Surfrider Foundation has completed a pollution education display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The display announces the Oregon’s Blue Water Task Force program, lists pollutant types, sources, and includes several of the 20 Ways to reduce pollution. The display board was shaped by Bryan Bates of Seven Surfboards with the design from Ozon Digital’s Roland Hoyle, and surfboard stand construction by Fred Sickler of Oregon Surf Shop. The shaper and graphic artist used an old procedure of printing the images and text onto rice paper. However, the rice paper was a high quality, innovative fabric and the inks were special archival quality, guaranteed not to fade for 100 years. To our knowledge, this paper and ink combination has not been used before on a surfboard and several experiments had to be conducted before the board was produced. With donations from the above businesses, the cost was approximately $500 including the cost of the surfboard blank and fiberglass. This display will be at the Patagonia Portland store in the month of April 2006. Surfrider Foundation used a portion of the Patagonia Portland 2003 outreach grant budget to produce a pollution education piece at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. This piece is a surfboard, containing photos and text educating the Aquarium’s 1.5 million annual visitors regarding marine pollution and simple solution methods that everybody can complete. This board stands eight feet tall and is next to a table where youth volunteers (high school students) conduct weekly marine water quality testing activities. Click here for the full article