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July 23, 2013

Kids + Surfing at Neah Bay = Awesome

By 9 AM the cars were steadily rolling into Hobuck camp ground in Neah Bay on Saturday.  The kids climbed out – many already in swimsuits – excited to participate in the surf camp put on by Warm Current.  Some kids remembered surfing with us last year and were back for another go!
The whole crowd did some warm-up and stretching before learning the surfing basics and safety.  Things got pretty silly as we practiced paddling in the sand.  We also did a little beach clean up – it seems there is always garbage to pick up at the beach.


Photo credit: Tyna Mcnair

And then we all got in the water – the kids did great and really showed off how quickly they can learn surf skills!

 Photo credit: Tal Vick

Some kids were more hesitant than others…

Photo credit: Tyna Mcnair

But some were ready to stand up!

Photo credit: Tyna Mcnair

Photo credit: Tal Vick

Photo credit: Tyna McNair
Getting kids stoked about playing in our ocean was a success! Their smiles were big- and we hear they’d like to have even more surf camps.

Photo credit: Tyna Mcnair

Volunteers from all over Washington and Oregon arrived the night before the surf camp to get to know each other- we hope you can join us next time!

Check out what Warm Current is doing on the West Coast and how you can join in the fun at an upcoming event on the WA Coast at:

See you at the beach!

July 16, 2013

Art Gallery Kickoff and Surfrider Fundraiser a Success

There was a solid turnout for the summer kickoff of Todd Fischer’s surf art gallery in Westport last Saturday.  Check out his rad surf art at http://toddfischer.net/index-2.htmlor drop by the gallery next time you’re in town. 
There was lots of sun and live music to enjoy, and bonus – there were homemade desserts and plenty of ‘Wetsuit Wheat’ beer donated by Westport Brewing Co (Thanks guys!).  Todd revealed two gorgeous murals and many lucky raffle winners went home with his donated original artwork in the form of a framed print, snowboard decal, hoodies, and tees!  Watch out for his art on Surfrider swag and buy some raffle tickets to have your chance next time.

Taking a break from entertaining us

Just hanging out

Revealing one of the murals

Enjoying the shop

Over $200 was raised at this event to support Washington Surfrider chapters!  These funds can be used for all kinds of projects by local chapters, like keeping our beaches clean.  Want to become a member? Go to: http://www.surfrider.org/membership. We’d love to see you at an event this summer! Check our Facebook page or request to get our email newsletter for details.

June 26, 2013

Clean Up the Beach with Surfrider and Washington State Parks at Westport on July 6th

The 4th of July is a great time to visit the beach and spend time with the family.  Another tradition of this All-American holiday is watching and using fireworks.  Too often, when fireworks are used on the beach, their remnants are left behind and get taken out to sea during the next high tide.  To remove this and other debris before it joins the ocean, the Surfrider Foundation is partnering with Washington State Parks to coordinate a beach cleanup in Westport on July 6th, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is commemorating its 2013 Centennial Celebration throughout the state. Pease join us in supporting the Commission by volunteering to clean up part of the public lands they manage.  Registrations will begin at 9:00AM at Westhaven State Park. During the cleanup, there will be refreshments and interpretive displays. Volunteer hours worked during the cleanup can be accumulated toward earning an Annual Discover Pass (Requires 24 total hours and volunteers need to sign up before starting the volunteer project). 

Following this event will be a BBQ at Todd Fischer’s Surf-Art Gallery in Westport’s marina district (across the street from the Islander), with food and beverages for volunteers provided by Washington Surfrider Foundation Chapters.
May 29, 2013

Governor Jay Inslee signs legislation to establish the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council under the executive office of the governor

