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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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Snowstorm Can’t Slow Ocean Planning in New England

February 05 2014

Snowstorm Can’t Slow Ocean Planning in New England

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider members attended the Northeast Ocean Planning meeting in Boston, MA on January 22-23 to advocate for protection of recreational and ecological areas off New England's coastline

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Cape Fear Chapter Leads Protest Against Seismic Testing

February 01 2014

Cape Fear Chapter Leads Protest Against Seismic Testing

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Surfrider's Cape Fear Chapter led a protest against planned seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Atlantic ocean. Hundreds of people showed up at Kure Beach Town Hall to oppose the mayor's decision to support the federal government's proposal.

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Protect the Atlantic Ocean from Seismic Testing!

December 16 2013

Protect the Atlantic Ocean from Seismic Testing!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg wants you to take action to keep noise pollution out of the Atlantic Ocean. Please watch the video and sign the petition to oppose plans for seismic exploration in the Atlantic!

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San Onofre Energy Project Proposed (Again)

December 09 2013

San Onofre Energy Project Proposed (Again)

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

JD Products has again applied to develop an ocean energy project off San Onofre State Beach, just two years after its previous application was terminated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The proposed San Onofre Electricity Farm Project would involve the installation of up to 1,314 generation units in…

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2013 Victories Recap

November 26 2013

2013 Victories Recap

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection Water Quality

As we close in on the end of another great year of coastal protection it seems appropriate to look back at the hard work that’s been done by Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff. Our activists have been busy this year, racking up 33 campaign victories so far

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Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

November 21 2013

Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

Surfrider members are “ocean users” through and through. It’s amazing to think that as I write this blog, there are Surfrider supporters around the world surfing, diving, fishing, SUPing, swimming, sunbathing, wildlife watching AND fighting to protect our coast. In California, Surfrider is upping our ante to preserve our coast…

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Texas Lawmaker Leads Attack on our National Ocean Policy

October 26 2013

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 obstruct implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The measure will now be considered by a committee of Senate and House members. Please contact your federal reps to tell them you support our National Ocean Policy

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New Film Explores Ocean Planning on Washington’s Pacific Coast

October 23 2013

New Film Explores Ocean Planning on Washington’s Pacific Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

A new short film explores the opportunity to protect Washington's Pacific coast through marine spatial planning. Featuring beautiful scenery of the Olympic Peninsula, the film makes a compelling case for surfers, beachgoers and other recreational users to get involved with the public process.

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California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

October 16 2013

California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Water Quality

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…

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The golden age of coastal use mapping?

September 27 2013

The golden age of coastal use mapping?

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Driven by emerging uses of the ocean such as wave and wind energy, the Surfrider Foundation is conducting several new and upcoming ocean recreation studies across the country to inform ocean planning. Ocean planners are seeking this information on to develop plans that will protect existing uses of the ocean…

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Atlantic Seismic Decision Delayed Until Spring of 2014

August 19 2013

Atlantic Seismic Decision Delayed Until Spring of 2014

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Obama Administration has announced it will delay a final decision on whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean until March 2014. Seismic airgun testing would result in major impacts to marine wildlife and bring the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of offshore oil drilling. Please…

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California Flips Over Fracking

August 16 2013

California Flips Over Fracking

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The citizens of California recently learned fracking has been occurring in California waters (both state and federal). The revelation was shocking because government officials had previously asserted fracking was not being used off California’s coast. Surfrider is working with the two organizations that made the discovery to help raise awareness…

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NOAA Seeks Input on Sanctuary Nomination Process

August 08 2013

NOAA Seeks Input on Sanctuary Nomination Process

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

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.

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Surfrider Launches Survey for Recreational Users in the Mid-Atlantic

July 06 2013

Surfrider Launches Survey for Recreational Users in the Mid-Atlantic

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider has launched on online survey to capture where people recreate along the coasts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Please take a few minutes to participate!

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