June 21, 2011

Your ocean: An ongoing environmental disaster

From Time Magazine:

“…while news of the Earth’s impending doom can sometimes seem exaggerated, there’s one environmental disaster that never gets the coverage it really deserves: the state of the oceans. Most people know that wild fisheries are dwindling, and we might know that low-oxygen aquatic dead zones are blooming around the planet’s most crowded coasts. But the oceans appear to be undergoing fundamental changes — many of them for the worse — that we can barely understand, in part because we barely understand that vast blue territory that covers 70% of the globe.”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2078840,00.html#ixzz1PvIiyNtd

October 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

ACTION ALERT: Attend a Rally Tomorrow! Contact officials! Help stop the U.S. Navy’s attempt to expand the NorthWest Training Range Complex

Join concerned citizens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27th at the Eureka Courthouse from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to protest the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC).

U.S. Navy Experimental Warfare Testing Programs were initiated in 2008, and will continue in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years.

The NWTRC proposal will extend the range down the Northern California coastline into Mendocino County. The U.S. Navy will be using live ordinance, long range sonar and has permission to incidentally kill marine life. It will affect all of us living on the coast as well as endangered species that live in our coastal region.For more information, check out Agriculture Defense Coalition. You can also read the Navy’s Northwest Training Complex Environmental Impact Statement.

The deadline to act is October 31st!. Contact your representatives to request public comment with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Tell them we want a 60-day extension on public comment and a U.S. Congressional Hearing on the matter.

Call the Whitehouse at 202-456-1111, fax your letter to 202-456-2461, or email the President.

Congressman Mike Thompson can be reached at 202-225-3311 or fax your letter to 707-269-9598.


September 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

A Seagull’s Dream

Arcata Elementary School students celebrated World Oceans Day in 2010 by constructing an art project to symbolize the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, otherwise known as the North Pacific Gyre. This film documents their project and the celebration, and was shown at September’s Ocean Night at the Arcata Theater Lounge.


August 12, 2010

This week in ocean news

BP Oil Spill

Thad Allen preparing to leave oil spill response post

Mobile Press-Register, August 11


Attention turns from BP well to coastal restoration

Houston Chronicle, August 12


BP cleanup efforts missed thousands of tar balls, USF researchers say

St Petersburg Times, August 7


Gulf leaders wary over wavering on final plug

AP, August 12


Along a wary coast, wildlife remains the face of recovery

E&E News, August 11


Transocean charts the depths, heights and ironies of drilling

E&E News, August 11


The Gulf spill: America’s worst environmental disaster?

CNN, August 10


In La., signs of regrowth seen in oiled marshes

Business Week, August 12


Other News

The line on linesiders

ESPN, August 11


Fisherman versus Fisherman: Reopen or roll over snapper?

Destin Log, August 11


Massive ice island will probably break up, but it could still be a threat

Canadian Press, August 11


July 12, 2010

Ocean news clips

From the Baltimore Sun

Orphaned animals struggle in oil disaster (Baltimore Sun)

The smallest victims are the biggest challenge for crews rescuing birds fouled with oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Oil disaster not sparking change (WaPo)

Traditionally, American environmentalism wins its biggest victories after some important piece of American environment is poisoned, exterminated or set on fire. An oil spill and a burning river in 1969 led to new anti-pollution laws in the 1970s. The Exxon Valdez disaster helped create an Earth Day revival in 1990 and sparked a landmark clean-air law. But this year, the worst oil spill in U.S. history — and, before that, the worst coal-mining disaster in 40 years — haven’t put the same kind of drive into the debate over climate change and fossil-fuel energy.

Wild fish, farmed fish (NPR)

He says people need to understand that every time they eat a fish that wasn’t farmed, they are eating a wild animal, and the problem with wild fishing is that it isn’t sustainable on a large, commercial scale. And things are only getting worse. A study by the World Health Organization found that the world has doubled its per capita fish consumption over the past 50 years and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we now harvest about 90 million tons of wild fish and shellfish from the ocean every year.

Sharks eating sharks (Discovery)

One of the most extensive studies on the diets of deepwater sharks reveals these toothy animals may eat everything from discards tossed off commercial fishing vessels to other sharks.

May 16, 2010

Ocean news: Shark riding, whale killing, environmental oversight (or lack of), endless oil

From the Honolulu Advertiser, a wild shark tale (no surfers injured in this one, although a board sustained serious damage).

While on the shark’s back, he decided it would probably be a good idea to detach himself from the board, which was still in the shark’s mouth, he said.

L.A. Times evaluates the IWC’s plan to allow commercial whaling.

It says in essence that all a nation has to do to escape the commission’s official disapproval is refuse to cooperate long and hard enough.

NPR reports Gulf oil spill much worse than previously disclosed (with audio/video).

The amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico may be at least 10 times the size of official estimates, according to an exclusive analysis conducted for N

From the Washington Post, news that the Mineral Management Services agency reform is in the works per Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

He planned to split the section that ensures energy companies comply with federal safety and environmental laws from the part that reaps billions in drilling royalties each year. [emphasis ours]

They’re doing their part to look environmental, but they need you to meet them halfway and believe they’re environmental.


April 29, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill – Wildlife at Risk

From the NYT (click link for larger version of graphic):

September 26, 2009 | 1 Comment

Humboldt Bay’s guiding forces – candidate forum

November, 2006, Samoa Beach

November, 2006, Samoa Beach (photo by Terrence McNally/Arcata Eye)

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Candidates Forum

Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, Bayside

The Humboldt Bay Stewards will host a candidates’ forum for the upcoming November election of Bay District Commissioners.

This is an opportunity for the public to meet the 3rd and 4th districts Commissioner Candidates and listen to them discuss the issues and their positions. The League of Women Voters will conduct the forum.  All candidates will have the opportunity to answer each of the questions submitted from the audience.

Topics of particular interest to Surfrider members: Marina dredging, port development, water quality… others? Add in the comments.

March 19, 2009

From the Ukiah Daily Journal:

The public comment period for a U.S. Navy testing program in the Pacific Ocean has been extended to April 13 to allow for additional input. Because of the continued public interest, the Navy extended the period for comments on the Northwest Training Complex Draft Environmental Impact Statement one month beyond March 11. Because the period would end on a weekend, the public comment period is extended through April 13.

The DEIS examines the potential environmental effects of the Navy’s proposal for expanding ocean and land-based operations by conducting underwater demolitions, electronic communications and testing explosives and surveillance systems.

The extension came to light last week after residents in potentially affected areas wrote letters and spoke to Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa Valley) about their concerns. In a statement released Tuesday from Washington D.C., Thompson said, “I’m pleased that after I met with the Navy, they agreed to extend the public comment period and allow everyone more time to weigh in. The Navy will come to Mendocino and hold a public meeting to hear concerns and answer questions from the community. I’ve asked the Navy and fishing organizations to look more closely at the impact this proposal will have on ocean wildlife and fishing families.”

More here.