Coastal Blog — Ocean Ecosystems
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
March 09 2014
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!
March 02 2014
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.
February 28 2014
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…
February 06 2014
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!
February 05 2014
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
February 01 2014
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.
December 16 2013
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!
December 09 2013
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…
November 26 2013
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
November 21 2013
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…
October 26 2013
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
October 23 2013
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.
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…
September 27 2013
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…
August 19 2013
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…
August 16 2013
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…
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.
July 06 2013
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!