Coos Bay ChapterThe Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
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.
Slide Show by Annie Pollard – Nov 19th @ 6:00 PM
The Last Ocean – Starts @ 6:30 PM
Hales Center for Performing Arts on the SWOCC Campus
Admission : Free
Many in Coos Bay have been anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the new 7 Devil’s Brewing Co., and while many expect a proper brew pub to have a beer garden, few anticipated the environmentally responsible Ocean Friendly Beer Garden! Owners Carmen Matthews and wife Annie Pollard have strong roots within Surfrider, and beyond their dedication to crafting beer, they serve on the executive committee of their local SF chapter. When it was time to plan the stormwater management for their business, they thought of their business footprint and how they could both be stewards for clean water and demonstrate an ocean friendly garden.
Over 45 hardy and brave paddlers from stand-up boards to kayaks and outrigger canoes hit the water this past Saturday for the 3rd Annual Stand UP! For the Bay in Coos Bay. The event, hosted by the rapidly growing Coos Bay Chapter of Surfrider Foundation (now #2 in the state in membership behind PDX), was held despite the impending storm, which canceled the SOLVE Statewide Beach Cleanups for the day. This year the Surfrider Chapter partnered with South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve as part of National Estuaries Day, who brought about a host of awesome activities, bolstering this year’s educational opportunities.While the weather held back the larger crowds, the hardy souls of the Coos Bay community put on their best to make this year’s Stand Up! For the Bay probably one of the best events yet, despite the stormy weather. The event helped raise nearly $2,000 for the Coos Bay Chapter’s Blue Water Scholarship Program and ongoing Blue Water Task Force Monitoring.
Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers flank participants for safety in Saturday’s stormy conditions
The luau and educational activities following the paddle event were moved to the Rock Hall, graciously offered up by the crew at Sharkbites Cafe, instead of along the boardwalk as traditionally held. Inside the hall, participants warmed up from the paddle and were fed gracious amounts of BBQ and libations while listening to rad sounds of The Dale Inskeep Band.
The Dale Inskeep Band
South Slough’s awesome educational activities and rad volunteers hosted great learning opportunities just outside the hall for kids and families to learn more about the local estuary and the importance of water quality. Educational Program Leader Tom Gaskill and Public Involvement Coordinator Deborah Rudd helped lead up the “Data Geeks” portion of the paddle, where various “themed” characters from “Mudflatt Matt” to “Eelgrass Annie” towed water quality data loggers as they paddled searching for the darkest, lightest, warmest and coldest parts of the bay. Kids were able to view the graphed data after the paddle to learn more about what affects the bay’s water quality.
Tom Gaskill of South Slough, a.k.a. “Mudflat Matt”, takes to the water
And of course the final showdown of the event was the ever-so-popular Stand Up Paddle Jousting! While the wind created a huge new element in the jousting competition, Mike Schleis retained his title defeating all of his competitors…what’s that guys secret? A few photos of the event can be found here, more to be added to that page soon!
Bay Cleanup volunteer winners!
This event would not be possible without the amazing support of the Coos Bay community, partner organizations and sponsoring businesses. We would like to give a special thanks to South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve staff and volunteers for partnering to make this year so special. Our title sponsors Waxer’s Surf Shop, Shark Bites Cafe and Hobie. Our sponsoring businesses Pepper Pappy’s BBQ, Fisherman’s Seafood Market, Walt’s Pour House, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Green Coast Plumbing and the many others who supported this event!