We are a youth-driven storytelling movement for happy, healthy fishing communities.

What is a fishing village without fish? As industrial fleets overfish wild marine species, the ocean acidifies, and plastics choke the coastlines, small-scale fishing communities find their food security, livelihoods, sense of place, gender roles, cultural heritage, and human rights compromised. The COVID-19 crisis demonstrated how critical local food systems are to public health and the ramifications when fishermen were too ill to provide their families with cash and calories.


Coast 2 Coast offers small-scale fishing communities with audiovisual tools, communication skills training, and digital platform for local kids and their families to share their perspectives with the world. We co-create artistic and audiovisual narratives that address adverse socioecological situations. We work relentlessly for those dependent on healthy seas and sustainable fisheries to be represented in global discussions that determine our ocean’s future — their future and our collective fate on Earth. Marine conservation is a social justice issue. 



For the past six years, we've immersed ourselves in seaside communities from Mexico to India experiencing climate change, marine degradation, and overdevelopment. We've seen the remarkable, the tragic, and the auspicious through the eyes of local youth in fishing villages on the verge of collapse. We believe in the power of stories  as a bridge to reach people and emotionally connect. Beyond the facts, we provide a pathway for the faces, names, and characters who depend on the ocean the most for their survival to share their side of the story before it's too late.



Active, vibrant coastal communities indicate a thriving ocean. Without healthy seas, the planet cannot support life on Earth. Today, seaside villages are collapsing under unprecedented global and local stressors. Our goal is to address the ocean’s collapse by humanizing the issue, enabling neglected voices to join the conversation and speak up for their human rights, cultural heritage, and indispensable relationship with our oceans.


Support us by making a one-time donation to fund our future workshops and help us reach more vulnerable coastal communities. Coast 2 Coast is an initiative of Beyond the Surface International, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.


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