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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 email@example.com 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
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/
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo!