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May 12, 2014

3 Boats and a Goat – Marine Debris up on the Oregon Coast

It was a busy weekend for beach ranger staff and volunteers along the Oregon Coast as yet another wave of marine debris flushed in along our shores, littering beaches with everything from common household items, floats and water bottles to larger debris such as derelict boats and skiffs. The uptick in debris was first noted a couple of weeks ago, when droves of floats and smaller items began washing ashore, particularly along the more remote stretches of coastline. This weekend 3 boats washed ashore, 2 in the Tillamook area and another near Waldport in Bayshore. Of the more interesting beach reports this weekend was that of CoastWatch Program mile adopter Ed Rossiter, who reported goats (actually they are sheep) on the south coast!
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May 8, 2014

Registration Open: 6th Annual Otter Rock n Roll

The Surfrider Foundation’s Newport, Siuslaw and Portland Chapters have announced open registration for the 6th annual Otter Rock n’ Roll Youth Surf and Beach Cleanup Challenge in celebration of International Surfing Day.  Observed globally, International Surfing Day celebrates the sport of surfing and helps raise awareness about issues facing our oceans, waves and beaches. The Otter Rock N’ Roll will take place on June 21st at Otter Rock/Devil’s Punchbowl State Park from 8am-4pm.
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various forms of foreign net floats are also a common find
May 7, 2014

Keeping the Cape Clean

A hearty thanks to all the Surfrider volunteers that came out last Sunday to support the rapid response cleanup at Cape Lookout! Approximately 50-60% of the debris had Japanese characters, much of it the typical things we’ve been seeing following the tsunami event, but it’s hard to say if this is just more gyre junk from westerly winds or actually tsunami debris. A total of 4 truckloads of plastic floats, foam, household items, and a partial boat hull among other things were removed from this remote and ecologically significant headland.
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1 of 4 tires found on this same short walk
April 29, 2014

Wave of Debris Hits Oregon Coast

Recent westerlies have blown across the Pacific sending yet another wave of debris upon Oregon beaches the past few days, much of it well-marked with Japanese writing. It’s really hard to definitively say that this is tsunami debris, but the majority of what we’re seeing has the characteristic markings and assemblages from previous influxes of debris that we saw in 2012. Beachgoers should be on the lookout for materials that may contain potentially invasive species, and report potentially hazardous materials through 211 or other marine debris reporting resources.
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April 25, 2014

Fishing for Science: Hook & Line Surveys at new Marine Reserve sites

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) marine reserves program is again looking for volunteer anglers for this year’s survey season. This year ODFW will be working with local charter vessels out of Garibaldi, Depoe Bay, Newport, and Port Orford, volunteer anglers are needed in April, May, September and October.
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April 25, 2014

NOAA Approves Part 5 of Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan for Renewable Ocean Energy

NOAA recently approved the Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) Part Five as a routine program change to the Oregon Coastal Management Program, the enforceable policies of the TSP can now be applied under federal consistency of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). 
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