The ocean takes care of us. Let’s return the favor.

The ocean is a vital resource that provides food, water, commerce, recreation, medicine and even the air we breathe. Today, our ocean faces unprecedented threats from pollution, trash, risks to marine life and multiple impacts from climate change.

The Many Threats to the Ocean

Unfortunately, our ocean faces unprecedented threats from pollution, trash in our ocean, risks to marine life and multiple impacts from climate change.

You Can Make a Difference

The ocean needs our help and you can make a difference by committing to take action in your everyday life. Join us today in saying, “Thank You, Ocean!” Sign up for the Thank You Ocean e-news to receive the latest videos, news, and updates.

Ocean and Coastal Photo Contest Winners

The power of a breaching whale, the luminous mystery of Morro Bay at sunrise, the quiet drama of a surfing memorial and a startling seafloor surprise–all are captured by photographers in the 16th Annual Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest. Discover images of our ocean’s beauty, wonder and excitement. We talk with Sylvie Lee, program coordinator for the California Coastal Commission, who discusses the winning entries from more than 1,200 photos. More »