Coastal Blog — Marine Protected Areas
June 05 2015
Oregon’s wild and untamed coastline has inspired great passion and intrigue for many recreational users and visitors to this special place. Oregonians draw deep connections to protecting what they love and no other place exemplifies this more for ocean users than Oswald West State Park and the Cape Falcon Marine…
January 05 2015
The Surfrider Foundation has been selected to represent recreational users on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee.
June 18 2014
This week Secretary of State John Kerry convened the State Department’s first “Our Ocean” conference to focus on domestic and international ocean protection issues that took bold action right from the start.
April 14 2014
The federal government is planning to expand two National Marine Sanctuaries in northern California. Please provide your public comments in support by the June 30 deadline
October 16 2013
If you’ve been lucky enough to go for a dive, surf, or kayak at the Channel Islands, it’s hard not to be captivated by the cathedral kelp forests, large fish cruising the reef, and clean waves breaking under your surfboard. These Islands, along with special places throughout the entire California…
August 08 2013
The National Marine Sanctuaries Program has announced it plans to accept nominations for new sanctuaries. As the first step, NOAA is calling for public input on the criteria and process the agency would use to evaluate such proposals.
February 12 2013
Millions of Americans go surfing in marine protected areas (MPAs) every year. MPAs help protect some of the best surfing spots in the country and often enjoy a reciprocal relationship with the surfing community.
January 18 2013
California recently established the largest network of marine protection in the continental United States. One of the outstanding questions during the MPA designation process was, will these marine protected areas benefit surfing in any way? Answers are starting to come in...
December 23 2012
The Obama Administration is planning to expand the Gulf of Farollones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries to protect the northern California coast from offshore drilling. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted by NOAA until March 1, 2013
December 20 2012
Have you ever heard the saying, “so goes California so goes the Nation”? Well, ocean advocates across the nation are hoping these words ring true when it comes to protecting important ocean resources. The State of California now officially owns a complete network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). These MPAs…
January 04 2012
After a multi-year process with dozens of hearings and meetings to establish the boundaries and rules for a new network of marine protected areas (MPAs), the South Coast Region MLPA went into effect on January 1, 2012. The law created MPAs along about 10% of the Southern California coast. Read…
December 21 2011
With funding provided by NOAA, the Surfrider Foundation Rincón chapter is working on their third marine debris removal and prevention project along the west coast of Puerto Rico. Check out this video update on the project.
July 01 2011
The Fish and Game Commission officially voted this week that October 1, 2011 will be the implementation date for the southern California Marine Protected Areas. For over two years the State, local stakeholders and other organizations have been working to create a network of MPAs that protect sea life and…
June 24 2011
Last December, the California Fish and Game Commission approved a final plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in southern California. Next week (June 29), the Commission will meet to discuss the timeline for implementation of protected areas and review MPAs proposed for the far north coast. This week several reports…
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