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First Sites Designated Pilots

Hello Blue Flag USA partners! It has been a busy first half of the year as we navigated through our first international jury decision. All four of our proposed sites were designated as pilots and asked to submit full applications when they are ready. Congratulations to East Beach in Galveston Island, Texas; Lovers Key State Park in Lee County Florida; Zuma Beach in Malibu, California; and Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii!

USA Beach Program Criteria Launched

The Blue Flag beach award centers around 33 criteria aimed at promoting sustainable management. Each national program can strengthen these criteria or make minimal modifications to meet national regulations and best practices, as long as the intention and integrity of the international requirements remain.


We held stakeholder working groups to review and propose changes to the international criteria to make sure they met current standards, best practices, and policies in the USA. These alternations have been approved by the international program and the national jury. They can be found online under the general resources tab.


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Net Your Problem offers fishermen, harbors, and beach managers alternative waste management options for end of life fishing gear. We work with partners to recycle these items and turn them into new plastic products. Creating opportunities to keep marine waste out of landfills and give your old nets and lines a new life!

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