Hands Across the Sand, June 25 – this Saturday!

Moonstone Beach
Westhaven, CA
Meredith Wagy
From the South, take US 101 N to the Westhaven exit. Turn left toward the beach then a left at the stop sign. Follow the sign, making a right down the hill toward Moonstone Beach.

Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations and the borders of the world. This movement is not about politics — it is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries.  The accidents that continue to happen in offshore oil drilling are a threat to all of the above.  Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing Clean Energy is. More here.


America moving on from oil spill?

Coast abandoned?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — About 800 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Dave Edmonds is struggling to remind people about the BP oil spill.

There aren’t many magazine covers with photos of oil-drenched birds now that BP has capped its massive gusher at the bottom of the sea. People aren’t looking online for information about the historic spill like they were a few weeks ago.

So Edmonds, who lives on the Delaware coast, has started a nonprofit organization to keep the disaster on people’s minds with a website and social networking campaign.

“Awareness has dropped. People don’t really care about the people who were affected. They don’t care about the fish life,” said Edmonds, founder of Taking Back the Gulf.

More here.

You can donate directly to Surfrider’s Emerald Coast chapter to assist in their water testing efforts here.

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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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.

BP oil covers whales, dolphins

An obviously very disturbing video documenting more of BP’s victims.

Animal victims to date.

Hands Across The Sand

Thanks to Bob Doran for the fabulous photos and video!

Click here for more photos of the event.

Hands Across The Sand

Stand up to oppose offshore oil drilling and support clean energy!

This Saturday June 26th, Baykeeper, Surfrider, the Northcoast Environmental Center and more will be gathering together on Moonstone Beach in Westhaven at 11 a.m. as part of ”Hands Across the Sand” – an international message to electeds to show our support for clean energy and our opposition to offshore oil drilling!

For more information about the event, check out Hands Across The Sand online.

Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting all of the above from the devastating effects of oil drilling.

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