Rocky Habitat Management News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2022 Territorial Sea Plan Part Three – Rocky Habitat Management Strategy Adopted SALEM – On March 31, 2022, the Land Conservation and Development Commission unanimously adopted Part Three of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP), the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy.  The decision completed a multiple-year effort led by the OceanContinue reading “Rocky Habitat Management News”

The Oregon Coast Rocks!

The Oregon Coast Rocks!  Here’s proof: last week the state Land Conservation and Development Commission approved two designations – Coquille Point Marine Garden near Bandon, and Cape Blanco Marine Research Area near Port Orford – to better manage Oregon’s rocky habitat and involve local communities while seeking to honor Tribal sovereignty. The Commission also approvedContinue reading “The Oregon Coast Rocks!”

Nurdles: The Worst Toxic Waste You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Karen McVeigh; The Guardian (UK); Monday 29 November 2021. Link to original article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/29/nurdles-plastic-pellets-environmental-ocean-spills-toxic-waste-not-classified-hazardous Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous. When the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean inContinue reading “Nurdles: The Worst Toxic Waste You’ve Probably Never Heard Of”

How Warming Affects Arctic Sea Ice, Polar Bears

By Seth Borenstein, Camille Fassett and Kati Perry, Associated Press Majestic, increasingly hungry and at risk of disappearing, the polar bear is dependent on something melting away on our warming planet: sea ice. In the harsh and unforgiving Arctic, where frigid cold is not just a way of life but a necessity, the polar bearContinue reading “How Warming Affects Arctic Sea Ice, Polar Bears”

Against All Odds: The BLOY of Northern Elephant Rock

Author: Teri Spencer, Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) member Photos: Diane Bilderback, SEA member The beaches of the Southern Oregon coast are a wonderland of beautiful and unique sights, sounds and smells. One distinct sound frequently heard along our beaches is the high-pitched, animated call and rapid chatter of the Black Oystercatchers, shorebirds that resideContinue reading “Against All Odds: The BLOY of Northern Elephant Rock”

A Blue Whale’s Tale

In early September, the ocean was as flat as could be, with hardly a breeze.  “Thar she blows!” were the words from the 21 ft boat captain, Kent.  We all heard the blow off in the distance.  Kent, Steve, and Bruce, from Bandon, and Dean from Wyoming, were anchored about three miles west of Bandon, inContinue reading “A Blue Whale’s Tale”

Ocean Solutions to Climate Change and Sustainable Ocean Farming

Patagonia Provisions presents a fascinating video on Regenerative Ocean Farming. This 14-minute video will help viewers see the potential for diversified ocean food cultivation – rather than monoculture – in a whole new light. CLICK on the link below to watch the video from Patagonia Provisions. (Video may take time to load.)

Back to the Sand!

Around the world, it has been a tough one and a half years for everyone due to the COVID pandemic. Our local community has faced its own unique challenges and even SEA struggled with the lack of hands-on interpretation, especially during the spring/summer seasons of 2020 and 2021. We missed sharing our spotting scopes withContinue reading “Back to the Sand!”