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

Beach-Related Bills Fail in Beach Bill Anniversary Year

beach_fund_image_courtesy_surfrider.jpg 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 created an Ocean...Read more
Cleaning up debris on the rocky shore.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

CoastWatch Has Key Roles in Marine Debris Action Plan

marine_debris_cleanup_sara_schreiber.jpg 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 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 colonial animal, and can develop from another zooid by budding or...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
Time to step up for our beaches\Photo courtesy of Surfrider.

Speak Out Now for Beach Fund Bill

beach_fund_image_courtesy_surfrider.jpg 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
 Leaving Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Ocean Frontiers Films Available for Screening

redfish_rocks_behind_odfw.jpg 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 your organization would...Read more
Cascade Head Marine Reserve coastline.

Cascade Head Management Plan Open For Public Comment

cascade-head.jpg 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 to...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
Oregon's ocean:  the view north from Cape Lookout.  Photo by Dennis Hoffman.

Ocean Science Trust Funding on Legislative Table

cape_lookout_looking_north_dennis_hoffman.jpg Oregon Shores strongly supports Senate Bill 281, which would provide funding for the Ocean Science Trust. The bill has passed out of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee April 10 with a referral to Ways and Means. That committee is the one where actual decisions about...Read more
Housing and Haystack Rock.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

NOAA Completes Evaluation of Oregon Coastal Management Program

haystack_rock_and_houses_sonja_peterson.jpg The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just released the findings that emerged from its review of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program. For the most part, the findings are very positive—and the biggest black mark against Oregon’s coastal program isn’t something that...Read more