Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.
SAS projects target coastal environmental issues including marine litter, sewage pollution, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping, industry and coastal development.
We aim to create measurable improvements in the state of our oceans, waves and beaches through changes in public behaviour, government policy and industry practices.
The charity’s objectives are:
- To undertake and promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection, improvement and ecologically sustainable management of the marine environment including associated land, shoreline and structures.
- To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection, improvement and ecologically sustainable management of the marine environment including associated land, shoreline and structures.
SAS also believes that waves and surf spots deserve to be seen as part of UK heritage and should be afforded greater recognition and protection through political debate and legislation. SAS is working hard to raise the public awareness of these natural resources, the environmental, physical and geological factors that create waves and how they are integral to coastal ecosystems and can help support thriving, sustainable and economically successful coastal communities around the UK.
To achieve our aims SAS:
- Influences governments on key issues affecting oceans, beaches and recreational water users and policies needed to deliver a cleaner and safer marine environment.
- Creates volunteering opportunities for individuals and communities to be involved with activities to safeguard our seas, coastlines and beaches.
- Educates communities on the achievable, sustainable solutions, which can help protect our waves, oceans and beaches.
- Challenges industry to adopt better standards to protect our coastal environment.
- Promotes scientific, economic and health evidence to support calls for a cleaner and safer marine environment.
- Informs the general public about issues affecting UK waves, oceans and beaches, and those that use them.