Coos Bay ChapterThe Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
Join us at the beautiful South Slough Interpretive Center Auditorium for this month’s chapter meeting from 5:30pm-7:30pm on February 6th. This month’s meeting will feature a special presentation from Community Outreach Director Mary Johnson from Washed Ashore, presentation to begin at 6pm.
Below is an update from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on the latest with the dock and terrible foam debris incident at Lighthouse Beach.
01/29 – OPRD update
“Dock Owner – The owners of the dock have responded and have a 4-5 person crew cutting up the concrete into smaller sizes that will be removed by an inmate crew when they are done. Their crews have also been assisting with the clean-up. Currently it is their responsibility for clean-up.
OPRD – Thus far OPRD has had 9 inmate crews working the beach clean-up. We are working with the dock owner for more crews in the near future to remove the concrete and the foam. Sunset Bay park staff have been assisting with garbage runs between the beach accesses. 160 yards of foam have been removed from the beach. We have emptied within one week three 30 yd, two 25 yd, and one 20 yd dumpsters. Of that, Washed Ashore retrieved a 20′ U-Haul truck worth of new art material.
Additional Docks – Three docks were removed from Winchester Bay and Horsfall that were also a part of this event. Those docks were removed by Mast Brothers and were easily hauled off the beach, but at a substantial financial cost.”
New Years for Coos Bay brought 50-60ft sections of a privately owned dock to Lighthouse Beach presenting homeowners, beach-lovers and natural resource agencies with criminal loads of plastic foam (polystyrene a.k.a “white trash”) within the marine and beach environment and along personal property. While OPRD and volunteers have been desperately working around the clock to remove what they can, the white trash continues to break apart into smaller and smaller fragments, being released into the marine waters and coastline like a ship spewing oil.
Solstice Beach Clean-up!
When: December 21st, 9am to 11am.
Where: The South Jetty Parking Lot (a.k.a. River-of-Nails)
Who: Anyone! This is a great way to celebrate our planet on this the shortest day of the year. Bring the whole family!
Surfrider will be providing bags, gloves, buckets, and magnets. You provide the man power! Also, bring your boards! If the surf is good we can all go for a paddle after the clean-up!
The Last Ocean will be showing at the Hales Center For Performing Arts at Southwestern Oregon Community College on Nov 19 @6:30 PM and introduced by Antarctic researcher Annie Pollard of the Coos Bay Surfrider chapter. There will be a slide show from 6 – 6:30 by Annie Pollard.
The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. A vast, frozen landscape that teems with life – whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence.
Californian ecologist David Ainley has been traveling to the Ross Sea to study this unique ecosystem for more than thirty years. He has written scientific papers describing it as a ‘living laboratory’. Largely untouched by humans, it is one of the last places where the delicate balance of nature prevails. But an international fishing fleet has recently found its way to the Ross Sea. It is targeting Antarctic toothfish, sold as Chilean sea bass in up-market restaurants around the world.
The catch is so lucrative it is known as white gold. Ainley knows that unless fishing is stopped the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever. He rallies his fellow scientists and meets up with a Colorado nature photographer and New Zealand filmmaker who also share a deep passion for this remote corner of the world. Together they form ‘the Last Ocean’ and begin a campaign taking on the commercial fishers and governments in a race to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean from our insatiable appetite for fish.