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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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Offshore Drilling: Obama Vs. Romney

September 07 2012

Offshore Drilling: Obama Vs. Romney

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

With the Presidential election just around the corner, let’s take a look at the respective positions of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on offshore drilling. What would each candidate’s Presidency mean for oil and gas development off our nation’s coasts?

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Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

August 17 2012

Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

Know Your H20 Wastewater Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

Congressman Waxman is one of the most influential members of congress and has rightly earned his reputation as being a mover and shaker. He likes to investigate and uncover issues (just Google his name). So when Surfrider was invited to participate in a press conference with the Congressman to release…

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The Ocean Health Index

August 17 2012

The Ocean Health Index

Ocean Ecosystems

Can the health of our global ocean be summed up in one number? How can we begin to prioritize both the threats our oceans face and the necessary remedial measures? Founded by Conservation International, the National Geographic Society, and The New England Aquarium, the Ocean Health Index is an innovative…

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Surfrider Activists Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

August 06 2012

Surfrider Activists Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Thousands of participants, including hundreds of Surfrider Foundation activists, turned out on August 4th for over 200 Hands Across the Sand events held across the country and around the world.

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Resources for Hands Across the Sand

July 17 2012

Resources for Hands Across the Sand

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Thanks to the dozens of Surfrider chapters organizing Hands Across the Sand events on August 4! We have posted a toolkit of resources on Chapternet to help ensure the success of your events!

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RESTORE Act Passes! Gulf of Mexico to Benefit

July 09 2012

RESTORE Act Passes! Gulf of Mexico to Benefit

Ocean Ecosystems

Congress has passed the RESTORE Act to help support economic and ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Special thanks to our Florida Chapters and thousands of Surfrider activists who wrote to congress in support of the bill!

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Congress Pushes to Expand Offshore Drilling (Again)

June 24 2012

Congress Pushes to Expand Offshore Drilling (Again)

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House has approved a broad energy package that could dramatically expand offshore drilling in the U.S. Please express your opposition to offshore drilling by contacting your federal representatives and participating in Hands Across the Sand on August 4!

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

June 19 2012

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

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 August 4, 2012!

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Report Card Gives Mixed Reviews on U.S. Ocean Policy

June 07 2012

Report Card Gives Mixed Reviews on U.S. Ocean Policy

Ocean Ecosystems

This week the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released its 2012 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card. The report card praises the efforts of states and regions to implement the National Ocean Policy, but gives mixed reviews to the federal government.

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Atlantic Coast: Seismic Surveys Proposed for Energy Exploration

May 10 2012

Atlantic Coast: Seismic Surveys Proposed for Energy Exploration

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The federal government has proposed seismic surveys off the South and Mid-Atlantic coasts to assess potential oil & gas resources. Check out our Not the Answer page for information on how to take action by the May 30 comment deadline!

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Ma’alaea Saved

May 07 2012

Ma’alaea Saved

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection

Environmental campaigns are most often marathons, not sprints. You have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul. An extreme example of this is our Save Ma'alaea campaign, which has extended for over 20 years. Ma'alaea, on the island of Maui, is home to a small boat…

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Why I Support the National Ocean Policy (And You Should Too)

May 07 2012

Why I Support the National Ocean Policy (And You Should Too)

Ocean Ecosystems

Despite a lack of support from congress, the National Ocean Policy is taking hold in states and regions across the country. It's now time for the federal government to match the efforts being made on the ground.

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