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A sample of straws collected during a sweep of Sandy Hook in 2016 (Clean Ocean Action)
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These everyday items are threatening NJ’s waters — What you can do about it

Enjoying a fountain soda from a beachfront grill at the Jersey Shore, or releasing a balloon into the air at a wedding or charity event, can be deadly...to marine life, that is.

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Brick Beach Volunteers with large foam plastic piece (Clean Ocean Action)
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2 decorated fake Christmas trees among trash left on Jersey beaches

A pair of beach sweeps in the spring and fall, hosted by Clean Ocean Action, gathered more than 218,000 items at more than 70 sites throughout New Jersey.

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NJ company putting garbage found on beaches to use in France

Plastic waste that washed ashore or was left on the sand by beachgoers will make up to 25 percent of a first-of-its-kind product hitting shelves this summer in France.

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They found WHAT in New Jersey’s ocean? Why beach sweeps matter

More than 5 million pieces of debris have been collected since Clean Ocean Action started holding yearly beach sweeps.

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New ‘Run the Hook’ event puts spotlight on Sandy Hook, ocean charity

When Monmouth County natives Daragh Kneeshaw and Joey Garofalo launched a new event management and production company about a year ago, they started looking for ways to expand their reach. But as it turns out, they didn't have to look far.

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Volunteers remove a log from the beach in Long Branch as part of Clean Ocean Action Waves of Action program
Volunteers remove a log from the beach in Long Branch as part of Clean Ocean Action Waves of Action program in 2012. (Facebook via Clean Ocean Action)
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Whoopee cushion, bra pad, parking meter among NJ beach trash

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) -- Among the seashells, sandcastles and ocean waves at the Jersey shore last year, you may also have seen these: a whoopee cushion, a parking meter, a stun gun, a clay sculpture of baby Jesus and some bra padding.

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Clean Ocean Action Executive Cindy Zipf, in 2012, Shows Some of Debris Found on Jersey Shore (Ilya Hemlin Townsquare Media NJ)
Clean Ocean Action Executive Cindy Zipf, during a 2012 press conference. (Ilya Hemlin Townsquare Media NJ)
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US plans wide seismic testing of sea floor off NJ coast

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer.

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Microplastics discovered on NJ beaches by Clean Ocean Action (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Plastic Disturbing Marine Life [AUDIO]

Environmental advocates are concerned over the increased presence of a certain type of plastic on our beaches and in our oceans that could be damaging the food chain.

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2013 Dirty Dozen list - Clean Ocean Action
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‘Beach Sweeps’ Uncover Odd Debris [AUDIO]

Some bizarre items, and the usual roster of debris, were discovered when volunteers swept New Jersey's beaches to highlight the pressing issue of coastal pollution.

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Beach Sweep Results Unveiled

Newly-released findings show many people still treat New Jersey's coastline as a dumping ground.

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