Today’s the day: Help Ban the Bag!

This afternoon is the Vote on California Plastic Ban AB 1998!

You can still help!!

Call Senator Steinberg (916) 651-4006 and (916) 651-1529 and thank him for being a leader that will support AB 1998!
Best chance is to call before noon


Ocean Night, this Thursday, Sept. 2

Come out to our monthly Ocean Night Film Screening at Arcata Theatre Lounge! This Thursday, Sept. 2, we feature September Sessions, A Sheltered Sea – The Journey of The Marine Life Protection Act and The Seagull’s Dream, an Arcata Elementary School documentary about the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Co-sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Baykeeper and the Northcoast Environmental Center.

Doors at 6:30 p.m., movies at 7 p.m. All ages! Free to members, otherwise donation of $3 requested.

More on the movies…

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Call and Email NOW to Ban the Bag!

Check this new PSA from the South OC chapter in support of the BAN THE BAG campaign…

California stands ready this week to pass a law –AB 1998–that would ban the distribution of wasteful single-use plastic bags.

Click here to send a message in support of the ban to your State Senator.

Here in Humboldt we can still put pressure on our Senator Pat Wiggins-(445-6508) and the Pres Pro Tem Steinberg-(916-651-4006)

Then please call any/all on the below list and URGE them we want to ban single-use plastic bags. Share them with your friends and family!!

1. Gloria Romero (Azuza, Baldwin Park, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Irwindale, La Puente, LA, Monterey Park, Rosemead, West Covina)

2. Lois Wolk (Davis, Fairfield, Manteca, Stockton, Tracy, Vacaville, West Sacramento)

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Ocean news, 8-24-10

Oil Spill News

BP oil spill disaster could end up working in favor of coastal restoration

New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 22, 2010

Samantha Joye

Defender of the deep: The oil’s not gone

CNN, August 24

BP must pay to restore nation’s confidence in Louisiana’s seafood: An editorial

New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 23, 2010

The oil that lies beneath: An editorial

New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 23, 2010

For Gulf tourism, problem is perception, not oil

New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 23, 2010

First catch from the Gulf: Is the seafood safe?

USA Today, August 24

Other News

Oil from the Arctic: a price worth paying?

CityWire UK, August

Things are looking scup

NY Post, August 22

Google Earth Adds Ocean Exploration to Android App, August 24

Surfers overlooked in Marine and Coastal Policy: Call for a Federal ‘Minister for Coasts’

Surfers, the largest user contact group of the marine environment in Australia, have been continuously disregarded by government policy makers. Considered to be at the frontline of the coasts, more so than recreational fishers and divers, the opinions of millions of surfers across thousands of beaches in Australia, were being undervalued – and in WA Marine Park policy in particular, concerns go largely ignored.

“It’s a great shame and a slight to the very culture which has come to symbolize so much of our national identity”, said one of Australia’s leading coastal advocates.

Brad Farmer, founder of the Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Care Day and National Surfing Reserves made the comments in Perth today.

“Just this week, we see the Mr Abbott weakening Marine Parks, while in WA, surfers are simply not consulted by DEC when it comes to coasts and marine issues.
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The Majestic Plastic Bag

Thanks to Pete!

This week in ocean news

BP Oil Spill

Thad Allen preparing to leave oil spill response post

Mobile Press-Register, August 11

Attention turns from BP well to coastal restoration

Houston Chronicle, August 12

BP cleanup efforts missed thousands of tar balls, USF researchers say

St Petersburg Times, August 7

Gulf leaders wary over wavering on final plug

AP, August 12

Along a wary coast, wildlife remains the face of recovery

E&E News, August 11

Transocean charts the depths, heights and ironies of drilling

E&E News, August 11

The Gulf spill: America’s worst environmental disaster?

CNN, August 10

In La., signs of regrowth seen in oiled marshes

Business Week, August 12

Other News

The line on linesiders

ESPN, August 11

Fisherman versus Fisherman: Reopen or roll over snapper?

Destin Log, August 11

Massive ice island will probably break up, but it could still be a threat

Canadian Press, August 11