Friday, July 18, 2014

Obama Administration’s Final Decision Declares Open Season on the Atlantic by Big Oil

Obama Administration’s Final Decision Declares Open Season on the Atlantic by Big Oil

Coalition Responds to Administration’s Hypocritical Ocean Policy--- Adds Insult to Injury off Jersey Shore

Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced its issuance of the Record of Decision for environmental review of geological and geophysical survey activities associated with oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast, which has been under a drilling moratorium for decades. 

Upon hearing of this development, Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, stated, “The Obama Administration has officially declared open season on the Atlantic for Big Oil to exploit and threaten our coasts.  This is clearly hypocritical; President Obama just declared June as ‘National Oceans Month,’ calling upon us to be good ocean stewards.  Which side the of the ocean is he on?”  

The Record of Decision brings energy companies one step closer to beginning exploration of the mid- and south-Atlantic, from Delaware Bay to Florida, for oil and gas reserves.  Zipf pointed to the strong opposition that citizens and elected officials in many coastal states have shown over the years to offshore oil and gas development.

“Atlantic coastal states have thrived for decades on clean ocean economies such as tourism and commercial and recreational fishing.  The New Jersey coastal delegation in particular has stood firm in its resistance to offshore fossil fuel development due to the huge risks that oil spills pose to the marine environment.  One spill could wipe out our entire coastal economy.”

Under the President’s proposed plan, energy companies will be permitted to conduct harmful seismic testing offshore to locate potential oil and gas deposits.  Seismic testing involves the use of arrays of airguns towed behind a vessel that shoot extremely loud, pressurized blasts of air into the water column.  Research on impacts to marine life from seismic testing have shown responses that range from harassment to death. 

“Allowing seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean is essentially opening the floodgates to oil and gas development.  Before an oil well is even drilled, seismic testing could displace fisheries, deafen whales and dolphins, and interrupt vital marine animal behaviors, such as feeding, migration, communication, and breeding,” said Cassandra Ornell, Clean Ocean Action Staff Scientist.  “BOEM claims that the approved plan establishes ‘safeguards to reduce or eliminate impacts to marine life.’  The only way to ensure that is to not do seismic testing at all,” added Ornell.

This announcement comes on the heels of the Federal government’s approval of another seismic testing study in the Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey.  “New Jersey’s marine ecosystem is already going to be subject to seismic blasting this summer by Rutgers University for scientific research purposes.  BOEM is adding insult to injury with today’s approval of additional seismic blasting for oil and gas development,” stated Zipf.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fishin' for Facts Trivia Night

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Who is Clean Ocean Action?
When was COA founded?
How can I get involved with COA today?
How can I help to keep the ocean cleaner?
What are major threats to the ocean's health?

Come find out the answers and celebrate our 30th anniversary of ocean advocacy with a COA trivia night! Test your knowledge about ocean pollution, and COA history, events, current programs, and more! Prizes will be awarded and food will be served. This event is free and open to everyone. Don't miss a night of food, fun, and friends! 

For more information, contact Heather Schleiffer or Abby van Hemmen by phone (732-872-0111) or email ( or!

Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 COAST Volunteer Opportunities

Summer is finally here! Whether sitting on the beach reading a book, cooling off in the water or just hanging out on the boardwalk, there is always a reason to be outside in the hot summer months. Why not add ocean activism to that list?
Throughout July and August, COA will be hosting the 25th annual Clean Ocean Action Shore Tips (C.O.A.S.T.) campaign to educate citizens about current ocean pollution issues. As in previous years, you will find our volunteers at information tables on beaches, beach clubs, and festivals throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties on weekends in July and August.

The (tentative) weekend table schedule is as follows:
July 12-13:      Bradley Beach Lobster Festival, Chapel Beach Club, Driftwood Beach Club, 
                       Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club
July 17:           REVERB and Michael Franti SoulShine Tour EcoVillage
July 19:           Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival
July 19-20:     Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion, Edgewater Beach Club, Breakwater Beach
                      Club, Promenade Beach Club
July 26-27:     Sands Beach Club, Allenhurst Public Beach, Belmar Public Beach, Loch Arbor
                      Public Beach
August 2-3:    Bradley Beach Public Beach 3, Avon Public Beach, Long Branch Public Beach
August 9-10:  Jenkinson’s Pavilion, Brick Beach 3, Sea Bright Public Beach
August 16-17: Lavallette Public Beach, Seaside Park Public Beach, Island Beach State Park
August 23:      Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival
Sept 6:            Brick’s 4th Annual Green Fair
Sept 7:            Beach Plum Festival
Sept 13:          Hammonton's Green Day

To volunteer at a C.O.A.S.T. table, please call Heather at (732) 872-0111 or email her at

We hope to see lots of supporters on the beaches this summer! Stop by a C.O.A.S.T. table to learn about ocean pollution issues, sign important petitions, donate to our cause, buy popular environmentally-themed merchandise and learn how to become more involved with Clean Ocean Action! Together we can achieve a cleaner ocean!

Yours for a cleaner ocean,

Heather Schleiffer
2014 C.O.A.S.T. Coordinator

Monday, June 30, 2014

What’SUP? Shore Paddle for a Clean Ocean!

Join COA and SEA (Surfers’ Environmental Alliance) for fun in the sun and water, at the “Shore Paddle” on Sunday July 13th, 2014 at Victory Park in Rumson, NJ! Race start is 9:00 am and the Fun Paddle begins at 9:30 am. Come out and experience this great event on the Navesink River to celebrate the natural beauty of our shore through this Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) event.

There will be free SUP Yoga demonstrations, and free SUP and yoga classes for all levels of experience! Family fun activities include seining and water testing with the Monmouth County Parks System, as well as seaside crafts and shell painting. The event will conclude with a Beach Sweep!

Check out or for event updates including special events at Molly Maguire’s in Rumson, NJ.

Wednesday, July 9: Sign-up to paddle at the COA table before the price increases!

Thursday, July 10: Pre-paddle Party!   Molly Maguire's will give 10% of dinner sales to the Shore Paddle. Enjoy music and chances to win great gifts! Last chance to sign-up to paddle at the COA table before the price increases!

To register for Shore Paddle Race or Fun Paddle, please visit   To join in the 3-mile Fun Paddle, registration is $75 in advance and $85 the day of the event. The WPA Points Sanctioned 8-mile SUP race is $85 in advance and $100 on race day, and top finishers will receive prizes. Registration begins at 8:00 on July 13 at Victory Park in Rumson.

It’s never too late to sponsor - many opportunities are available! At time of printing, thank you to our Shore Paddle sponsors: Two River Community Bank, Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn, Proodian Healthcare, Elaine Eadon Realtor, Profulgent Technology.

Please call Tory Woods at the Clean Ocean Action office to find out more.