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If you care deeply about the environment, you’ll be right at home in Newport.

Not only did the city pass a plastic bag ban before the state law was passed, but we also have our own local chapter of Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots non-profit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves, and beaches.

Surfrider advocates for environmental issues locally, at the state level and nationally. Not to mention, our local chapter regularly hosts beach cleanups around town, which encourage people to get outside more and help pitch in to keep our beaches free of litter. If you’re interested in participating in cleanup during your visit, check out the Newport Surfrider or SOLVE websites to see if cleanup is scheduled during that time — though you can take a bag and go walking on the sand with friends to clean up at any time.

Another fun eco-fact about our town — Newport is home to a massive Dungeness crab fishery, which is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as a sustainable fishery. So rather than going for a burger, try a crab cake or take the dive and eat cooked crab in the shell — there are lots of places to eat locally caught crab.

With those efforts, our area is full of natural beauty. We ask those who visit to help maintain that beauty by being mindful of the environment and cleaning up anything they bring down to the sand. While you’re here, we hope you enjoy the benefits of our eco-friendly community.