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Photo of two orca whales off the coast of Oregon.

World Oceans Day is June 8th

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. There are multiple reasons why the oceans are important: They provide us food...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
Shoreline at Otter Rock. Photo by Kirt Edblom.

Speak Out Now on Offshore Research Priorities

otter_rock-_shoreline_kirt_edblom2.jpg Given the predilections of the incoming administration, the possibility of a federal push to allow oil and gas leases or mining permits in federal waters off Oregon’s shore looms larger than it has for a generation. That makes the current public comment period for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (...Read more
Photo of kayakers at Haystack Rock by Sonja Peterson.

Last Chance to Contribute to a Survey on Coastal Values

kayaks_haystack_sonja_peterson2.jpg What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know...Read more
Mussels harbor countless other species and are a key component of intertidal diversity.  Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Fall Seminar Series in Charleston Open to Public

mussels_sara_schreiber.jpg The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) offers a seminar series each fall. The talks take place on Fridays at 4 p.m. in the Boathouse auditorium. These are serious scientific lectures, not casual presentations for interested laypeople. Those interested into delving into the perspectives of professional biologists...Read more
Photo of Otter Rock from shore.  Marine reserves are closer than you think!  Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

Watchers Can Help Monitor and Protect Marine Reserves

otter_rock_from_shore_cathy_tronquet.jpg The boundaries of Oregon’s new system of five marine reserves are largely being honored, but there is a need for citizen observers to help keep things that way. That was the chief message delivered by Sergeant Todd Thompson of the Oregon State Police’s marine fisheries unit at a public information...Read more
Coos Bay entrance--invasive organisms in ballast water keep out!  Photo by Alex Derr.

State Will Take Public’s Views about Ballast on Board

coos_bay_entrance_by_alex_derr.jpg Oregon Shores played an active role in advocating for the state’s original regulation of ballast water back in the ‘90s, so we feel a certain proprietary interest in how these protections are administered. Water drawn on board to serve as ballast on one side of the ocean and dumped on the other side can harbor...Read more
Nearshore Ocean Strategy addresses undersea habitats.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Revised Oregon Conservation Strategy for Nearshore Ocean Released

marine_undersea_habitat_odfw.jpg Oregon has adopted its new version of the Oregon Conservation Strategy , the first update of the policy framework for managing fish and wildlife resources since 2006. The new document was unveiled at the Sept. 2 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife...Read more
Polluted water from outfall crossing Nye Beach.  Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

Advisories Lifted, but Summer Alerts Revealed Beach Water Problems

nye_beach_outflow_cathy_tronquet.jpg The Oregon Health Authority has continued to issue new health advisories throughout the summer. The last major alerts were announced in August, for the Newport and Neskowin areas; the advisories for ocean waters touching the shore in these areas have now been lifted. However, the freshwater sources that are...Read more