Sea to Shore Alliance focuses on the journey from the aquifer to the ocean, connecting the water, animals, and humans that rely on healthy coastal resources and habitat.
As one of the leading coastal conservation organizations in the USA, Sea to Shore Alliance holds first-hand knowledge of the damage that marine debris causes to marine species’ populations. A component of our organization’s mission, which promotes the conservation of endangered marine animals such as manatees, sea turtles, and whales to gain protections for larger coastal regions, involves rescuing individual animals from marine debris entanglements during our research efforts. These efforts are often in vain, as many of these entanglements lead to mortality. As a major focus of our work is endangered species protection, our team is seeking to prevent these losses, which are unsustainable for the recovery of these imperiled species.
Sea to Shore Alliance is initiating a marine debris educational program, with a specific focus on how endangered marine species are impacted by this pervasive threat. We hope to draw attention to the increasing threat of marine debris by outreaching to citizens, and youth in particular, throughout Florida and Georgia. Sea to Shore Alliance is in the process of acquiring a large RV to be used as a mobile learning unit to visit junior and high schools and attend community festivals along the east and west coasts of Florida and Georgia. Our educational team will present educational programs instructing these audiences on preventing land-based litter and derelict fishing gear from reaching the ocean. Visits to schools will be augmented with an optional beach-clean up scheduled for the following day in order to cement lessons learned while on our educational vehicle.
Educating the public promotes awareness
Sea to Shore Alliance’s past experiences in educating the public on marine issues has lead us to the conclusion that often people are simply unaware that their actions affect conservation. Once a citizenry is informed and aware, they often implement changes for the betterment of the environment. Sea to Shore Alliance is expecting broad-based benefits to the marine system along the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast from Georgia to Florida through a reduction in beach/boat littering and discarded fishing gear. In addition to the coastal system, this program will enrich participating students by infusing them with a sense of community and purpose. Furthermore, festival participants benefit through the understanding that they are able to become actively involved in conservation efforts through simple behavioral change.
Become an H²O Ally and #take4sea2shore!
With our social media campaign, #take4sea2shore you can help us clean up our habitats and oceans from ANYWHERE in the world, whether you are under the sea or at the shore! The best part is that you could be rewarded for doing so!
All it takes is a simple collection of at least 4 pieces of litter from any coastal area, waterway, or spring. Post a photo of your debris collection on Instagram, hashtag #take4sea2shore, and tag @sea2shore to enter our monthly contests! Make sure that you’re following @sea2shore so we can view your entries and share them on our page below! Prizes vary each month from surf and beach apparel, to ocean-minded artwork and water sport gear
»Here are the top 10 items we’ve saved our sea from since July, 2015!
» How it all breaks down: OVER 50% of the material we have collected is made from PLASTIC!
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The latest #take4sea2shore contest!
The winner will be randomly chosen from whoever participates in #take4sea2shore and tags @sea2shore and @benjhicks in the caption! Don’t forget to tag #take4sea2shore in your caption as well so you can qualify! Post your photo before Halloween and you could win this sweet trucker hat donated by Nomad Surf Shop!
» We are a host for the International Coastal Cleanup in 3 locations!
1. Dania Beach, FL!
Sea to Shore Alliance partnered with Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography and Broward County to host a cleanup in Dania Beach on September 19th, 2015! See this article to learn more about the 900 pounds we cleaned up!
2. Belize District, Belize!
On September 26th our Belize manatee conservation project coordinator hosted a cleanup in the Belize District with Oceana and The Scouts Association of Belize!
3. Boynton Beach, FL!
On October 24th we will be hosting a cleanup at Sea to Shore Alliance’s adopted, Ocean Inlet Park, in Boynton Beach, Florida.
The event will be from 8-10:30 AM and will be sponsored again by Nomad Surf Shop and Smile – share the vibe!
Come out, help the environment, and win some prizes!
» Sea to Shore Alliance adopted Ocean Inlet Park in Boynton Beach, Florida!
We’ll be hosting cleanups at this beautiful beach and marina park all year so come join us!
See the list below for next few cleanups we have scheduled for Ocean Inlet Park.
- Saturday, October 24th (part of the International Coastal Cleanup)
- Saturday, December 5th
- Saturday, January 9th
- SUNDAY, February 14th (come celebrate your love for the ocean on Valentines Day!)
- Saturday, March 12th
Email email@example.com if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of the #take4sea2shore campaign or H²O!