Ocean Events


Surrogate Whale Watch Presentation

December 5, 2020

Gray whales at Depoe Bay.\Photo by Era Horton.

In normal winters, we would be fast approaching Whale Watch Week, and State Parks’ Whale Watching Spoken Here program would be gearing up.  But it is 2020, we’re back to a coronavirus “freeze,” and there will be no public whale-oriented...

Past Events


Offshore Drilling Presentation

February 1, 2018, Coos Bay

Courtesy of Surfrider Foundation

Livelihoods in coastal communities across the country rely on America’s coastal waters. The Trump administration’s push to open our coastlines to offshore leasing would threaten recreation, the livelihoods of those in the fishing and tourism industries, and...


Rocky Shores Working Group Meeting

January 30, 2018, Salem

View from inside Devils Punchbowl.\Photo by Dennis White.
View from inside Devils Punchbowl.\Photo by Dennis White.

The Territorial Sea Plan Working Group of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 1-4 p.m., in the Basement Hearing Room of the Department of Land Conservation and Development (635 Capitol...


Science Pub Features Pyrosomes

January 28, 2018, Coos Bay

Over the past year, you may have seen some odd gelatinous tubes (some compare them to icycles) washing up on local beaches.  Many CoastWatchers have reported large numbers on their miles. These creatures are known as pyrosomes, and have never before been seen in such concentrations in...


Oregon Marine Reserves Talk

January 27, 2018, Yachats

Courtesy of Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve

The Cape Perpetua Speaker Series is from January-March. Each part of the series is hosted by a special presenter who is well versed on a partiuclar point of interest. For this event, learn about Oregon’s five marine reserves with Paul Engelmeyer,...


Guided Naturalist Walk

January 20, 2018, Newport

coot close up
Coot close-up. | Photo by Peter Pearsall

Bird enthusiast Ram Papish will lead a Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip pm Saturday, Jan. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport (2030 S.E. Marine Science Dr).  Right now the bay is jam-packed with...


Surfrider 'Welcome' Party

January 19, 2018, Portland

Courtesy of Surfrider Portland

The Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is ready to kick off 2018 with a bang. 

They are inviting everyone to join them for a Welcome Party at UP North Surf Club on Friday Jan. 19th, from 7-10 p.m. Enjoy catered food from Tamale Boy, with beverages for...


Marine Reserves Research Talk

January 11, 2018, Newport

ODFW waves the flag for marine reserves research.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.
ODFW waves the flag for marine reserves research.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Surfrider’s Newport chapter invites the public to attend their first chapter meeting of 2018 and learn more about marine reserves.  The gathering takes place Thursday, Jan. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 205 of the Newport...


Marine Reserves Research Lecture

January 10, 2018, Cannon Beach

Wolfe Wagman.
Wolfe Wagman. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Marine Reserves Website

The World of Haystack Rock speaker series is offered on the second Wednesday of each month from November through April, with each presentation taking place at 7 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library.  The Friends of Haystack...


Marine Board Considers Wakes

January 10, 2018, Salem

Boats and jet skis on the Salmon River, and their wakes, have been the subject of controversy. Photo by Jack Doyle.
Boats and jet skis on the Salmon River, and their wakes, have been the subject of controversy. Photo by Jack Doyle.

The Oregon State Marine Board is holding their quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The meeting, beginning at 9 a.m., takes place in Salem at the Oregon Department of...


Deadline for Sea Lion Comments

January 8, 2018

Sea lions.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.
Sea lions.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting public comments, through close of business Jan. 8, on a request by the states of Oregon, Washington, and California for permission to trap and kill California sea lions.  The states want...