Olympia – Washington State advances a more collaborative approach to deal with pressing issues facing the Pacific coast. On May 21, 2013, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation to create the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) under the executive office of the governor. This council convenes stakeholders and managers to advise the State on issues facing the state?s marine waters and shorelines along the Pacific coast.
“This is a big step toward stronger recognition of coastal community interests,” said Dale Beasley, President of the Columbia River Crab Fishermen’s Association. “Many of us on the coast have been pushing the State to take a stronger role in collaboratively managing our valuable coastal resources. In Pacific and Grays Harbor counties, over 30 percent of all the jobs are dependent on marine resources.”
A broad coalition of coastal stakeholders, co-managers and scientists worked to design the new council and then coastal commercial and recreational fisherman led the charge to formalize the body under the executive office of the governor with support from the Surfrider Foundation, the Nature Conservancy and business interests.
“Washington’s Pacific Coast lags far behind other coastal states and Puget Sound when it comes to collaborative management and conservation of ocean and coastal resources,” said Surfrider Foundation Policy Manager, Jody Kennedy. “When you consider how remarkable and valuable our Pacific coastline is for state residents and coastal communities, protecting coastal marine resources should be a priority for the State,” Kennedy added.
Members on the Council represent ocean and coastal interests for the Pacific coast, including commercial fishing, shellfish growers, conservation, science, ports, recreation and economic development. Each coastal marine resources committee has a seat. Under the new legislation, State agencies also have seats and federal, tribal and local governments are invited to participate.
One of the first issues the WCMAC will tackle is assisting state agencies with Marine Spatial Planning in order to protect existing jobs and healthy coastal ecosystems from new competing demands on ocean resources.
“The signing of Senate Bill 5603 to establish the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council, represents a significant advancement for the representation of coastal communities in the Marine Spatial Planning process and in the planning and regulation of coastal affairs. It provides us a greater degree of access and influence that many people have been striving to achieve for a long time”, said Doug Kess, the Chair of the Washington Marine Advisory Council.
“Right now, funding to support Marine Spatial Planning on Washington’s coast is uncertain as the State Legislature continues to grapple with budget negotiations,” said Paul Dye, the Washington Marine Director for The Nature Conservancy.  “A diverse coalition of coastal stakeholders, including conservationists, shellfish growers and fishermen are advocating hard for Marine Spatial Planning funding and we hope that legislators are listening,” added Paul.
April 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

Coastal Marine Resource Committees to Host Marine Spatial Planning Workshops

The ocean is a tremendously busy place, and as it gets busier, managing the resources and uses of the ocean will become more and more complex.  Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a process of mapping those uses in order to provide planners and decision makers the information they need to make wise decisions when managing resources or considering new uses.

More information about MSP can be found here:
http://surfriderwashingtoncoast.blogspot.com/p/marine-spatial-planning_5.html

This month, coastal Marine Resource Committees (MRCs) will be hosting a series of workshops to educate the public and solicit feedback regarding MSP.  This is a tremendous opportunity for coastal communities to get a better understanding of MSP, and also to meet members of their respective MRCs.

If you have any interest in MSP, or just want to meet your local MRC, please attend one of these workshops, and spread the word to others who may be interested.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Here are the times and locations:

Pacific County

Tuesday, April 9th – 6:00 – 7:30
Willapa Harbor Community Center
916 West First Street, South Bend, WA

Wednesday, April 10th – 6:00 -7:30
Ilwaco Community Building
158 First Avenue North, Ilwaco, WA

Grays Harbor County

Tuesday, April 16th – 5:30 -7:30
Rotary Log Pavilion
1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen, WA

North Coast Counties

Thursday, April 18th – 5:30 – 7:30
Olympic Natural Resource Center
1455 S. Forks Avenue, Forks, WA

Wahkiakum County

Monday, April 22nd – 5:00 – 7:00
Johnson Park
4188 W SR4, Rosburg, WA

March 26, 2013

Talking Crude Workshop March 27th in Elma

March 22, 2013

Ocean Frontiers Film Premier Next Week in Tacoma

Purchase your tickets here: www.bit.ly/OceanFrontiersTacoma
February 6, 2013 | 2 Comments

Trash Bins, Supplies Deployed to Washington Beaches to Address Recent Increase in Marine Debris


