Concrete blocks still littering shoreline

These need removing. This one's at Bunkers.

These need removing. This one's at Bunkers.

The Humboldt Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation seeks your help.

Why are these blocks a problem? They’re concrete on the outside, but styrofoam and fiberglass on the inside. When they break down, the foam and glass spreads across the beach and into the water. This is an obvious hazard to wildlife and the environment in general.

Where are the blocks located? Reports of sightings include Stone Lagoon, Mad River Beach, Manila Beach, Bunkers and the South Jetty. We’re keeping notes on the Surfrider Humboldt blog and in the process of establishing GPS coordinates for all the blocks we can. Unfortunately, with high tides and large swells, the blocks are prone to movement or burial – some have even been sighted floating through the Harbor Entrance!

Who is responsible? At this point, no organization, governmental or private, has been willing to take responsibility. Because the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District’s jurisdiction includes “all tide, submerged and other lands,” we’ve sought help from them. Bay District staff did order the removal of four blocks around the North Jetty several months ago, but has been unresponsive since, despite repeated emails and phone calls.

What can you do? Express your concerns to your Bay District Commissioner and County Supervisors.
Div. 1 – Ronnie Pelligrini
Div. 2 – Roy Curless
Div. 3 – Mike Wilson
Div. 4 – Dennis Hunter
Div. 5 – Pat Higgins

Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation & Conservation District
P.O. Box 1030, Eureka CA 95502-1030
601 Startare Drive, Eureka, CA 95502
Tel: (707) 443-0801

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors:
District 1 – Jimmy Smith
District 2 – Clif Clendenen
District 3 – Mark Lovelace
District 4 – Bonnie Neely
District 5 – Jill Duffy

Report your sightings (photos especially appreciated) in detail to

Humboldt Surfrider Treasurer Bill Hoopes will speak to the issue during public comment at the Bay District’s meeting, Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Any questions? Email us at or call Humboldt Chapter Chair Jennifer Savage at 267-8458. Let’s get these blocks off our beaches!


5 Responses

  1. Jen-
    can you share with us what you saw from a helicopter.
    also, what were the results of the Coast Guard inventory?

    • Bill, I spoke with the CG yesterday – one of the pilots is doing an informal inventory and has noted the location of about 10 of the blocks. He will compile and email a list at some point, but has more pressing issues at the moment. However, Kalei spent yesterday working her way down the coast with a GPS – props to her – so we’ll have that for tonight.

  2. Jen,

    Thanks for keeping up on this. I will bring it up again at our next meeting (Thursday night) and let you know what I learn.


  3. Looks like Bill is on it. I look forward to seeing him a the meeting.

  4. Jen-
    there’s been some recent dock block activity. on April 28th i saw three blocks corralled near the Samoa Beach parking area (Power Poles), apparently staged for re-location.

    can you post the GPS coordinates of the blocks, or make a groovy map like Mike D’s buoy map so the rest of us know where and how many blocks are out there?


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