Newsletter Summary

All of us at COA would like to wish all our friends, students, and supporters a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the New Year!

COA continues to grow and build on a very successful 2018, which was made possible by several dedicated, passionate, and capable people who supported us.

If you or someone you know has any end-of-year donations to make, we would humbly request you to consider making them to COA. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

You can donate directly by clicking on this link

Here are some things to look forward to in 2019….

We can’t wait to engage even more future leaders with three Marine Mammal Scientist-In-Training summer courses! We are working directly with local high schools and community organizations to make these programs available to even more minority and lower-income students through scholarships provided by fundraising and direct donations.
SAVE THE DATES for the summer programs and find out more at our website:
JULY 8-12, 2019
JULY 22-26, 2019
AUGUST 5-9, 2019 We have a goal of conducting at least 20 days of local research studying the whales of Monterey Bay through tagging, tracking, and environmental monitoring.
During these days, undergraduate and graduate students will learn new methods and help collect data to understand the relationship between whales and the Monterey Bay marine ecosystem and how we can continue to protect these unique animals and their habitats. We’ve developed a new conservation initiative to better understand and address the problem of large whales being struck by vessels in offshore areas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and other parts of the California coast. Whale strikes in offshore areas are almost certainly happening more than we’ve realized and injured or dead whales may not be easily detected.
COA has adopted this local conservation initiative so we can help reduce the number of whale deaths caused by ship strikes. Thanks to our continued partnerships with the great people at Humble Sea Brewery, we’re announcing our 2nd Annual COA Ales for Whales Fundraiserto support educational scholarships in marine mammal science.
SAVE THE DATE for this as well: SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2019 Stay in TouchStay in touch with us! Follow our progress from the COA website (, Instagram (@californiaoceanalliance), and Twitter (@CAOceanAlliance) feeds.

We will also provide quarterly newsletters to keep you up to date on the latest from our conservation efforts and local success stories!
Contact us if you have interest, ideas, or feedback on our work at
2018 Recap
2018 was a great year for the California Ocean Alliance, and as a new organization we’ve only just begun!

  • COA’s first local fundraiser in Santa Cruz County was graciously hosted by our friends at the Humble Sea Brewery. Local leaders in marine science and policy together with community leaders helped raised enough money to send six high school students to our summer Marine Mammal Scientist-In-Training programs. Stay tuned for more information on our 2019 Ales for Whales Fundraiser.

  • We launched the Marine Mammal Scientist in Training program an interactive summer programs for high schoolers and engaged students in ocean science and how to conserve and protect marine mammals around our California coast. These programs achieved our mission of inspiring the next generation of marine mammal scientists! What an amazing group of young people they are – and are now a lasting part of our COA family.

  • We partnered with other local research organizations including UCSC, Duke University, and Stanford University to conduct and support research in the Monterey Bay on whale behavior and ecology.

  • COA teamed up with Patagonia Outlet in Santa Cruz by participating in several of their local events with other environmental non-profits, including Get out the Vote Day just prior to the November elections.

  • COA scientists participated in numerous local, national, and international advisory and research boards on integrating ocean science and policy on sound in the ocean, whale-vessel interactions, and the establishment of marine protected areas.

  • Some of our most ardent supporters developed a web site to promote and sell Antarctic photographs taken by COA’s own Ari Friedlaender. All proceeds go directly to support COA mission projects. Please visit our new UNFRAMABLE website and order your limited-edition photos!

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