Change Begins Onshore

Coastal Recreation Studies

The Surfrider Foundation and its partners are conducting coastal and ocean recreation studies in regions across the United States. The studies collect data from recreational users on non-consumptive activities such as beach going, surfing, kayaking, diving, and wildlife viewing. Study results include spatial data (e.g., maps) and economic impact data. This information fills a key gap in our understanding of coastal and ocean uses and is being used to inform regional ocean planning efforts. Please see below for links to study reports and fact sheets.

Mid-Atlantic Coastal & Ocean Recreation Study 

The Surfrider Foundation partnered with Point 97, The Nature Conservancy, and Monmouth University to complete the Mid-Atlantic Coastal & Ocean Recreation Study in 2013-2014. Almost 1,500 completed surveys were collected, which included over 20,000 data points on where people are recreating in the Mid-Atlantic. This new data is incredibly important for regional ocean planning moving ahead in the region. The data will be integrated into the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal and available for use by the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) to create a plan for ocean management in the Mid-Atlantic. For a version of the completed report (97 pages), click here. Questions? Contact Matt Gove, Surfrider's Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager at mgove@surfrider.org.

Northeast Coastal and Marine Recreation Study 

A new study to characterize coastal and marine recreational activity in New England has been launched to support the Northeast regional ocean planning process. Led by Point 97, SeaPlan, and the Surfrider Foundation, the project will collect information on a variety of recreational uses such as beach going, wildlife viewing, surfing, and non-motorized boating (e.g. kayaking). The study team will collaborate with industry leaders such as operators and event organizers to determine data collection approaches and map fishing derbies, sailing regattas, commercial whale watching, and SCUBA diving. In addition, an online survey will be launched in the fall to collect data from recreational users and other members of the public. The results of the study will be published in a final report and spatial data layers will also be incorporated into the Northeast Ocean Data Portal.  The project will not collect data on fishing or recreational boating from individual users as those activities are being addressed through other studies. Please stay tuned for updates on the project including the launch of the online survey!

Washington Recreation Study 

The Surfrider Foundation and Point 97 have launched an online survey to document the recreational use of Washington's Pacific coast. If you have visited the Washington coast in the last 12 months, please take the survey by visiting this link: http://surfrider.org/washington-survey/ The survey is collecting data on numerous non-consumptive uses by the public including diving, kayaking, surfing, birding, and camping. The survey allows recreational users to map coastal and ocean areas they have visited and report economic expenditures. Final results will be available in the spring of 2015.

Take the Survey Here!

Oregon Non-consumptive Ocean Recreation Study 

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