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Causes: Animals, Education, Educational Services, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Nearly three quarters of the earth is covered by ocean, and changes to the marine environment have a direct effect on the planet, the environment, and ultimately, our lives. Yet mankind continues to dump, pollute, overfish, and in a variety of other ways, contribute to the demise of the ocean and the lives of its inhabitants. The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education seeks to enlighten people, young and old, to the plight of the oceans, to change the way they think and act, and to encourage them to create positive and lasting change.

Programs: COARE is constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to make a difference. The following are some of the projects in which we are involved: Enough With the Plastic Already!: An incredible amount of oceanbound waste could be reduced if people were simply more aware of how their habits affect the world around them. We seek to raise public awareness of some very commonly overlooked sources of trash, and want to encourage people everywhere to examine their choices and make a conscious effort to make a positive and lasting change. Educational Content: The future lies with our children. While everyone has the power to make a difference, COARE believes that children and young adults hold the greatest potential to enact the changes our world needs. By creating short segment educational films geared specifically for educators to bring into their curriculum, interest in and discussion about ocean life, creatures, concerns, and conservation can easily and effectively be sparked in the classroom. COARE Values for the Classroom: By arming children with necessary information, and by dispelling commonly held myths at an early age, we can empower future generations to make intelligent and effective decisions. Moreover, our target audience can then influence their friends and family to make similarly informed choices. This project will promote sustainable choices and reduce ocean-bound waste around the San Francisco Bay Area by developing and implementing a curriculum of conservation oriented presentations which can be made at a variety of elementary schools. Shark-Friendly Communities: Beginning with the city of San Francisco and neighboring towns and cities, COARE and WildAid are organizing a campaign to increase awareness of shark finning and the deleterious effects of shark fin soup consumption. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to encourage communities and city administrations to embrace a requirement that any shark fins used come from legal and sustainable fisheries. As part of this project, COARE is proud to offer Shark Safe℠ certification to businesses that distinguish themselves through their dedication to shark conservation. Marine Life Protection Act Initiative: Working in conjunction with groups like The Marine Mammal Center, Defenders of Wildlife, and Natural Resources Defense Council to fulfill the requirements of the Marine Life Protection Act signed into California law in 1999, COARE co-authored and supported a proposal for a new array of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) recently adopted for California's North Central Coast, and continues to provide recommendations for Marine Protected Areas throughout the state and around the world. Green Divers for Blue Oceans®   SCUBA divers and freedivers are more intimately aware of the oceans and the life within it. They are also more apt to notice the changes that have occurred, and that continue to occur, beneath the surface. As divers, we are ambassadors representing the underwater world, and it is our duty to share conservation messages with the non-diving world. The Green Divers for Blue Oceans® campaign encourages divers to become more engaged in conservation, and provides messaging to help them effectively reach others - from individuals to wide audiences. World Oceans Day Celebration: Several years ago, COARE teamed up with a few other Bay Area organizations to begin a tradition of annual events that celebrate ocean life.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a policy intern for COARE in 2014, and had the opportunity to see first-hand how Christopher and this great organization is helping foster a better relationship with our oceans. We worked together on California’s plastic bag ban, and I was amazed by the exceptional work ethic COARE’s of leaders. COARE does fantastic work getting its members involved, and I am overjoyed to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenal group. No doubt I will stay active with COARE into the far future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During an impetuous visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Shark Days, I was introduced to Christopher Chin, the founder of the Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education. We spoke for a while about our passions for the ocean, as well as our favorite marine species. From the get-go, I could tell that this man's passion for sharks far exceeds that of the common visitor to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He excited me more than I realized about Chondrichthyes, and next thing I knew, I was on the volunteer list.

When the opportunity arose to work alongside Christopher Chin at World Oceans Day, this summer, I seized it immediately. We spend hours speaking to the general public, communicating the our passions for the oceans as well as shark conservation to anyone who would listen, and were quite successful in gathering signatures of California residents who supported bill AB 376.

I am proud to have worked with Mr. Chin, and would work again with him in a heartbeat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to COARE when I met founder Christopher Chin at a rally in San Francisco's Chinatown to raise awareness about the numerous problems with shark fin soup. That was about 2 years ago and I've been a regular volunteer since.
COARE has a way of interacting with the public and getting them interested in the problems currently facing our oceans. Everything from teaching children about sharks and the problems plastics are causing in our oceans, as we recently did during the Marine Science Institute's Earth Day celebration, to reaching out on an international level in getting a number of restaurants to stop serving shark fin soup with its SharkSafe certification program. This organization also lobbies frequently to get more laws in place that will protect the overall health of our oceans as Christopher recently did when he testified in front of the California state legislature on behalf of the plastic bag ban, as well as on behalf of the shark fin ban.
Overall I've been really impressed with the dedication and presence of this organization and all the people involved with it.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Christopher Chin has so much passion with conserving the ocean and it really shows when he speaks to others about it. He has made me open my eyes more to what humans have done and what we can do to help stop the destruction of the ocean. It is great to work with a nonprofit who shares the same compassion as I do.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer regularly with the Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education (by representing them at various events in the area, as well as by helping to manage their online and social networking presence).

I have been consistently impressed by COARE's presence -- they are invited to (and attend) a large number of events nationwide, and have made a difference not just in the United States, but internationally as well. For example, COARE's SharkSafe program, which certifies restaurants around the globe as serving food that is safe for sharks (the restaurants have to vow not to serve any shark products, as well as to obtain their seafood via sustainable practices) has restaurants participating in places as far away as Indonesia (and as close to home as San Francisco).

COARE's presence at events is essential to getting people involved and starting a discussion about why the oceans are so important. This brings me to another thing that COARE is astonishingly good at: motivating people to take action, and following up with them to in a way that's non-obtrusive or pushy. Their newsletters are informative and give a number of volunteer opportunities, and it's easy to be involved to whatever extent a supporter is comfortable with. I've seen a number of people approach COARE's Executive Director at events, questioning what the organization does and why they should care, and walk away ready to volunteer.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first encounter with COARE was the enthusiastic description detailed to me by the executive directer, Christopher Chin at the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society NYC weekend. Christopher lit up with joy when discussing COARE's Shark Safe initiatives in local restaurants, the importance of spreading ocean love to optimistic kids, and describing the potential COARE has for making change in marine conservation. It did not take him long to recruit me onto the COARE team so that I too could dedicate countless glorious hours spreading enthusiasm for marine conservation research and education across the country! I would love to see COARE's initiatives spread to cities spanning across the entire US. Its location in San Fransisco, while perfect for conducting local projects, provides a limited demographic that, in turn, limits the organization's potential for growth and ultimate success. That is why I hope to tell others along the East Coast as well as the Midwest Region about COARE. With enough determination, one can easily find all of the hidden marine enthusiasts and conservation activists that would drop everything to support an organization like COARE. That is what I intend to do! I will look in every nook and cranny of every un-obvious location to find people as passionate as Christopher to spread COARE's love for our oceans on to the next generation!