- 06 November 2008 | Environment
Will Barack Obama save Trestles?
The environmental group Wildcoast chimed in this morning on the indirect role the next president might play in preventing the highly controversial construction of a toll road through a portion of San Onofre State Beach.
"Surfers everywhere are thrilled that a man who grew up in the global surfing centers of Indonesia and Oahu is to be our next president," Serge Dedina, executive director of Wildcoast, said in a news release. "This victory will have a critical impact on efforts to stop the TCA from placing a private toll road through San Onofre State Beach Park and efforts to preserve the coast worldwide."
- 04 November 2008 | Environment
Surfrider Foundation chapters in Oregon are participating in the state’s marine reserve & marine protected area (MPA) process.
The planning effort is being guided by nearshore action teams, comprised of coastal residents, ocean users, and other interested parties.
On October 1st, the proposal period closed for recommending potential sites for designation in Oregon’s Territorial Sea.
Surfrider members participated in the development of five marine reserve proposals, including nominations off Florence, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, Port Orford, and Pistol River.
The proposed areas incorporate multiple habitat types (e.g., rocky reef, kelp canopy) and are intended to minimize impacts to ocean users.
All proposals received by the state are now subject to several phases of evaluation based on ecological and socioeconomic criteria.
Marine protected areas (MPAs), including fully protected marine reserves, are part of an ecosystem-based approach to management, and have been used around the world to help protect and restore ocean ecosystems.
- 21 October 2008 | Environment
The spot “l’Embarcadere”, located in La Tranche-sur-Mer, almost disappeared. Indeed, in order to help access for sailors, the construction of a breakwater was foreseen and it threatened the spot. This wave is well-known among all surfers of the Atlantic Coast because of its exceptional quality for beginners thanks to the safety it offers.
The Town Hall of La Tranche-sur-Mer had transferred the request of Maupas Plaisance association to the Maritime Equipment Local Direction for the set up of a break wave. The Local Direction gave an unfavorable response to this request.
The combined actions of Surfrider Foundation Europe, Surf Session magazine and Ocean Surf Report allowed to the mobilization of the public opinion through a petition against this project. This conflict opposed sailors and surfers; the interests at stakes were reviewed and the spot was saved!