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June 26, 2007 | 1 Comment

Ecosystem-Based Management

On June 21, Surfrider hosted a workshop Advancing Ecosystem-Based Ocean Management in Oregon in partnership with Oregon Ocean, Oceana and COMPASS. The workshop was attended by scientists, agency staff, elected officials, and other non-profit organizations. The workshop addressed how Oregon may transition to a more integrated approach to ocean governance that focuses on the health of the entire ecosystem (e.g. protecting biodiversity, habitat features, land-sea connections, ecological functions, etc) rather than a sector-by-sector approach. To read a draft vision statement on EBM in Oregon by four groups, please see first comment to this post

June 18, 2007

International Surf Day – June 21 & 23!

Come out and celebrate International Surf Day with the Newport and Portland Chapters of Surfrider Foundation. Three Oregon events are lined up and sure to be a lot of fun and a great benefit for our oceans and surfing. The first event takes place on the actual “international surf day”, June 21st. An evening beach cleanup and paddle out will occur at South Beach State Park from 6:00-9:00 on Thursday June 21, 2007. Also on Thursday, is the Todd Hannigan concert at the Aladdin Theater (see http://www.surfrider.org/portland/index.html for details). The blow-out event is on June 23rd at the Rogue Brewery in South Beach from 5:00-9:00: “Art of Surfing”, featuring surf/skate photography and art from around Oregon, food, drinks, raffle and door prizes, all ages welcome: $3 admission. Proceeds from this benefit will be split between the Newport and Portland Chapter to fund water quality, beach preservation, beach access, and special places campaigns. Come on out to have fun and learn how Surfrider is working for you!
June 12, 2007

Kenny Doubt Memorial – June 16th

Come check out last year’s tow in contest and help support an Oregon local. Proceeds from this viewing will be donated to the family of Kenny Doudt, an Oregon surf legend. Kenny died surfing his favorite break in Kauai, HI on May 5th 2007. Saturday, June 16th, 7:00 pm – Chinook Winds Golf Course Aces Sports Bar…see flyer for details.

June 8, 2007 | 1 Comment

Wave Energy Statement – Input Needed!

Oregon Chapter is currently working to develop a Statement on Wave Energy in Oregon that can be shared with state agencies, local governments, energy companies, and other interested parties. The statement will communicate the interested role of surfers and other recreational ocean users in local planning efforts, as well as articulate principles that should be applied when evaluating potential projects. The intention is to ensure that local Surfrider members have a strong voice in guiding what happens off their coast. While we all recognize that renewable energy may have tremendous upsides, we need to make sure that projects that move forward happen in the right way, and appropriately address potential impacts to the environment, public safety, ocean recreation, aesthetics etc. The first comment to this post is a draft statement that has been developed through the input of nearly 50 of our members and activists around the state. Please take a moment to review and provide feedback. You may do so through posting additional comments to this blog or emailing pstauffer@surfrider.org direct. Mahalo!

May 30, 2007

Clean Water Classic: This Weekend!

Join us this weekend in Westport, WA (June 1-3) for 2007 Clean Water Classic! The Clean Water Classic is Surfrider’s annual surfing contest that raises crucial funds for our chapters in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Weekend will feature silent auction, raffle, surf movies, campaign info and collection of some of the coolest folks in PNW. Some openings remain in women’s and juniors divisions. Every surfer that enters receives free Surfrider membership! Register today before it fills up at http://www.cleanwaterclassic.com/. Also, volunteers still needed to help staff event. Volunteer meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Friday at Islander Hotel or just show up Saturday and we’ll put you to work:) Thanks to Global Surf Industries and the rest of our sponsors. See ya there! (photo: Pro-Am finalists from 2006: Peter Devries 1st (right), Noah Cohen 2nd (left)

May 23, 2007

Community Stewardship Area: Port Orford

The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) with support from the Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Conservation Council, and Ecotrust is leading an effort to establish a “Community Stewardship Area” on the south coast of Oregon. The goal of the Stewardship Area project is to protect the rich marine ecology of the region while also promoting sustainable fisheries for the local fleet. Development of the Stewardship Area is being facilitated through a local process that involves commercial fishermen and other stakeholders in planning efforts. Parallel to this process, POORT and project partners are working to identify policy space, assemble scientific expertise, and build the necessary support at the state level for such a designation. The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team is a local non-profit that involves commercial fishermen in the science, management, and marketing of its local fishery. Surfrider has been testing water in Port Orford since 2003, and maintains a water quality testing laboratory at Pacific High School in partnership with POORT.

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