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Ocean75 Certified Charity

SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE

We inspire, unite and empower communities to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.

Keeping Our Beaches Tidy

A huge team of volunteers contribute to the Surfers Against Sewage beach cleanups around the British Isles.

Improving Water Quality

Stopping the disposal of sewage and other harmful substances to make our waters safer for everyone.

Over 50,000 Volunteers

2018 beach cleans attracted over 50,000 volunteers and removed over 80,000kg of rubbish from our beaches.

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A NOTE FROM THE CHARITY

What We Do

Together, we are
the voice of the ocean

We’re a community dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife.  We fight long and hard to protect what we love and we won’t stop until it’s completely clean, safe and protected for everyone, forever.

From humble beginnings in Porthtowan Village Hall in 1990, we’ve stayed close to our roots and continue to be based just up the road at our St Agnes HQ where we can keep an eye on the sea.

Just 12 of us work in the office full time, but it’s really thanks to people like you who support our work through membership donations, volunteering, signing petitions, buying from our shop and spreading the word that allows our impact to be widely felt.

Not just surfers, not just sewage.

We began as a response by the surfing community to the dreadful state of our beaches. Those hardy souls who ventured into the water back then often found themselves swimming in raw sewage. There’s tales of sanitary towels on heads and human poo sandwiched between bodies and boards. Completely unacceptable.

The campaign grew loud, proud and strong and thanks to the passion and perseverance of our members — the UK now enjoys some of the cleanest beaches in Europe.

Of course it’s not just surfers who care passionately about our coastlines — our members are swimmers, dog walkers, paddleboarders, beach cleaners, kite surfers, sandcastle builders, ice cream eaters and sun bathers too. We protect it because we love it and that’s where we feel most at home.

We’ll always care about Water Quality issues and our Safer Seas Service continually monitors sewage spills in real time on beaches around the UK. But ‘Plastic is the new sewage’ as it is now the biggest threat to our beaches, our precious marine eco-system and our happiness.

Surfers Against Sewage: Registered Charity in England & Wales No. 1145877

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Our Other Affiliated Charities

We work with 5 unique charities to give back
to the ocean with every case we sell.

Sea Watch Foundation

Improving the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the seas around Britain and Ireland.

Coral Guardian

A non-profit organisation dedicated to coral reef conservation and coastal communities empowerment.

Olive Ridley Project

Fighting Ghost Nets and Saving Turtles across the world’s oceans.

Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Leading the way for the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

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