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June 29, 2008

Benefit Art Show – July 3 in Portland

The Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, along with Wend magazine and Kona Brewing are hosting a benefit art show for Surfrider’s ongoing programs to benefit our oceans. Hosted by Lizard Lounge for first Thursday, the show will feature seven different regional surf artists, music, and lots of free beer. (Spencer Reynolds ‘Connecting’ pictured right). Plus, a Surfrider table with info on our campaigns, programs, and volunteer opportunities! Come down, show your support for mother ocean, and check out some art. Thursday, July 3rd, 6pm 1323 NW Irving St., Portland

June 24, 2008

International Surfing Day Beach Cleanup Highlights


June 23, 2008


On June 17-18, 2008, the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) with support from Surfrider, PMCC and other partners officially launched the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area! The event was attended by over a hundred participants including the Governors Office, fishermen, marine scientists, community leaders, agency staff, and environmental groups. Jared Tarr, Surfriders Blue Water Task Force Coordinator in Port Orford, presented on local marine water quality testing conducted in partnership with Pacific High School. The goal of the proposed Stewardship Area is to protect the rich marine ecology of the region while also promoting sustainable fishing opportunities for the local fleet. The Areas boundaries encompass the communitys historic fishing grounds and adjacent watersheds, promoting an ecosystem-based approach to management. The Stewardship Area concept grew out of POORTs mission to engage local fishers and other community members in creating a natural resource management framework that makes sense for the Port Orford. POORT believes that in order to sustain local fisheries, we must be proactive, ensuring that people who live and work on the ocean play a role in their stewardship. For more info on the project please see thanks to Leesa, Alicia, Jared, Rachel, Aaron, Markus, and many, many others

June 13, 2008

Marine Reserves Outreach

Kicking off Phase 2 of marine reserves outreach, Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting informational meetings June 23 – 27 in communities along the coast and in Salem from 7pm – 9pm. The meetings will provide an update on changes to the marine reserves development process made in response to public input earlier this year, and introduce the process by which the public can propose sites for further evaluation as potential marine reserves. See below for dates/locations. For full details, please see

Monday, June 23: Newport

Tuesday, June 24: Tillamook

Wednesday, June 25: Salem

Thursday, June 26: North Bend

Friday, June 27: Gold Beach

June 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

Sunken Finavera off Newport Found!

This just in from the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) Ocean and Coastal Services Division: “The EPA vessel OSV Bold was performing sidescan transects…offshore Newport last night. We obtained the last known position of the Finavera wave energy buoy, just north of our planned survey, and added a short transect to try to locate it. We were successful. The attached sonar target record contains the buoy’s sidescan image, latitude and longitude, and dimensions. I hope that this information will be helpful in Finavera’s efforts to recover it.” We have cropped the lat. and long. information for this pubic posting and felt it was more appropriate for DLCD to furnish this information.
June 1, 2008


By July 1, 2008, the Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) will launch a public nomination process to identify potential marine reserve sites in Oregons Territorial Sea. The proposal process will be supported by local nearshore action teams, comprised of coastal residents, ocean users, and other interested parties. Proposed sites will be subject to several phases of evaluation based on established ecological and socioeconomic criteria. Marine reserves are places in the ocean that are protected from human extraction or damage, and science shows that reserves typically result in greater abundance, size, and diversity of marine organisms inside their boundaries. For more info on Oregon’s planning process: For info to get involved please contact

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