Our mission is to steward Clean Shores, Healthy Habitats, and Living Waters to foster a thriving Monterey Bay and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Years of service: 44
Their story: From climate change to plastic pollution and wildlife disturbance to habitat degradation, a host of threats challenge the wellbeing of the Monterey Bay. Save Our Shores works to protect and conserve the precious local marine environment and address those threats. They inform and educate the public, foster the next generation of ocean stewards, promote smarter marine environmental policies, and motivate and catalyze citizen action on a daily basis.
Fundraising focus: There are the three pillars, the guiding principles Save Our Shores follows to ensure that our Monterey National Marine Sanctuary thrives now and for generations to come:
- Clean Shores - SOS is flipping the beach cleanup model on its head by focusing on education and outreach. Delivering K-12 marine science curriculum to local schools and creating bilingual materials to reach more audiences and engage our entire community, helping to foster knowledge of our local ecosystems and stewardship of the Monterey Bay. They are identifying key sources and locations of litter using data from their cleanups to target cleanup and advocacy efforts on localized issues and big polluter brands.
- Healthy Habitats - SOS is building collaborative relationships with local organizations to better understand coastal habitats and their needs, and leveraging those connections to help restore damaged or polluted habitats through restorative aquaculture. They are mobilizing volunteers and community members to work with organizations that specialize in coastal habitat surveying and restoration.
- Living Waters - Through our ocean and climate justice initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and speaker series events SOS is educating and informing the community of the local and global impacts of climate change on our marine ecosystems; the inherent connections between ocean, climate, and human health; and the need for transformative solutions.
- LeadershipErica Donnelly-GreenanExecutive Director
Erica’s background as a marine conservation scientist and experience with marine facility operations, people management; and outreach with organizations focused on threats to our region’s environment will lead Save Our Shores into the future to fulfill its mission to steward clean shores, healthy habitats, and living waters to foster thriving marine ecosystems across our region. She plans to strengthen Save Our Shores’ ongoing coastal conservation efforts continuing to emphasize youth education and engagement and to sustain the organization’s commitment to advocate for smarter coastal policy while actively engage community members and visitors.