Bag Monster Rally at Ghiradelli Square, Aug 12

From our friends at Chico Bags:

August 12th is closer than we think and we still need volunteers to help us pull off the largest Bag Monster event in history and draw state-wide attention to AB 1998.  Will you help us by reaching out to your members and letting them know about this amazing opportunity to let the state know our support to ban plastic bags in California!?

Ghirardelli Square is graciously providing a space for us to get dressed, gather and march in 100 full Bag Monster costumes! We’ve got the costumes, now we need the volunteers!

How you can help?
Rally up all your friends, community and family to join us on August 12, 2010. Contact Becca Schwalm at Continue reading

From Craigslist – Wetsuits stolen!

Two wetsuits were stolen out of my boyfriends truck on July 23rd from the Nickel Creek walk-in campsite in the redwood forest area–just south of Crescent City. One is a women’s Ripcurl size 10 wetsuit with the zipper in the back. The chest has dark green on both sides of it, and a hot pink Ripcurl emblem in the middle. The rest of the wetsuit is black, the interior is red and blue. The thickness of the suit is 5.4 and has a removable interior collar. The second wetsuit is a man’s Quicksilver size med-tall. The emblem is gold on the chest and looks intentionally worn–there is also a zipper in the back. Please contact me if you encounter these wetsuits.

The Absynth Quintet (finally) plays for Humboldt Surfrider

Who's excited to play Ocean Night?

Those banjo players are quick, but the stand-up bass and Tofu’s drum kit weighed down the Absynth Quintet boys just long enough for us to catch up to them, grab’em by an ear and say, “Play for us, darn you!” Knowing what was good for them, they put on their smilingest faces and promised to show up at Arcata Theatre Lounge for our August 5 Ocean Night. Now that we’ve corralled them, please make it worth everyone’s while by coming out to support great music and important causes.

As always, Ocean Night is sponsored by Humboldt Surfrider, Humboldt Baykeeper and Ocean Conservancy. It’s all ages and we’re asking a $3-$10 donation – a bit more than usual, but it’s an extra-special and slightly more expensive night – clearly, a total bargain! (Also seeking business sponsorships – email

Films for the Thursday, Aug. 5 event are:

Can you break the habit?

Bag It – Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Shelter, from the Moonshine Conspiracy:

We’re also featuring a video from Team Marine and some cool underwater freediving footage from locals Andrew Weltz and Kirby Morejohn.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams pledges ban on plastic grocery bags

Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 8:13 PM
Janie Har, The Oregonian Follow

Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian
From left to right in Portland City Council chambers are: Charlie Plybon, Ryan Cruse, Gregg Hayward, Matt Spencer. Each “bag monster” sports 500 bags, about the number an average American goes through in one year.

Facing five “bag monsters” and a sea of “ban the bag” T-shirts, Portland Mayor Sam Adams pledged Wednesday to eliminate ubiquitous slippery plastic bags from the city.

He declined to say when a prohibition on plastic grocery bags might start, but promised details in a draft ordinance to be released Friday.

Adams has talked for years about ridding the city of disposable shopping bags, but put it off, citing a down economy. His announcement Wednesday comes as state legislators in Salem say they have a deal with grocers for a statewide ban in 2011 that would take effect in 2012.

“We all know that single-use shopping bags are used for just a few minutes, but the negative impact on the environment lasts forever,” Adams said at a boisterous noon rally outside City Hall sponsored by Environment Oregon and the Portland chapter of Surfrider Foundation. Continue reading

Ocean news clips

From the Baltimore Sun

Orphaned animals struggle in oil disaster (Baltimore Sun)

The smallest victims are the biggest challenge for crews rescuing birds fouled with oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Oil disaster not sparking change (WaPo)

Traditionally, American environmentalism wins its biggest victories after some important piece of American environment is poisoned, exterminated or set on fire. An oil spill and a burning river in 1969 led to new anti-pollution laws in the 1970s. The Exxon Valdez disaster helped create an Earth Day revival in 1990 and sparked a landmark clean-air law. But this year, the worst oil spill in U.S. history — and, before that, the worst coal-mining disaster in 40 years — haven’t put the same kind of drive into the debate over climate change and fossil-fuel energy.

Wild fish, farmed fish (NPR)

He says people need to understand that every time they eat a fish that wasn’t farmed, they are eating a wild animal, and the problem with wild fishing is that it isn’t sustainable on a large, commercial scale. And things are only getting worse. A study by the World Health Organization found that the world has doubled its per capita fish consumption over the past 50 years and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we now harvest about 90 million tons of wild fish and shellfish from the ocean every year.

Sharks eating sharks (Discovery)

One of the most extensive studies on the diets of deepwater sharks reveals these toothy animals may eat everything from discards tossed off commercial fishing vessels to other sharks.

Saturday volunteer options: Summerfest, beach clean-up

Join Humboldt Surfrider for a beach clean-up at Bay Street this Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to noon!

Bring gloves if you have’em!

Questions? Email Adrien at

Help Surfrider this Saturday at Mad River Summerfest! Tabling volunteers, plus set-up and take-down help needed! Mad River Summerfest is a fun event out West End Road toward Blue Lake.

Contact Debbie Topping at

Read about Mad River Summerfest here.

One more reminder – meeting tonight! (FREE BEER)

RAP 6 p.m.

General 7 p.m.

Plaza Grill View Room, Jacoby’s Storehouse, Arcata. Remember, first two pitchers are on us!