How well are laws preventing ocean littering?

Not very well.

From the L.A. Times: “It’s long been evident to beachcombers after rainstorms, but now it’s official: Marine debris is getting worse.”

Humboldt Baykeeper dinner

We have room at our table. Wanna go? Email humboldt@surfrider.org or call Jen at 267-8458.

once again, FRIDAY, OCT. 10th

FRIDAY, OCT. 10th!!!

Way back in 1991, Surfrider Foundation won a landmark health victory in Humboldt County, making both the waves and beaches a safer place for the community to enjoy.

We’re fortunate that, unlike most of California’s coastline, we don’t struggle with the constant effects of pollution, but still, we’re hardly safe – and we need to be at the table as discussions about our coastal future take place.

For example: the threat of offshore oil drilling, questions about wave energy, rotting styrofoam dock moorings littering our beaches (thanks, Hugh and Bill for pointing those out)… these are just a few concerns those who care about Humboldt’s beaches, ocean and waves have shared.

So, Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter is coming back.

But before we get too serious, we’re planning to have fun!

Please come out to the Surfrider Shindig at the Wharfinger Building, Friday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. We’ll have beer, wine, snacks and music – and catch up on what’s been happening with Humboldt Surfriders and where we’re going now.

Help needed! Volunteer, join or get info through humboldt@surfrider.org.

California Coastal Commission report card

From Surfrider Executive Director Jim Moriarty’s blog:

Click for full report.

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Our representative, Bonnie Neely, ranked third from bottom. (This was also noted on local political blog The Humboldt Herald.)

Regarding the Fields Landing diesel spill

Eureka Reporter: Tainted eel grass top priority. (Today)

While it’s unknown how much wildlife has been impacted by the weekend diesel spill near the Fields Landing boat ramp, collecting tainted eel grass is the top priority for the U.S. Coast Guard. “I don’t believe there’s any impacted wildlife at this point,” U.S. Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay Marine Safety Detachment Supervisor Thomas Haug said. ‘”The more apparent one is the eel grass collecting around there — it migrates under the boons … because of the tides, it doesn’t stay on the surface.” An estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel was released into Humboldt Bay on Saturday evening after a docked wooden-hull, whaler-type boat sank off the commercial dock adjacent to the Fields Landing boat ramp, Haug said. Of that, about 70 gallons had been recovered as of Monday afternoon, he said…

Times-Standard: Fuel spill clean-up goes on. (Today)

The 100-foot Allen Cody rested on the bottom of Humboldt Bay Monday as crews kept busy trying to contain and clean up the diesel fuel that spilled when it sank two days earlier…

ER: Diesel spill. (Sunday)

Evidence of the spill could be seen in the fuel-laden water around the Fields Landing boat ramp, as well as along the rock jetty near the Gill’s by the Bay restaurant in King Salmon…

Also, don’t miss Surf 4 Peace!

Friday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. You can surf earlier in the day.

But you have to show up at the Wharfinger at 6 p.m. for food, fun, drink and discussion about the future of Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter (let’s just call it “Surfrider Humboldt” for short, shall we?)!

(Last year on this date, we were looking at light south winds and a swell running about 11 at 9.
Plan accordingly.)

~Jennifer Savage

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