Ocean & Coastal Care Initiatives



Ocean & Coastal Care Initiatives

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Formed in 1999 on the Central Coast of New South Wales, OCCI has led the effort to permanently protect our coastline. We have been at the forefront of sustainability and want to raise the awareness and value of looking after our beautiful coastline with all its wonderful inhabitants. We have expanded our network and currently have three active arms: Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie/ Newcastle and the Central Coast.

Our Vision

A world in which the marine environment and the organisms that live there are respected, valued and understood.

Our Mission

To educate the community (residents and visitors) about the marine, estuarine and coastal environments
To promote the biodiversity in those environments
To participate in and/or promote programmes that conserves and protects those environments

Our Values

• to respect the organisms that live in the marine, estuarine and coastal environments
• to be innovative and creative in developing activities and programs which educate
the community about those environments
• to treat all OCCI members with respect and value their contribution
• to allow input from all OCCI members regarding the running of the organisation through constitutional channels
• to maintain a supportive social network for our members
• to create learning opportunities for our volunteers
• to manage our resources with efficiency and transparency to the best of our ability

What We've Achieved

Installed over 20 T'angler Bins in Port Stephens
Installed 'butt bins' in Terrigal parks
Identified and recorded hundreds of sea creatures, their numbers, locations and frequency
Built a community of people passionate about protecting the coastline
Marine surveys
Hundreds of coastal clean ups and marine debris surveys
Public exhibitions during festivals and events
School visits to the rock pools
Library education programs
School holiday Rockpool Rambles, Seagrass Saunters and Mangrove Meanders

Type of group


Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity


Primary location

Central Coast, New South Wales

Known address

Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club, Stockton St, NSW, 2315

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