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Coastal Blog — Ocean Ecosystems

The Oceans are Full of Plastic - What Now?

December 11 2014

The Oceans are Full of Plastic - What Now?

Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Surfrider is very concerned about the problem of plastics in the ocean. Plastics kill or injure large numbers of seabirds, fish and marine mammals through entanglement and ingestion. That's why we developed our Rise Above Plastics program to reduce the use of single-use plastics that end up in the ocean.…

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Surfrider Launches Northeast Recreation Survey

November 21 2014

Surfrider Launches Northeast Recreation Survey

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Point 97 and SeaPlan and under the direction of the Northeast Regional Planning Body, has launched a recreational use survey for the New England coast.

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Starfish Wasting Disease

November 18 2014

Starfish Wasting Disease

Ocean Ecosystems

Scientists have just identified the virus to blame for a recent outbreak of starfish wasting disease that has decimated starfish populations up and down the Pacific coast of North America.

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Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

November 07 2014

Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider members and staff visited our nation’s capital to lobby for a set of federal priorities related to the protection of oceans, waves, and beaches.

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Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling

October 13 2014

Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

Let’s face it: we are all creatures of habit. Some of our largest corporations supply us with energy through fossil fuels, which are drilled from the earth. We’ve had this arrangement for many years, but it isn’t working so well any more...

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Seismic Exploration for Oil & Gas Approved off the Atlantic Coast

July 20 2014

Seismic Exploration for Oil & Gas Approved off the Atlantic Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The federal government has approved seismic exploration for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. The decision, which was strongly opposed by the Surfrider Foundation, could pave the way for offshore drilling in the Atlantic.

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Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

June 25 2014

Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

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John Kerry leads bold actions to protect our ocean

June 18 2014

John Kerry leads bold actions to protect our ocean

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

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.

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Federal Government Moves to Develop 5 Year Leasing Plan for Offshore Drilling

June 17 2014

Federal Government Moves to Develop 5 Year Leasing Plan for Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The Obama Administration is beginning development of an offshore oil and gas leasing plan for 2017 - 2022. A public comment period is now open until August 15th.

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Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

June 12 2014

Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection

Congress has passed an updated Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Surfrider chapters worked hard to improve the final version of the bill.

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Texas Lawmaker Leads Attack on our National Ocean Policy

June 01 2014

Texas Lawmaker Leads Attack on our National Ocean Policy

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Led by Rep. Bill Flores, the U.S. House has passed an amendment to defund the National Ocean Policy. The measure will now be considered by the Senate. Please contact your federal reps to tell them you support our National Ocean Policy

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Surfrider Launches Recreational Survey for Washington State

May 20 2014

Surfrider Launches Recreational Survey for Washington State

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider has launched a recreational survey for Washington's coast to inform the state's marine spatial planning process.

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Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

May 18 2014

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Over 20 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand, joining activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!

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Promising Wave Energy Project Canceled off the Oregon Coast

April 25 2014

Promising Wave Energy Project Canceled off the Oregon Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Ocean Power Technologies has canceled plans to develop a wave energy project off Reedsport, Oregon. The Surfrider Foundation had participated in project planning and supported through signing a settlement agreement

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Marine Sanctuaries in Northern California Slated for Expansion

April 14 2014

Marine Sanctuaries in Northern California Slated for Expansion

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

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

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2014 Campaign Priorities

March 11 2014

2014 Campaign Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider has three major areas of focus in 2014: Clean Water, Ocean Protection, and Rise Above Plastics. Read more to see our specific plans.

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Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You on May 17!

March 09 2014

Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You on May 17!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Do you want to see our coasts protected from offshore drilling? Then sign up to participate in Hands Across the Sand on May 17th, 2014!

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Atlantic ocean to become blast zone? Seismic testing for oil & gas nears approval

March 02 2014

Atlantic ocean to become blast zone? Seismic testing for oil & gas nears approval

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The federal government is on the brink of approving dangerous seismic testing for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. Please make your voice heard by submitting comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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Commission Seeks  to “Lift the Fog on Fracking”

February 28 2014

Commission Seeks to “Lift the Fog on Fracking”

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

In August 2013, the Associated Press reported that oil companies have used hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other types of “well stimulation treatments” to access oil beneath state and federal waters for decades without notifying state agencies that the practice has been occurring. This discovery was a big wakeup call that…

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Congress Looks to Reduce Environmental Review of Beach and Water Projects

February 06 2014

Congress Looks to Reduce Environmental Review of Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems

A committee of Senate and House members is negotiating the final version of the Water Resources Development Act which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Find out how you can influence the final version of the bill!

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