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

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
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
Otter Rock Marine Reserve, with the location of the condo being auctioned just to the left.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Benefit Auction for Condo in Eclipse Path Concludes

Otter Rock Marine Reserve, with the location of the condo being auctioned just to the left.\Photo courtesy of ODFW. Our benefit auction for an oceanfront condo stay during eclipse week has now concluded. Thanks to all those who bid on 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...Read more
 Leaving Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Ocean Frontiers Films Available for Screening

Leaving Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. Photo courtesy of ODFW. Oregon Shores recently co-sponsored a screening of Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Planning . This is the latest film from Green Fire Productions, which has been chronicling the development of marine reserves and ocean conservation efforts through a series of documentary works. If...Read more
Cascade Head Marine Reserve coastline.

Cascade Head Management Plan Open For Public Comment

Cascade Head Marine Reserve. | Photo by Gus Gates The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program has released a draft of the Cascade Head Site Management Plan for public comment. Comments are to be submitted by email...Read more
 Tidepool life will be on display at the clinics.  Photo by Jarrett Juarez.

CoastWatch and Lincoln City Offer Tidepool Clinics

Tidepool life will be on display at the clinics. Photo by Jarrett Juarez. Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, is leading a series of “tidepool clinics” this spring in Lincoln City. CoastWatch is joining forces with the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau to make this learning opportunity available to the shore-visiting public. Eleven of...Read more
Photo of two orca whales off the coast of Oregon.

World Oceans Day is June 8th

world_oceans_day_youtube_2017 Video of world_oceans_day_youtube_2017 World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a cleaner, healthier future. This year, on June 8th, individuals from across the globe will particpate in numerous ocean and water conservation events focusing on finding solutions to plastic pollution...Read more
Howard and Marguerite Watkins in Bandon.

In Memoriam: Oregon Shores Leader Howard Watkins

Howard and Marguerite Watkins in Bandon. We’re saddened to report the death of Howard Watkins, a principal figure in Oregon Shores’ history. For more than two decades, from the ‘70s into the early years of this century, he served the organization as president, treasurer, and in many other roles. During much of that time, until her death in 1999, his wife,...Read more