Coastal Blog — Ocean Ecosystems
September 27 2013
Driven by emerging uses of the ocean such as wave and wind energy, the Surfrider Foundation is conducting several new and upcoming ocean recreation studies across the country to inform ocean planning. Ocean planners are seeking this information on to develop plans that will protect existing uses of the ocean…
August 19 2013
The Obama Administration has announced it will delay a final decision on whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean until March 2014. Seismic airgun testing would result in major impacts to marine wildlife and bring the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of offshore oil drilling. Please…
August 16 2013
The citizens of California recently learned fracking has been occurring in California waters (both state and federal). The revelation was shocking because government officials had previously asserted fracking was not being used off California’s coast. Surfrider is working with the two organizations that made the discovery to help raise awareness…
August 08 2013
The National Marine Sanctuaries Program has announced it plans to accept nominations for new sanctuaries. As the first step, NOAA is calling for public input on the criteria and process the agency would use to evaluate such proposals.
July 06 2013
Surfrider has launched on online survey to capture where people recreate along the coasts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Please take a few minutes to participate!
June 30 2013
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!
June 25 2013
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.
June 09 2013
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.
May 20 2013
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!
April 29 2013
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.
April 28 2013
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.
April 08 2013
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,…
February 12 2013
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.
January 31 2013
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.
January 24 2013
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.
January 18 2013
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...