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Coastal Blog — Ocean Ecosystems

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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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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