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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.
On Jan 29, Pacific High School students presented their Blue Water Task Force program to 60 + audience members at an Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) reception in Port Orford. The event was sponsored by the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) and was attended by OPAC members, elected officials, agency staff, and community leaders. The presentation described how student water quality monitoring at Pacific High School is linked to the local fishing fleet’s ocean management efforts. With establishment of a lab at PHS, sampling in Port Orford has recently increased from 3 testing locations to 6, including 2-3 freshwater sites. The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) has engaged as formal partners in this effort, and data collected is integrated into the community nearshore monitoring program. Special thanks to Michael Smith (PHS) Kristy Watson (PHS) and Leesa Cobb (POORT).