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August 25, 2017

World Class Ocean Exploration Happening Off the Washington Coast – Live Interactive Event Monday at Grays Harbor College

The Nautilus EV is currently exploring the sea-floor off the Washington Coast. It is the second year in a row that this cutting edge research has ventured into the depths of our coastline. Many of these areas are still mysterious and not well known. What truly makes this effort stand out from others is how open and interactive it is. The Nautilus is set up with all the high tech bells and whistles available today, most notably, the technology that allows their crew to broadcast their exploration live. Even better, they have experts on hand that describe what they’re seeing and even answer questions that are posed by viewers.

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August 24, 2017

Clean Water Classic Registration Opens Monday, August 28th

Registration for the 16th annual Clean Water Classic will open Monday, August 28th at 9am. Contestants will be available to signup for their preferred division on the events website and Facebook page. Entry to each division will be $35 (plus processing) and does include a Surfrider membership. Act fast before all the divisions fill up!
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August 23, 2017

Massive Net Pen Aquaculture Expansion in the Strait? A Disaster Waiting to Happen…

Did you know there is currently Atlantic Salmon being raised in net pens within the Harbor in Port Angeles? The company that owns this operation is claiming that they’re getting squeezed out, and proposes a major expansion and relocation just offshore of Green Point. This issue is moving fast, and comments are still being accepted by the Clallam County. It’s also worth noting the company that is proposing this project also owns the facility off Cypress Island that broke apart this past weekend, releasing thousands of non-native Atlantic Salmon into the Salish Sea.
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August 15, 2017

The More You NOAA: Spotlight on a few of the Programs that Enhance our Coastal Quality of Life

On the heels of Pete Stauffer’s recent coastal blog post highlighting the national view of the NOAA budget process currently being considered in Congress, we’re taking a deeper dive into the waters of Washington State to get a clearer sense of the importance of NOAA programs to the state’s communities and quality of life.
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August 3, 2017

August 12th, Get Into Your Sanctuary Day!

As a travel destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America’s most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. We are so fortunate to have the spectacular Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary right here in our backyard!
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July 11, 2017

2017 Surfrider Leadership Academy – Washington Coast

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Surfrider Leadership Academy – Washington Coast officially launches today! This is the second year of the full program following the 2015 pilot. It is a truly cutting edge leadership program that will prepare participants as they grapple with the current and emerging threats to our coastal resources.
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July 10, 2017

Marine Renewable Energy Seminar Series

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant, and the Skagit, Jefferson, and North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committees are hosting a seminar series around North Puget Sound and the outer coast focused on marine renewable energy in August.
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July 6, 2017

Taking the Advisory Signs Down at Larrabee State Park

There are plenty of stories from Surfrider’s 20-plus year history of running a volunteer water testing program of chapters asking for signs to be posted at the beach to warn the bathing public when new pollution issues are discovered.   It’s not so common, however, for a chapter to be able to achieve an end result and be able to successfully report that the local sources of pollution have been identified, fixed, and water quality conditions improved…..And thus witness the removal of an advisory sign.  
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June 26, 2017

Tacoma Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance Effective July 12th

The South Sound chapter based in Tacoma, WA worked effectively with community members, organizations, and the city on researching, developing, and passing the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance on July 12th, 2016. As per city rules and the makeup of the ordinance, it required one year for implementation. That time has come and the South Sound chapter is once again working with the city to assist with the rollout of the new policy.
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May 25, 2017

A Budget Proposal That Would Trash Our Oceans

The Trump administration released their proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 earlier this week and it isn’t pretty. Numerous programs have been targeted for elimination and others would see steep cuts if the budget were adopted. It is apparent that protecting water quality, coastal communities, ocean health and funding science to better understand our aquatic ecosystems and climate is not a priority.
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