Aquatic Protection Agency (Santa Cruz, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Laura Russell
  • Title:APA Administrator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Aquatic Protection Agency
  • Address:2222 East Cliff Drive #234B
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:831-915-8190
  • Main fax:831-401-2464

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:831-334-1486
  • Mobile phone:408-499-2086
  • Home phone:408-257-7850

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Aquatic Protection Agency is to protect our fragile marine ecosystems through prevention of toxic pollution which harms our environment. We protect our oceans through education, outreach, research and development, and in-field programs which detect and eliminate illegal toxic pollution.

  • History:
  • Founded in 2001, the Aquatic Protection Agency was strictly an "in the field" monitoring organization. In 2002, we became the first organization to successfully monitor a moving cruise vessel. In early 2005, the APA launched our BlueBoater program to bridge the gap between mariners and the environmental community. A component of the BlueBoater program is our "Don't Pull the Plug" campaign, focused on the trailerable boating community. In 2006, the APA launched the research vessel Interceptor for the purpose of protecting our fragile marine ecosystems. This year, 2009, we have initiated an additional program in the crucial area of monitoring and protecting Marine Reserves from pollutants and illegal poaching.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:3

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Eric Russell, Executive Director
    Kurt Wichmann, Projects Director
    Gil Gafni, Strategic Marketing
    Charles Mehlert, Senior Advisor
    Joe Doyle, Environmental Biologist
    Jesse Dunaway, Web/graphics designer

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Eric Russell, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Eric Russell, Executive Director
    Helmut Tutass, Vessel Programs Manager
    Dan Counts, USCG Captain


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:91-2115980

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