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Dr. Isobe holds a Japanese property marker, found near one of the potential study sites
January 14, 2015

Japanese Researchers Visit Oregon for Marine Debris Project

This week, two researchers from Japan joined us to check out some potential sites for a marine debris monitoring project on the Oregon coast! The NOAA Marine Debris Program through a collaboration with PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization), reached out to us at Surfrider here in Oregon back in October to help support this really cool webcam project – developed by a Japanese researcher to help better monitor marine debris on our coast.
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Debris from my short walk on Sunday afternoon
December 23, 2014

Dirty Debris Does PNW – Big Waves + King Tides = Major Influx

The combination of recent large swell activity and the Dec 21st-23rd ‘king tides’ have resulted in a large influx in debris all along the Oregon coast. King Tides occur when the sun and the moon align, causing an increased gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans, and higher tides means more debris coming onshore.
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December 17, 2014

Give us your best shot – “King Tides” are on the way!

It’s that time again,  Dec 21st-23rd, Jan 19th-21st, and February 17th-19th the King Tides return with the highest tides of 2014-2015. The King Tide photo initiative is an international effort which aims to document flooded areas through citizen photography during the highest tides of the year. Like snapshots into the future, the photos and documentation will help us better visualize and plan for coastal communities susceptible to sea level rise, coastal flooding and hazards.
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December 5, 2014

BWTF Pollution Solutions Expanding for 2015

One of Surfrider’s strongest programs in Oregon is our Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), which tests recreational water quality at over 40 different beaches along our coastline, publicizes results and works on pollution solutions with local partners and designated management agencies. Thanks to the generosity of Eva Chiles Meyer Fund #1 and the Oneatta Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, we’re excited to expand this chapter and volunteer driven program in 2015. Projects to be supported include the launch of a new lab and program at Bandon High School, collaboration with the City of Newport on a water quality restoration project and a multi-agency partnership to source and educate on pollution issues at Oswald West State Park (Short Sands beach). 
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November 29, 2014

Marine Reserve Status Update 2014

We’re nearing the end of 2014 and many are interested in the status of the marine reserve program. Many exciting things have happened this year as two more marine reserves came online, Cape Perpetua and Cascade Head, joining Otter Rock and Redfish Rocks which went into effect in 2012. In this post we’ll update you on the latest and greatest for Oregon’s Marine Reserve program, including a site by site status guide for locating handy information and tracking the progress of each reserve.
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November 12, 2014

Introducing Ryan Cruse, Oregon Field Coordinator

We’re very pleased to announce that we have hired Ryan Cruse as our new Oregon Field Coordinator for Surfrider Foundation. This is not a decision we took lightly and is the culmination of 3 months of applications and interview processes – despite the extremely competitive nature of the position and applicants, Ryan clearly rose to the top and we’re excited to have him on board. His official start date is December 1st, but as many of you know, Ryan’s already gotten a little wet behind the ears with chapter engagement, so feel free to reach to out to him in the meantime ( – 503-729-7471).  A little bit about Ryan for those of you that don’t know him yet:
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