You can help keep oceans and shorelines safe by supporting these outstanding organizations

By Annie S. Butterworth
February 05, 2008
A father and son enjoy clamming along a national estuary in New Hampshire.
Lisa Nash

Save Our Seas
After Hurricane Iniki devastated Kauai in 1992, citizens metto discuss ways to protect and preserve their island. Out of thatfirst meeting, Save Our Seas was born. The organization aims toteach people the value of their environment through research andinitiatives such as the "Ocean Pulse" program. Call 808/651-3542 orvisit

Surfrider Foundation
In 2004, the Surfrider Foundation won a Coastal Living leadership award. With more than 50,000members today, Surfrider has earned numerous accolades for itsefforts to clean up the coast. Call the home office in SanClemente, California, at 949/492-8170, or visit for volunteeropportunities.

Actor Ted Danson helped launch this Web site that promotesthe protection of marine creatures including dolphins, whales, andsharks. Based in St. Augustine, Florida, BlueVoice produces filmsand Web videos designed to educate the public about ocean wildlifeabuse. Visit

Blue Frontier Campaign
This organization's founder won the Coastal Living leadership award in 2005. Three years later,the organization is still going strong. Its goal is to providetools for and promote messages of coastal conservation groups.Among its accomplishments, the campaign has hosted several BlueVision Conferences, produced a Web site and media reports, and held"Celebration of the Seas" dinners to educate the public. To jointhe "seaweed rebellion," call 202/387-8030 or visit

Coastal Conservation Association
The nonprofit CCA works at local, state, and national levelsto combat overfishing and restore marine resources. Supported byrecreational saltwater anglers, the group's legislative effortsspan from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Visit to find ways you canhelp.

National Estuary Program
This organization just celebrated 20 years of protecting ourestuaries from coast to coast. In recent years, the NEP hasreclaimed or sustained more than 1 million acres of criticalcoastal habitat, and raised more than $3 billion. Partnering withlocal organizations, the NEP renews wetlands, builds artificialreefs, and eliminates invasive vegetation surrounding nationallysignificant estuaries. Visit and click on "contactus" to find a local representative.

Clean Beaches Council
Launched in 1998, the Clean Beaches Council promotes coastalsustainability. Their Blue Wave Campaign, the nation's firstenvironmental certification program for beaches, produces an annuallist of clean and healthy shores. Visit for thelatest list.

World Wildlife Fund
The WWF has worked to end destructive fishing practices, stopillegal marine wildlife trade, and reduce pollution in coastalareas since the 1960s. It also helped start the Marine StewardshipCouncil, which recently began labeling supermarket seafood with asticker signifying that products come from eco-friendly fisheries.Call 202/293-4800 or visit more information.

Algalita Marine Research Foundation
In Long Beach, California, the Algalita Marine ResearchFoundation offers volunteers a truly hands-on research experienceaboard the ORV Alguita, a ship used by the foundation for researchand educational trips. Interested patrons can serve as crew, orvolunteer to work in the foundation's lab at the Cabrillo MarineAquarium. For a complete list of environmental initiatives, call562/598-4889 or visit