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Public Meetings on San Onofre Ocean Energy Project: Jan 24 in Dana Point

January 05 2012

Public Meetings on San Onofre Ocean Energy Project: Jan 24 in Dana Point

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Public meetings on the San Onofre Ocean Energy Project are scheduled for January 24 in Dana Point. The proposed project would utilize Ocean Wave Electricity Generation (OWEG) units to convert the energy from ocean waves into electrical power.

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South Coast Region Marine Protected Areas

January 04 2012

South Coast Region Marine Protected Areas

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

After a multi-year process with dozens of hearings and meetings to establish the boundaries and rules for a new network of marine protected areas (MPAs), the South Coast Region MLPA went into effect on January 1, 2012. The law created MPAs along about 10% of the Southern California coast. Read…

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Rincón Chapter Marine Debris Removal & Education Program

December 21 2011

Rincón Chapter Marine Debris Removal & Education Program

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

With funding provided by NOAA, the Surfrider Foundation Rincón chapter is working on their third marine debris removal and prevention project along the west coast of Puerto Rico. Check out this video update on the project.

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If You’re Not at the Table You’re On the Menu

December 13 2011

If You’re Not at the Table You’re On the Menu

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Why are some wave energy projects moving forward while others stall? In this short film by Robin Yeager, participants in the Reedsport, Oregon OPT Wave Energy Project discuss the benefits of collaboration in advancing the first commercial-scale project in the United States. A must see for anyone interested in the…

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Renewable Ocean Energy Heats Up

November 01 2011

Renewable Ocean Energy Heats Up

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The pace of proposed projects for offshore renewable ocean energy (wind, wave and tidal) is heating up. A large area off Virginia's coast is being considered for wind power development and a joint venture between two renewable-energy firms plans to build one of the first testing facilities for offshore wind…

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TransparentSea Shines Spotlight on Surfrider’s Save Gaviota Campaign

October 10 2011

TransparentSea Shines Spotlight on Surfrider’s Save Gaviota Campaign

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems

TransparentSea is an ongoing awareness campaign aimed at highlighting coastal environmental issues with particular attention given to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and the waters they inhabit. They're following the southern migration of the California Grey Whale whale throughout the month of October, joining them near Santa Barbara on October 1st,…

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West Coast EBM Network Meeting in Eureka, CA

October 01 2011

West Coast EBM Network Meeting in Eureka, CA

Ocean Ecosystems

Surfrider members recently joined over 50 managers, scientists, and advocates in Eureka, CA to grapple with a key question: How can we better protect our coastal ecosystems through community-based efforts?

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Ocean Energy Interview with Kurt Grossman of Genergy

September 06 2011

Ocean Energy Interview with Kurt Grossman of Genergy

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Surfrider Foundation is striving to support clean, renewable, low-impact sources of energy. As part of that effort, we are sharing stories about members who are actively working to develop low impact renewable ocean energy projects. We kick of the series with an interview with Kurt Grossman, the CTO &…

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California Dreaming.  Parks of the Sea and Land…

August 10 2011

California Dreaming.  Parks of the Sea and Land…

Beach Access Ocean Ecosystems

People come to California for many reasons. One of the main attractions to our state is its natural beauty—on both land and in the water. According to a recent study, California receives nearly $52 billion dollars a year in “leisure and hospitality.” Much of that leisure and hospitality takes place…

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Surfrider Makes a Splash at the National Ocean Policy Sessions

July 14 2011

Surfrider Makes a Splash at the National Ocean Policy Sessions

Ocean Ecosystems

Surfrider members recently attended a number of listening sessions held around the country on the new National Ocean Policy. At sessions in New Jersey, California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and elsewhere, Surfrider members expressed strong support for the National Ocean Policy, while also pushing federal officials to strengthen actions identified in…

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Surfrider Joins Global Protest Against Offshore Drilling

July 01 2011

Surfrider Joins Global Protest Against Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems

On June 25, Surfrider Foundation activists joined tens of thousands of people around the world in participating in Hands Across the Sand, a grassroots event in support of protecting our coasts from offshore drilling.

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It’s Official.  South Coast MPAs Go Into Effect Oct 1, 2011

July 01 2011

It’s Official.  South Coast MPAs Go Into Effect Oct 1, 2011

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The Fish and Game Commission officially voted this week that October 1, 2011 will be the implementation date for the southern California Marine Protected Areas. For over two years the State, local stakeholders and other organizations have been working to create a network of MPAs that protect sea life and…

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New Rulemaking for Coastal Power Plants

June 29 2011

New Rulemaking for Coastal Power Plants

Legal Ocean Ecosystems

Our Environmental Protection Agency is currently allowing coastal power plants to continue using a cooling system that sucks in and grinds fish, flattens them on screens - or, if they make it through that process, the fish still face boiling hot water through the entrainment process. Virtually no marine life…

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Update on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California and New MPA Science

June 24 2011

Update on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California and New MPA Science

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

Last December, the California Fish and Game Commission approved a final plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in southern California. Next week (June 29), the Commission will meet to discuss the timeline for implementation of protected areas and review MPAs proposed for the far north coast. This week several reports…

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Listening Sessions: National Ocean Policy

June 01 2011

Listening Sessions: National Ocean Policy

Ocean Ecosystems

The National Ocean Council (NOC) has announced a series of listening sessions to be held around the country on the new National Ocean Policy. These meetings are a great opportunity to provide input on action plans and to highlight Surfrider priorities that could benefit from federal support. See below for…

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Congress Opens Our Coasts for Drilling

May 12 2011

Congress Opens Our Coasts for Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House of Representatives today passed HR 1231 "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act", the third in a trio of bills that would accelerate and expand offshore drilling in the United States. More than ever, now is a critical time to call your senator to ask him/ her to support…

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Blue Vision Summit: May 20-23

May 08 2011

Blue Vision Summit: May 20-23

Ocean Ecosystems

Registration is open for the Blue Vision Summit in Washington DC on May 20-23!

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Ocean/Wind Power Ecological Baseline Studies in New Jersey

April 29 2011

Ocean/Wind Power Ecological Baseline Studies in New Jersey

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Science recently collected baseline ecological/natural resource data for baseline studies in waters off New Jersey’s coast to determine the current distribution and usage of this area by ecological resources. The scope of work included the collection of data on the distribution,…

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Site off Newport, Oregon Chosen for Wave Energy Test Facility

April 25 2011

Site off Newport, Oregon Chosen for Wave Energy Test Facility

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

A one-square-mile site off the coast near Newport has been selected for a new wave energy test program, the first of its kind in the United States and the closest one this side of Scotland. The siting decision was announced Wednesday by officials from the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy…

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Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference

April 15 2011

Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

On April 28th-29th, the fourth annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. This conference will explore how to create a more sustainable energy future with a diverse power generation portfolio including marine renewable energy technologies.

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