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Congress Opens Our Coasts to New Drilling

June 30 2013

Congress Opens Our Coasts to New Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to dramatically expand offshore drilling in the U.S. Fortunately, the proposal must also pass the Senate to become law, so please contact your Senator to ask him/ her to oppose new drilling off our coasts!

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Ocean Leaders Call on President Obama and Congress to Improve Ocean Governance

June 25 2013

Ocean Leaders Call on President Obama and Congress to Improve Ocean Governance

Ocean Ecosystems

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has released a report with recommendations for the U.S. to improve its ocean and coastal management. The Surfrider Foundation was one of many stakeholders that provided input and we endorse many of the recommendations.

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Doc Hastings Introduces Bill to Expand Offshore Drilling

June 09 2013

Doc Hastings Introduces Bill to Expand Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Congressman Doc Hastings has introduced a bill to vastly expand offshore drilling in the United States. The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231) would open parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to offshore drilling including areas off South Carolina, Virginia, and Southern California.

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Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

May 20 2013

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

This weekend, over 25 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand events across the country, joining thousands of activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!

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Say No to Atlantic Seismic: Sign the White House Petition!

April 29 2013

Say No to Atlantic Seismic: Sign the White House Petition!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Actor and ocean advocate Ted Danson has launched a White House Petition asking President Obama to cancel planned seismic airgun testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. The goal: to collect 100,000 signatures by May 15 to compel the President to provide an official response on the issue.

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Congress Gets Poor Marks on Offshore Drilling Safety

April 28 2013

Congress Gets Poor Marks on Offshore Drilling Safety

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

A new report by Oil Spill Commission Action gives Congress a "D+" for its failure to improve the safety and environmental oversight of offshore drilling.

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Blue Vision Summit: May 13-15

April 27 2013

Blue Vision Summit: May 13-15

Ocean Ecosystems

Registration is open for the Blue Vision Summit in Washington DC on May 13-15. Join ocean activists from around the country as we make our voice heard in the nation's capitol!

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White House Releases Final Ocean Plan

April 16 2013

White House Releases Final Ocean Plan

Ocean Ecosystems

The Obama Administration has released its final National Ocean Policy action plan, outlining more than 50 actions the U.S. will take to protect our nation’s oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

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California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

April 08 2013

California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California’s most important laws—not only because it helps protect our environment and “quality of life”, but CEQA also promotes democratic participation in the decision-making process—giving citizens a say in what happens in their local communities. Unfortunately over the past few years,…

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Hands Across the Sand: May 18th!

April 07 2013

Hands Across the Sand: May 18th!

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 18, 2013!

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Senator Vitter Wants To Drill Off Your Coast

March 10 2013

Senator Vitter Wants To Drill Off Your Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Senator David Vitter has introduced legislation to expand oil and gas drilling off every U.S. coastline.

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Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

February 12 2013

Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Surfing Reserves

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.

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Federal Leaders Voice Opposition to Seismic Testing in the Atlantic Ocean

January 31 2013

Federal Leaders Voice Opposition to Seismic Testing in the Atlantic Ocean

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Eight Senators and twenty-seven House members have sent letters to President Obama asking him to cancel plans for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Seismic airgun testing would cause devastating impacts to wildlife and bring the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of offshore oil drilling.

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Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan Approved

January 24 2013

Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan Approved

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Surf Protection

After five years of stakeholder engagement, Oregon's Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted amendments for Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan that provides suitable locations for siting renewable ocean energy, and protects important habitats and existing uses like ocean recreation.

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Can California’s Marine Protected Areas protect surfing?

January 18 2013

Can California’s Marine Protected Areas protect surfing?

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection

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...

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Expansion Proposed for Marine Sanctuaries off Northern California

December 23 2012

Expansion Proposed for Marine Sanctuaries off Northern California

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

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

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California’s Marine Protected Areas in Full Swing

December 20 2012

California’s Marine Protected Areas in Full Swing

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

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…

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Tell the Feds to Cancel Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic!

December 06 2012

Tell the Feds to Cancel Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Department of Interior is deciding whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic to map oil and gas resources. These surveys would cause devastating impacts to marine life and set the stage for new offshore drilling. Please sign the petition to ask the Department to cancel…

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National Ocean Policy in the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal

November 08 2012

National Ocean Policy in the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal

Legal Ocean Ecosystems

The National Ocean Policy strives to be the one unifying law to govern the resources of our oceans and Great Lakes in the United States. Enacted by an Executive Order of President Barack Obama in 2010, the implementation plan for the NOP is expected to be out any day now.…

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Surfrider Dives into Ocean Planning on the East Coast

October 29 2012

Surfrider Dives into Ocean Planning on the East Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

The Surfrider Foundation is hiring staff in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to support our participation in regional ocean planning. Surfrider's goal in ocean planning is to protect special places and ensure that future development minimizes impacts to the environment and recreational uses.

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