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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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Tidal Power Testing in Washington

April 14 2011

Tidal Power Testing in Washington

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

This spring, the Snohomish Public Utility District in Washington will submit its final license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to install two test turbines on the bottom of Admiralty Inlet. The turbines would look like large “donut-shaped” rings, spanning 33 feet across, positioned several feet above the…

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Tidal Energy Being Studied in Alaska

March 30 2011

Tidal Energy Being Studied in Alaska

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Ocean Renewable Power, a company which has conducted a pilot project in Maine and developed much of their technology there, is now evaluating the prospects of using tides in the Cook Inlet area of Alaska to spin a turbine to generate electricity. The company just received a permit to begin…

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March 18 2011

Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Bill Introduced in Senate

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

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March 11 2011

Oregon at the Epicenter of Wave Energy Research and Development

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

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February 14 2011

Another Type of Renewable Ocean Energy

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

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San Onofre Ocean Energy Project

February 14 2011

San Onofre Ocean Energy Project

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

JD Products is seeking public comments on their proposal to install a renewable ocean energy project off San Onofre State Park. The Surfrider Foundation's South Orange County Chapter is following the project closely.

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February 11 2011

DOE and DOI Unveil Offshore Wind Energy Strategic Plan

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

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January 07 2011

Tidal Energy Project Moves Forward in New York

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

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