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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

West Coast Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Network

Surfrider Foundation is collaborating with the NOAA Coastal Services Center and many other partners to advance local approaches to ecosystem-based management (EBM). The West Coast EBM Network is a partnership of six community-based initiatives focused on the successful implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. Priorities of the network include: shared learning between the six projects; identification of “best practices” for community EBM; and building political support for implementation. The Surfrider Foundation has formal involvement in three of the six projects including; Ventura, CA; Port Orford, OR; and San Juan County, WA. We look forward to sharing outcomes from the effort with other Surfrider chapters around the globe. For more information on the network, check out the new website of the network.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Southern California Chapter Conference a success

On May 16, 2009, over 30 core Surfrider Foundation activists from San Diego to Santa Barbara converged in Long Beach for the annual Southern California Chapter Conference, which included a morning trip on the Algalita science vessel and a day-long conference at the Pacific Sailing Yacht Club. What a great day!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Crazy for Caps

Funny to think I got excited over and blogged about 4000 plastic bottle caps a little over a year ago.http://www.surfrider.org/blogger/2008_04_01_archive.asp . But we were definitely on to something.

A group here in NJ, Clean Ocean Action, recognized that and did something about it. They had a contest that involved hundreds of groups, schools, and families in collecting and recycling plastic bottle caps. In all, almost 2.5 million caps were collected and about 200,000 were on display at an event this weekend. Surfrider Foundation, Jersey Shore Chapter contributed 53,000 caps to the cause. And to think, Aveda, the salon/hair care company has hundreds and hundreds of groups collecting caps all around the region because they are otherwise not recycled. The caps will be melted down and recycled into new caps. They are definitely on to something.

This young man took one for the team and wore a penguin suit all day. But his message was one of thanks. Cool.