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December 10, 2007

MARINE RESERVES: POLICY GUIDANCE

The OPAC Marine Reserve Working Group has developed a draft Policy Document to guide establishment of a network of marine reserves in state waters. The document identifies the network goal and provides guidelines for designation. This month, all of us (surfers, divers, kayakers, sailors, beachcombers etc.) have the opportunity to provide input on this issue to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) through Fred Sickler, our Ocean Recreation representative on OPAC. Please read this document (link below) and email your thoughts to pstauffer@surfrider.org and I will pass along to Fred. Also, the next OPAC meeting will be held in Warrenton on January 7-8. Discussion topics will include marine reserves, wave energy, LNG, etc. Lets get a big turnout! More info will be posted on event calendar soon. Click here for the document Draft_ORMarineReservePolicyGuidance112907.pdf

December 1, 2007

Wave Energy Workshop: Ecological Effects

On Oct 11-12, a diverse group of 50 marine scientists met in Newport to discuss potential ecological impacts of wave energy development on Oregon’s coastal ecosystems. The workshop included discussion of possible effects to benthic and pelagic habitats, as well as fish, seabird, and mammal species. The State of Oregon is interested in wave energy development as a clean, renewable resource. The findings of this workshop should help inform efforts to avoid or mitigate impacts to ocean ecosystems. To this end, Oregon Chapter of Surfrider is using these workshop findings in the development of recommendations for research and monitoring of wave energy projects. To read summary of the workshop findings: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/waveenergy/

November 14, 2007

New Mid-Coast Blue Water Partners and Influence

The Newport Blue Water Task Force continues to expand with new projects and partnerships with OSU Extension’s after school programming and the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Youth Volunteer Program. Additionally the central coast chapter has formed a new campaign to better framework the increased watershed management potentials which the Blue Water Task Force influences. Beginning with watershed protection ordinances forthe Big Creek resevoir, the city of Newport’s culinary water source, the chapter hopes to adopt similar protection ordinances for urban watersheds. Implementing management strategies and land use planning ordinances is visioning beyond water quality problems and working toward solutions through engaging citizens, science and stakeholder interest into management decisions. This begins with the simple grassroots activities such as collecting water samples and grows into much greater possibilities for management. Learn more at http://www.surfrider.org/centralcoastoregon/ or find out how you can get involved by visiting http://www.surfrider.org/oregon/volunteers.html.
November 6, 2007

COMMON GROUND: GOLD BEACH & SEASIDE

Green Fire Productions will show their documentary, Common Ground: Oregons Ocean, in Gold Beach on Tues, Nov 20. The film features stunning views of Oregons underwater world and combines leading marine science with perspectives from those who rely on the ocean for their livelihood. A reception starts the evening off at 6pm and the film screens at 7pm. The 30-minute film will be followed by a Q & A discussion with scientists, fishermen, and OPAC members. Curry County Fairgrounds, Showcase Room, Highway 101. Free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Nov 27, Surfrider is sponsoring an open forum from 6-8pm in Seaside at the Bob Chisolm Community Center (room 1&2). Entitled Marine Reserves: What You Need to Know, the forum will feature presentations from OPAC members on Oregons public process to establish a network of marine reserves in Oregon. The evening will also feature the short film: Common Ground: Oregons Ocean. Food and Beverages will be provided. All are welcome. See you there!

November 4, 2007

ACTION PLAN FOR OCEAN HEALTH

The Governors of Oregon, Washington, and California have just released a Draft Action Plan as part of the West Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health. The plan identifies specific actions for the three states to undertake to address the following priority areas: a) clean waters and beaches; b) healthy ocean & coastal habitats; c) ecosystem-based management; d) offshore development; e) ocean literacy; f) ocean science; and g) sustainable economic development. The report is available online at http://westcoastoceans.gov/ and the deadline for submitting public comments is December 1st. Oregon Chapter is looking for volunteers to help review the plan and develop written recommendations. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Pete pstauffer@surfrider.org. Mahalo!

November 2, 2007

Finavera Buoy Sinks

The AquaBuOY 2.0 is now investigating the seafloor off Newport rather than wave energy. Finavera announced yesterday the completion of their piloting project for the buoy, leaving it behind last Saturday when it accidentally sunk to the seafloor. We all have lots of questions on this one and are investigating the issue thoroughly. To read the official press release from Finavera, see the first comment to this blog or link below. What questions remain? There’s permitting and insurance complication with when and how the salvage effort will occur. The rumors are flying that this might not come out until spring…what if it gets covered with sand and can’t be removed, what if it does move and threatens public saftey on the beaches and in the surf and just what kind of precedent does this delayed salvage set for future projects. Other questions remain about the buoy’s design, why it sunk, what it’s currently doing to the benthic habitat and marine life and how it may affect crabbers this season. If nothing else this points to the need for small piloting projects and serious planning for build out of projects. I think we all support a green future for energy but we have to make sure it’s really green…there was a time we thought hydro was green…the salmon would argue otherwise. More to come…
Finavera-NewsRelease.pdf
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