Coastal Conservation News Archive

A complete archive of our past news articles, beginning in Fall 2016; older articles from our previous website are available in the historical archive

 Poster for the failed Oregon Beach Fund campaign.\Photo courtesy of Surfrider.

Beach-Related Bills Fail in Beach Bill Anniversary Year

Poster for the failed Oregon Beach Fund campaign.\Photo courtesy of Surfrider. The 50th anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill seemed like an appropriate occasion for the Oregon Legislature to honor and extend this legacy. The legislators failed. Oregon Shores, Surfrider and other coastal conservation groups strongly supported Senate Bill 745, which would have...Read more
Cleaning up debris on the rocky shore.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

CoastWatch Has Key Roles in Marine Debris Action Plan

Cleaning up debris on the rocky shore.\Photo by Sara Schreiber. CoastWatchers have been actively cleaning beaches of marine debris since the program was founded more than 20 years ago, and CoastWatch has had an organized marine debris project for the past six. In the wake of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, Oregon Shores (through CoastWatch) joined with four partners...Read more
Sea pickles off the coast of Oregon.

Sightings: ‘Sea Pickles’ Wash Ashore in the Pacific Northwest

Pyrosomes off the west coast of America. | Photo from University of Oregon Mysterious translucent creatures are washing ashore along the western shores of North America. Known as “sea pickles” -- the scientific name is pyrosomes -- these creatures are made up of a colony of individual zooids. A zooid is a tiny multicellular organism that makes up part of a...Read more
King Tide swamps downtown Nehalem.\Photo by Gretel Oxwang.

Dates Set for This Year’s King Tide Project

King Tide swamps downtown Nehalem.\Photo by Gretel Oxwang. The first round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, takes place November 4-6. The other two high-tide series the project will cover will be December 3-5, and January 2-4, 2018. This will be the eighth year that CoastWatch has...Read more
Solitary walker on Manzanita Beach.  Photo by Rena Martin.

Photo Contest Celebrates Beach Bill

Solitary walker on Manzanita Beach. Photo by Rena Martin. If you use Instagram, the Oregon Coast Visitors Association is offering an opportunity to honor the Beach Bill and compete for prizes. They have launched a photo contest, run through Instagram. To enter, post either your own vintage photograph of the Oregon Coast (preferably from the year 1967), or a...Read more
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

Progress Slow on Rocky Shores Initiative

Rocky shores at Boiler Bay. Photo by Kirt Edblom. More than a year ago, Oregon Shores successfully proposed to the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) that Oregon revisit its management policies regarding our rocky shore areas. A new OPAC working group was created, chaired by Robin Hartmann, Oregon Shores’ Ocean Policy Advocate, to review policies...Read more
Pier at Garibaldi--acidification can affect Oregon's fisheries\Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Oregon Works to Combat Ocean Acidification

Pier at Garibaldi--acidification can affect Oregon's fisheries\Photo by Sonja Peterson. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown chose World Oceans Day (June 8) to announce a commitment to fighting climate change and its impacts to ocean species and habitats. Oregon is a founding members of the Pacific Coast...Read more
Time to step up for our beaches\Photo courtesy of Surfrider.

Speak Out Now for Beach Fund Bill

Time to step up for our beaches\Photo courtesy of Surfrider. Oregon Shores has strongly supported Senate Bill 745, which creates an Ocean Beach Fund, as a means of honoring the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill. Now, your voice is urgently needed if the bill is to escape the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue in time for passage this session...Read more
View of Otter Rock, near the condo offered for rent.  Photo by Cathy Tronquel.

Benefit Auction for Oceanfront Eclipse Viewing Aids Oregon Shores

View of Otter Rock, near the condo offered for rent. Photo by Cathy Tronquel. Here’s a chance to see the celestial event of the century, spend a week on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Oregon coast, and also help to make a difference for coastal conservation. Thanks to an anonymous contribution by an Oregon Shores member, Oregon Shores is auctioning...Read more