A monthly newsletter of ocean science, marine conservation and climate news.

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Welcome to the Coast Range Association’s (CRA) second new monthly newsletter,  Ocean News . We are excited to share important climate & ocean news impacting the lives of Oregon’s Coastal residents. This newsletter will have three main features: a focus on news from Oregon’s nearshore marine reserves and research program, news about a warming climate’s impact on coastal Oregon, and a listing of upcoming coastal events.
We are sending this first issue of Ocean News to everyone on the CRA’s main contact list – THIS ONE TIME . To receive future issues of Ocean News you must sign-up at the CRA website here:  https://coastrange.org/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/ . If you are interested in only receiving CRA forest related news then take no action. 
We thank the Lazar Foundation for helping fund Ocean News. We also acknowledge all our marine & coastal partners who work hard conserving Oregon’s coastal beauty and resources: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Cape Falcon, Red Fish Rocks Community Team, The Nature Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation, Portland Audubon, Cape Perpetua Collaborative, and many other valuable partners. This newsletter will help amplify their voices and great work.
As a final note, Jim Carlson is the CRA’s coastal field staff person. Jim has worked closely on coastal issues for years. His work supports the network of organizations supporting the nearshore marine reserve system. Jim can be reached at jim.netarts@gmail.com.

Oregon Marine Reserve News
  • Updates from the Field from ODFW Oregon Marine Reserves – ODFW, 06.05.19
    • With field season in full swing, it’s been a busy month of hook and line, longline, and SCUBA surveys, along with oceanography and juvenile fish research (photo from ODFW). Read More
  • Eyes in the Sky: Aerial Enforcement of Marine Reserves – ODFW, 06.05.19
    • A small, white, single engine plane bumped down the runway, gaining speed as it became airborne. It soared high above the coast as an Oregon State Police Trooper peered through binoculars at the ocean’s surface 2000 feet below. Learn more about aerial patrols of Oregon’s marine reserves. Read More
  • Redfish Rocks Ranger Recruitment – Redfish Rocks Community Team
    • Redfish Rocks Community Team is looking for volunteers for their Redfish Rangers program, as well as anyone who is interested in participating in citizen science projects!
    • June-September, Redfish Rangers typically work in 4 hours shifts on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Meet other volunteers and members of your community with similar through monthly meals and citizen science opportunities! Volunteers will be provided a training on the cultural, ecological, and physical aspects of the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. 
    • Interested? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Maya at 541-332-9999 or maya@redfishrocks.org for more information.
  • When Waters Collide – ODFW, 05.08.19
    • The Pacific changes color depending on its mood. Sometimes it’s clear and blue, then it changes to murky green or brown. And sometimes, there’s long colored bands in the water, like those seen the last couple of weeks off the central Oregon Coast. Read More

