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
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