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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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Ocean Frontiers Film Opens to Rave Reviews

April 08 2012

Ocean Frontiers Film Opens to Rave Reviews

Ocean Ecosystems

A new documentary spotlights ocean stewardship efforts across the country, and offers a vision for implementing our National Ocean Policy

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What Is the Monetary Value of a Healthy Ocean?

March 26 2012

What Is the Monetary Value of a Healthy Ocean?

Ocean Ecosystems

ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2012) — Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is a co-editor of "Valuing the Ocean" a major new study by an international team of scientists and economists that attempts to measure the ocean's monetary value and to tally the costs and savings associated…

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Protecting some of Oregon’s Special Places

March 19 2012

Protecting some of Oregon’s Special Places

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

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Let’s Restore the Gulf!

March 17 2012

Let’s Restore the Gulf!

Ocean Ecosystems

The Senate has passed a bill to help restore the Gulf of Mexico using revenue from fines collected from the BP oil spill. The measure will next be considered by the House of Representatives. Thanks to all of you who have taken action so far!

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Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

January 27 2012

Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics

Regulators designated nearly 42,000 square miles of ocean on the West Coast as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles, protecting them from ocean-related development projects and pollution.

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White House Releases Draft Ocean Plan - Time to Speak Out!

January 20 2012

White House Releases Draft Ocean Plan - Time to Speak Out!

Ocean Ecosystems

The Obama Administration has released its draft 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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Surfrider Comments on 5 Year Offshore Drilling Plan

January 12 2012

Surfrider Comments on 5 Year Offshore Drilling Plan

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Surfrider recently submitted comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on the Draft 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Programmatic EIS

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Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

January 06 2012

Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

Beachapedia Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

This updated report is the latest from the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, which Surfrider Foundation is a member, and addresses Florida's most challenging coastal and marine topics and recommends actions for protecting and preserving the future of Florida's coasts and oceans.

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