Coos Bay ChapterThe Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
Check out this great article written by one of our great Port Orford locals, Rachel Moore (http://portorfordlocalnews.com/?p=311). Rachel has worked within the community supporting Surfrider and POORT in thier land sea connections for stewardship planning. Rachel’s work as an observer has opened her up to a great dialogue with fisherman at sea, where the conversations really matter for the local community. Bridging that sea-going dialouge with terrestrial and nearshore stewardship and outreach efforts through the watershed council and our Blue water task force program has been one of Rachel’s recent focal points. Thanks Rachel!
On Aug 13, Surfrider filed a Motion of Intervention with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the proposed wave energy project off the Florence South Jetty. The motion is an administrative action that will secure “party” status for Surfrider in the permitting process. Surfrider is not opposed to wave energy development in Oregon and we recognize the value of renewable energy. However, there are some unique concerns regarding this particular project, including the proposed location and form of technology. In short, the goal of the motion is to position our local membership to have a greater influence in how permitting process moves forward. To read full motion and an article in Register Guard, see comments to this post.
The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) with support from the Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Conservation Council, and Ecotrust is leading an effort to establish a “Community Stewardship Area” on the south coast of Oregon. The goal of the Stewardship Area project is to protect the rich marine ecology of the region while also promoting sustainable fisheries for the local fleet. Development of the Stewardship Area is being facilitated through a local process that involves commercial fishermen and other stakeholders in planning efforts. Parallel to this process, POORT and project partners are working to identify policy space, assemble scientific expertise, and build the necessary support at the state level for such a designation. The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team is a local non-profit that involves commercial fishermen in the science, management, and marketing of its local fishery. Surfrider has been testing water in Port Orford since 2003, and maintains a water quality testing laboratory at Pacific High School in partnership with POORT.
On December 9th, 2006, the fishing vessel Chevelle discarded 283 commercial crab pots at the Chetco River bar mouth (Brookings) during heavy weather. Many of these crab pots drifted shoreward, threatening surf access and littering the beach. For over a month, Surfrider activists on the south coast worked with agency staff and community leaders to get the problem fixed. Campaign efforts also included press releases which generated media coverage of the problem. On April 19, 2007, Oregon State Parks coordinated removal of the pots with support from the vessel owner. Many thanks to Surfrider members in Washington State for helping identify technical expertise and potential funding sources to support removal of this derelict gear.