Ocean Articles

South Coast Colleagues Seek a Treasurer

bandon_shoreline2_steve_garrett.jpeg Bandon’s Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA), a group with which CoastWatch collaborates (and has adopted a CoastWatch mile), is seeking a volunteer who shares their conservation commitment to serve as treasurer on their board. Responsibilities include establishing the yearly budget, supervision of...Read more

Rocky Habitat Protection Proposals Now Being Considered

The view from Blacklock Point.\Photo by Alex Derr. The state of Oregon is developing a new Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, the first revision of Oregon’s policy for protecting rocky intertidal and nearshore subtidal ecosystems since 1994. Oregon Shores has been actively engaged in this process for the past three years. We are now in the crucial final phase—...Read more

Public Invited to Help Guide Beach Monitoring Program

short_sand_beach_odfw.jpg The Oregon Health Authority’s Beach Monitoring Program is the public’s means of learning whether the waters washing our beaches is polluted. All too often, the water quality testing provided by this program demonstrates that it is. As the program gears up for the summer, the public is invited to comment on the list of beaches...Read more

Oregon Shores Joins Defense of Endangered Species Act

Western Snowy Plovers at South Beach.\Photo by Molly Sultany. Oregon Shores joined 45 other ocean conservation groups recently in protesting an attempt by the Trump administration to cripple the Endangered Species Act, with new definitions of “habitat” which would severely limited the law’s effectiveness. To see our joint comment,...Read more

State Adopts Plan to Address Ocean Acidification

Oregon's ocean off Netarts, Cape Lookout in the background.\Photo by Dale Harmer. Mandated by the 2017 Oregon Legislature, the state developed a plan to address the growing problem of ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH). The Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH), a body composed of scientists and agency leaders, with...Read more

Orca Awareness Month Declared in Oregon

orca_event_kickoff.png For 13 years, June has been proclaimed Orca Awareness Month by the Governor of Washington — and for the first time in 2016, Orca Awareness Month was celebrated in Oregon and in British Columbia as well! The American Cetacean Society’s Oregon Chapter kicked things off early with an Orca Awareness Day at the Hatfield Marine Science...Read more
Sea Change

Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day

coastal_clean_up_stats SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Ocean trash is a serious pollution issue that affects the health of wildlife, people, and local economies. Trash on our shores and in the water increases the destruction and degradation of wildlife, water quality, and and ecosystems. In partnership with volunteer organizations...Read more
Sea pickles off the coast of Oregon.

Sightings: ‘Sea Pickles’ Wash Ashore in the Pacific Northwest

pyrosomes Mysterious translucent creatures are washing ashore along the western shores of North America. Known as “sea pickles” -- the scientific name is pyrosomes -- these creatures are made up of a colony of individual zooids. A zooid is a tiny multicellular organism that makes up part of a colonial animal, and can develop from another zooid by budding or...Read more
 Leaving Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Ocean Frontiers Films Available for Screening

redfish_rocks_behind_odfw.jpg Oregon Shores recently co-sponsored a screening of Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Planning . This is the latest film from Green Fire Productions, which has been chronicling the development of marine reserves and ocean conservation efforts through a series of documentary works. If your organization would...Read more