Pillar Point Harbor, HMB
About Pillar Point Harbor:
Pillar Point Harbor is a protected harbor of refuge along the San Mateo County California Coast. It is home port to a vital commercial fishing industry, to sport fishermen, and to pleasure boaters seeking the amenities this modern coastal harbor facility provides. The Harbor has 369 berths and an inner and outer breakwater, making it one of the safest harbors in the United States. The harbor is also situated within the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with its natural and ocean resources protected by the National Marine Sanctuaries Program under the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
Site Captains: Please meet Valerie & Ryan!
Valerie moved to the coast from Wisconsin almost 20 years ago, and is still awed by the beauty. But trash on the beaches and along the highways drives her crazy. She is known for picking up trash on walks (sometimes to the annoyance of those with her). She and her son Ryan found Celine during at an Earth Day Cleanup and were excited to find a way to get more involved keeping our oceans clean on a bigger scale.
Ryan is a student at Half Moon Bay High school with a passion for environmental security. He is studying environmental science and works as an intern for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). To get involved more locally, he and his mom became co-site captains with Celine in 2016. He founded a beach cleanup club at the high school, and advocates for beach cleanups at every community service club at the school.
Meet Celine Gerakin. In 2013, she and her husband made a life-changing move by leaving Berkeley for Pillar Point to live on a sail boat. It was when she started noticing litter floating at the harbor that Celine started picking up trash by herself on weekends. Several months later, she discovered the Pacific Beach Coalition, joined cleanups in Pacifica & Daly City, and two months later became site captain of our newest Adopt-A-Beach location. She now has a nice group of volunteers and the support from the San Mateo County Harbor District. Celine is also a member of our Steering Committee. Cleanup efforts at Pillar Point Harbor are making a big difference to keep our ocean clean, though help is always needed, so join this Earth Hero team at this scenic oceanside location!
About the Cleanup:
Time: Last Saturday of the month from 9am-11am, except for April and September. Check our online monthly calendar for exact dates. Rain may cancel cleanup. If you’ve registered in advance, you’ll receive a cancellation notice. If you have not registered, check our calendar for the latest information.
Where to Meet: On the coastal trail, in front of the Pillar Point RV park (4000 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019). South of Sam’s Chowder House Restaurant and north of Surfer’s Beach.
Cleanup Areas: Volunteers usually cleanup the beach, the coastal trail and the jetty.
Supplies: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and reusable gloves. Extra gloves, buckets, pickup sticks and specific tools for this site cleanup will be provided while supplies last. Because we are never sure of the weather, make sure to bring extra layers, a hat, sunblock, water and snacks.
Litter: Expect picking small and large pieces of trash related to commercial and recreational fishing activities.
Parking: Free parking on the side of Highway 1 near the RV Park, and at the harbor.
Restrooms: Public restrooms are located at the boat launch ramp (a 3-minute walk from the meetup location).
Dogs: Allowed but on leash. Please be responsible and pick up your dog waste.
Would You Like to Join Us? To make sure we bring the right amount of supplies, to be more efficient and conserve paper, please fill out our online form. It will only take you a few seconds. Sign up here!
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Read About the Team In Action: Check out the Pillar Point Harbor blog.
Pillar Point Harbor Cleanup Location Map:
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