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Trash bins, supplies deployed to Washington beaches to address recent increase in marine debris
OLYMPIA – State officials who monitor marine debris on Washington’s ocean beaches say they are seeing an increase in marine debris items this winter such as Styrofoam, plastic bottles and floats, and other portable objects.
While it is unknown whether the latest items arriving on state beaches are related to the March 11, 2011, tsunami that devastated Japan, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a portion of the debris that washed into the Pacific Ocean has been arriving on U.S. and Canadian shores, including Washington.
To help beach visitors keep our shorelines clean, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has deployed trash bins at Ocean Shores, Surfside north of Long Beach, Grayland Beach State Park near Westport and the city of Long Beach’s Bolstad Beach approach.
Ecology is working with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (State Parks) and volunteer groups to assess the need to supply trash bins and litter bags at other beach locations.
The recent increase in debris is coinciding with the next state coastal razor clam season, which starts Thursday Feb. 7.
“While you are out walking on the ocean beach or clam digging, please help us keep our beaches clean. We are encouraging people to pick up and dispose of small, nonhazardous items like Styrofoam and leave the beaches better than they found them,” said Steve Brand, State Parks field operations manager. 
Beachgoers are encouraged to bring their own bags to pick up small, nonhazardous debris. For those who forget, bags may also be available during normal business hours at the following locations:
·         Ocean Shores – Visitors can get bags at the Ocean Shores Police Department, Ocean Shores Visitor Information Center and from State Parks staff. Visitors should place bags with debris at beach approaches for pickup.
·         Long Beach – Beachgoers should call Leanna Reuss, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, at 360-642-4482. Bags may be available at the Bolstad Beach approach near the trash bin set up for marine debris. Place full bags in the bin.
·         Grayland Beach State Park – Stop in at the park office to pick up bags and get instructions. Large groups interested in performing cleanups should call the park office at least two weeks in advance at 360-267-4301 to help coordinate the event and ensure proper registration.
Global Diving & Salvage, a Seattle-based private contractor, has donated 2,000 bags to the state to help with beach cleanup efforts.
People are urged to report larger items to park rangers when on state beaches or to the 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) line. For example, on Feb. 2, a refrigerator with Asian writing and marine growth attached washed ashore at Ocean City State Park in Grays Harbor County. The non-hazardous item was removed from the beach and State Parks is working with state Department of Fish and Wildlife to investigate whether the item harbors any invasive species. Photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecologywa/sets/72157632640429533/.
Ecology has received numerous reports of nonhazardous debris including Styrofoam, plastic bottles and light bulbs as well as six reports of potentially hazardous items including pressured cylinders and containers with oil or unknown materials.
In a typical year, Ecology responds to six to 10 reports of hazardous items on coastal beaches. Across the state, the department handles about 3,800 reports of oil spills and hazardous material releases and conducts about 1,200 field responses annually.
Guidelines for reporting large or hazardous marine debris to the 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) line include:
·         Report oil and hazardous items to the National Response Center and Ecology by pressing “1.” Such materials include drums, fuel tanks and containers, gas cans, gas cylinders, chemical storage totes and spilled oil. 
·         Report large floating debris items that might pose a boating or navigation hazard by pressing “2.”
·         Get instructions for reporting debris that is not large or hazardous by pressing “3” and leaving a message.
With options “1” and “2,” callers will be connected to a person who can dispatch responders and get additional information.
NOAA predicts tsunami debris will show up on state shores during the next several years. However, it is unknown where and what types of debris might arrive. A NOAA map picture with reported and confirmed tsunami debris sightings in Washington as of Jan. 10, 2013, is at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/images/erma_washington.jpg.
NOAA encourages beachgoers and boaters to take photos of marine debris suspected to be from the Japan tsunami. Photos may help identify the location when sent by e-mail to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov along with any additional information you may have. If it seems an item may have sentimental value to the owner, NOAA asks people to move the item to a safe place before sending information.
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Media contact:  
Washington State Marine Debris Task Force Information Officer, 855-827-9904.
For more information:
·         People who want to keep track of new marine debris developments in Washington State can sign up for an information listserv established by the state. To sign up, go to Ecology’s Listserv page and choose “marine/tsunami debris.”
·         Washington Marine Debris web portal: http://marinedebris.wa.gov
February 5, 2013

Crude By Rail

Preliminary planning to export crude oil from the Port of Grays Harbor has begun.  Last week, a public hearing was held in Aberdeen, and after a brief presentation from Gary Nelson, executive director for the Port of Grays Harbor, questions were opened to the public.  Concerned citizens asked about the ability of the rail system to handle the additional burden, the impact to traffic in Aberdeen, noise of operations, what refineries the crude is going to, and, of course, the risk of oil spills in the harbor. The crowd also made it clear to Port officials that they want more public hearings on the topic.

Citizens for a Clean Harbor will be hosting a public meeting to discuss crude by rail at the Hoquiam High School Commons, Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30PM. Please attend if you’re concerned about this! https://www.facebook.com/events/204882579654922/

More information:
http://www.kuow.org/post/northwest-verge-becoming-pacific-crude-oil-gateway
http://kbkw.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5098
http://www.graysharbortalk.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/52340/1.html

February 5, 2013

We’re back!

After an extended hiatus, Surfrider Foundation’s outer coast blog has returned, with a new address and a new look.  Take note of the new blog address: http://surfriderwashingtoncoast.blogspot.com/

This blog is part of the Surfrider Foundation’s efforts to inform public knowledge and engagement of issues that affect ocean health and coastal communities of Washington State’s Pacific coast.

Visit this page for information on Marine Resource Committees, the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council, Marine Spatial Planning, beach cleanups, public hearings, and more!

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