Coos Bay ChapterThe Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
The Coos Bay Chapter is kicking ass for their community and their local ocean, waves, rivers and beaches! Aiming to build on the great success of the Chapter’s amazing founders Annie Pollard and Carmen Matthews, they’ve elected a new dynamic (and perhaps slightly derogatory ) duo. They’ve got some big shoes to fill, but are up to the task! Meet the new Chair, Ian Rodger and new Vice Chair, Todd Buchholz!
This December, the Coos Bay chapter teamed up with Bandon High School and science teacher Trent Hatfield to expand geographic coverage of the their Blue Water Task Force program (BWTF) and launch a Surfrider QUAD Youth Club. The goal behind both of these is to increase youth engagement in the BWTF program and local water quality issues. The program kicked off with a training for students on how to collect, prepare and test water quality samples.
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.