ABOUT SEA – Shoreline Education for Awareness, Inc.
Mission Statement: Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) is a nonprofit Friends organization providing interpretation and environmental education about the marine environment on the Oregon south coast. SEA contributes to the conservation efforts of the Oregon Islands and Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuges.
History: SEA, Inc. was founded in Bandon, OR in 1990 by Bill and Joan Russell, and Owen and Sara Duvall. The all-volunteer non-profit organization has grown in influence and support, reaching about 22,000 visitors annually.
Locations: Southern Oregon Coast with an office on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and coastal wildlife interpretive locations at Simpson Reef near Charleston and Coquille Point/Face Rock of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Bandon.
Financial Support: SEA, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that is supported by membership dues and donations from visitors and interested members of the public. Grants have previously been received from the Coquille Indian Tribe and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In 2018, SEA received a generous grant from Wild Rivers Coast Alliance for the purchase of new spotting scopes and tripods.
Affiliations: SEA, Inc. has been adopted as the Friends of Southern Oregon Coastal Refuges by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. SEA is also a member of the Elakha Alliance, a group of individuals and organizations dedicated to restoration of the near-shore ecosystem by restoring the natural population of sea otters. The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology has been a mainstay in support of SEA since its inception. Close working relationships are also maintained with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, the Charleston Marine Life Center and the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Incorporation: Shoreline Education for Awareness, Inc. is an Oregon 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. A volunteer Board of Directors and officers manage the corporation under established bylaws.