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

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Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day

Courtesy of the Ocean Conservancy SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Ocean trash is a serious pollution issue that affects the health of wildlife, people, and local economies. Trash on our shores and in the water increases the destruction and degradation of wildlife, water quality, and and ecosystems. In partnership with volunteer...Read more
Siletz Bay.

National Estuaries Week Arrives in September

Siletz Bay at high tide. | Photo by Meg Reed National Estuaries Week is a nationwide event supported by Restore America’s Estuaries, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, the Association of National Estuary Programs, and countless other associations and...Read more
 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
King Tide swamps downtown Nehalem.\Photo by Gretel Oxwang.

King Tide Project Now Underway

King Tide swamps downtown Nehalem.\Photo by Gretel Oxwang. The second round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, is coming up Dec. 3-5. The final round occurs January 2-4, 2018. (The first series of high tides we documented were Nov. 4-6.) Check the event listings for several...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
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

Progress Slow on Rocky Shores Initiative

rocky_shores_at_boiler_bay_kirt_edblom.jpg 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...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_odfw.jpg 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 also help to make a difference for coastal conservation. Thanks...Read more