Ocean Issues News
Ocean warming, sea level rise, acidification and other news
  • Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH) release Draft Action Plan
    • The Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH) is pleased to announce the release of Oregon’s DRAFT Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Action Plan. This OAH Action Plan was developed in recognition of the OAH impacts that we see today, in the hopes of minimizing the impacts for tomorrow, and altering the trajectory of ocean changes for future generations.
  • West Coast Rockfish Rebound Faster Than Expected – By OPB, 06.10.19
    • Thirty miles off the coast of Newport, Oregon, Mikey Retherford Jr. is watching rockfish in the ocean below him on a screen in the wheelhouse of the Winona J fishing trawler. “See that right there?” he says, pointing at a yellow blob on the screen. “Boom! We don’t want to miss that. That’s there is widow rockfish. That’s what we’re targeting right there. That’s a very large school of fish.” Read More
  • Sea Level Rise Can No Longer Be Stopped, What Next? – with John Englander
    • Watch this powerful Video on sea level rise from renowned oceanographer, John Englander.
    • John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allows him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its revolutionary impacts.
  • Tourism leaders look at impacts on natural resources – By Katie Frankowicz, The Astorian – 05.27.19
    • Staff with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program know one side of Cannon Beach’s popular landmark is not like the other. The tide pools that are open for the public to walk near and poke their fingers into have a wealth of creatures, but even more life abounds in the areas closed off to people, said Alan Quimby, an environmental interpreter for the outreach and educational organization, during a busy April morning at low tide. Read More
  • Emergency bill relating to warming ocean waters considered – by Jane Stebbins, Curry Coastal Pilot – 04.19.19
    • Summer, winter, spring, fall, fire, drought, hypoxia seasons — Oregon has it all. According to researchers at Oregon State University, ocean waters have in the past two decades experienced a steady decline in oxygen many researchers and those in the fishing industry believe might adversely affect Dungeness crabs and other shellfish. To that end, a bill cosponsored by State Rep. David Brock Smith, D-Port Orford, hopes to declare an emergency to appropriate money to study the increasing effects of acidification and hypoxia — a lack of oxygen — in the ocean and the ramifications to sea life. Read More
  • Sea Level Rise Will Make Oregon’s Existing Flooding Problems Worse – by Kristy Dahl, Senior Climate Scientist – 01.31.19
    • In 2013 Annie Pollard opened her pub, the 7 Devils Brewing Co., in Coos Bay, Oregon. Less than two years later, the pub flooded during a heavy rain that coincided with a high tide, and Pollard found herself stacking sandbags and mopping up floodwaters. While high tide flooding is relatively infrequent in Coos Bay, when it does occur, businesses like Pollard’s are at risk, and inundated roads cause traffic in town to snarl. Pollard and other business owners are acutely aware that such floods could become a much bigger problem for Coos Bay in the future. Read More

Upcoming Events & Activities from our Partners

  • Neahkahnie Beach Walk & BioBlitz
    • Saturday, July 6, 2019
    • 9 am – 12pm
    • Join Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve for a Beach Walk & BioBlitz just north of Manzanita to catalog the life of the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve tidepools and learn about the value of interconnected conservation corridors spanning mountain peaks to coastal waters. This Explore Nature Tillamook Coast event is co-hosted by the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, and Lower Nehalem Watershed Council.
    • *Registration Required* – Please go to our Eventbrite page to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neahkahnie-beach-walk-bioblitz-tickets-62282830623
  • Redfish Rocks on the Dock
    • Saturday, July 20, 2019
    • 10am – 2pm
    • This year’s Redfish Rocks on the Dock will use a 3-stop format: Visitors Center, OSU Field Station, and RV lot on 5th and Dock Rd.
    • This free event is open to the public featuring our fishing industry and the relationship with the marine reserve. Connect with ocean partners. Live music and hands-on activities for all ages. Kayak tours at 8am.
  • Cape Falcon Whale Hike
    • Saturday, July 20, 2019
    • 9 am – 12pm
    • Join Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and the American Cetacean Society for a hike along the Cape Falcon Trail in Oswald West State Park, located between Manzanita and Cannon Beach. Enjoy stunning views of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve while learning about the Oregon Coast Gray Whale migration and the importance of marine reserves to healthy marine mammal populations.
    • *Registration Required* – Please go to our Eventbrite page to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cape-falcon-whale-hike-tickets-62288023154
  • 8th Annual Oregon Coastal Caucus – Economic Summit
    • Wednesday and Thursday, August 21-22, Three Rivers Casino Resort, Florence, Oregon
    • Infrastructure Investments: A Collaborative Approach
    • In partnership with Coos Lower Umpqua Siuslaw Indian Tribes| Three Rivers Casino and Resort | City of Florence
    • Register – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3NBFDHB

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you for taking the time to read our new monthly newsletter Ocean News . Please consider making a financial donation to the Coast Range Association’s work to recruit and organize supporters and develop civic conservation leaders as ocean conservation voices.
Your donation will support CRA’s work to broaden the marine conservation message to include climate change impacts, ocean management, and the land-sea connection. CRA recently hired a new communications staff member to expand our capacity. Your donation will also support our work to build a strategy to increase coastal citizen involvement and the awareness of ocean issues.