the world to protect the world’s oceans from marine debris in the 24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.  Marine debris is one of the key issues that Save Our Shores works to address.  


The three dirtiest sites were:

  • Sturve Slough at Ramsey Park with 1,677 pounds of trash and 182 pounds of recycling
  • Pajaro River at River Park with 1,200 pounds of debris
  • San Lorenzo River at the Water St. Bridge with 750 pounds of garbage and 450 pounds of recyclables.


The three sites with the most volunteers were:

  • Santa Cruz Main Beach with 227 Boy and Girl Scouts
  • Cowell Beach 200 volunteers
  • Sunset State Beach 178 volunteers


A snapshot of some of the items found during the cleanup includes:

·         5 or more Tires

·         2 Bikes

·         1,000’s of Cigarette butts

·         1 Couch

·         3 55-Gallon Drums

·         7 Shopping Carts

·         1 5-Gallon Bucket full of paint

·         A BBQ

·         A Row Boat

·         100’s of plastic beverage bottles


“It’s so amazing to see what happens when we all work together for the oceans,” said Laura Kasa, Executive Director of SOS.  “If one person picks up trash the beach is better for that day, but if we come together as a community, we can collect enough to help our rivers, beaches and oceans for a long time to come.”


Marine debris is one of the most significant threats to our oceans today.  Each year more than 1 million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals, and countless fish have died from ingesting or becoming entangled in marine debris.  More than 267 species worldwide have been affected by marine debris, including 86 percent of sea turtle species, 44 percent of seabird species and 43 percent of marine mammal species.  Research by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation shows that there is an accumulation zone for debris in the North Pacific Ocean, where plastics outweigh surface zooplankton 6 to 1! 


For more information, please contact Aleah Lawrence-Pine, Program Manager at Save Our Shores at 345-6388 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You can always find us on the web at www.saveourshores.org.


Save Our Shores is the Central Coast leader in marine conservation through citizen action, education and advocacy efforts.  Our core areas of concern are Clean Boating, Marine Debris and Ocean Awareness.  Over the last 30 years SOS has been locally responsible for key accomplishments such as helping to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, preventing offshore oil drilling and cruise ship pollution and bringing together diverse stakeholders to find common solutions to ocean issues. Today we focus on educating youth about our local watersheds, tackling marine debris on our beaches and rivers, supporting habitat conservation efforts, implementing our nationally renowned DockWalker program and providing our community with educated and inspired Sanctuary Stewards!  For more information about Save Our Shores visit our interactive website www.saveourshores.org or call at (831) 462-5660.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2008 14:31
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