by Karisa Boyce
The National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018 launched last Saturday in Long Beach, Washington! Despite an official high wind advisory urging people to stay off the beach, hardcore volunteers faced the rough weather to do what they love most for our beaches and one world ocean! After travelling over four hours from Seattle, Ocean Blue beach stewards were not willing to admit defeat to the weather. With their backs facing up to 50 mph wind gusts, they managed to pull in 113 pounds of beach rubbish! The rubbish found on Long Beach was mainly crab pod rope and other land based debris left by others visiting the beach.
Being founded on Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon (located about 150 miles south of Long Beach), Ocean Blue stewards have grown accustomed to picking up endless amounts of tiny plastic pieces. These microplastics can often be found laced throughout seaweed and other organic matter where high tide leaves its mark along meandering lines in the sand.
Rubbish found on Long Beach tells a different story, which is largely attributed to ocean currents. The majority of the 113 pounds found on Long Beach was land-based trash and rope sourced from fishing vessels.
During our time in Long Beach, locals complained of pollution left on the beach during 4th of July celebrations. Popping off fireworks for this annual celebration is a popular activity and folks really go all out for the special occasion! Since vehicles can drive along beaches on the Long Beach Peninsula, people bring couches, snacks, beverages, and of course, fireworks. A lot of these items, even couches, get left on the beach for the ocean tide to wash away. Fortunately, locals launch an annual cleanup and report removing 20,000 pounds of rubbish in one weekend following Independence Day!
Tiffany Turner, owner of Adrift Hotel + Spa, grew up locally. With her father being a fisherman and her family being organic cranberry farmers, a deep respect for the environment has been instilled in her. Tiffany hopes to leave this earth a better place for future generations and now jumps on every opportunity she can to give back to the community. Deciding to sponsor Ocean Blue’s cleanup event isn’t the only action she and her employees have taken to be quality stewards. They have already adopted a section of Long Beach and have committed to bringing employee volunteers from their sister hotel - Ashore Hotel - to the Ocean Blue cleanup on April 14th located in Seaside, Oregon for this year’s initiative!
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4.14.2018 - Seaside Beach Seaside, Oregon
4.15.2018 - Tolovana Beach Cannon Beach, OR
4.18.2018 - The Coho Oceanfront Lodge Lincoln City, OR
4.21.2018 - Nehalem Beach Annual Coast Cleanup Day Manzanita, OR
4.22.2018 - Beverly Beach, Newport, OR
4.28.2018 - Bob Straub State Park Pacific City, OR
4.29.2018 - Neskowin State Park Neskowin, OR
5.05.2018 - Roads End State Recreation Lincoln City, OR
5.06.2018 - Gleneden Beach Lincoln City, OR
6.08.2018 - Nye Beach - World Ocean Day Beach Cleanup Newport, OR
6.09.2018 - Nye Beach - Oregon Ocean Day Newport, OR
By Karisa Boyce
Free Fishing on The Oregon Coast to Celebrate Presidents Day
In just a few short days, you could be out fishing...for free! Both days of President’s Day Weekend, February 17th and 18th, there is no license or tag requirement to fish, crab, or clam!
Free fishing weekends in Oregon provide the perfect opportunity to get the whole family to the coast or your local river. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers up to 8 free fishing days every year. For 2018, these days include June 2nd and 3rd, September 1st and 2nd for Labor Day Weekend, and November 23rd and 24th before Thanksgiving. While there is no license or tag required for free fishing days, keep in mind that all other regulations still apply, which includes size restrictions and bag limits
If you decide to get your friends and families out on the Oregon Coast, you may also want to spend some time adventuring to check out the natural world, where you will find some of the most diverse marine ecology on Earth. The Oregon Coast is teeming with diverse wildlife in part because of the kelp forest and rock reefs situated along the coast. Such areas provide safe haven from strong ocean currents for many fish species, like greenlings, flatfish, and rockfish. Without these zones, many species would not be provided the shelter needed to survive.
Tidepools are another fun way to explore the diversity that the Oregon coast offers the world. You will find brown, red, and green algae along with many invertebrate animals, like sea cucumbers, sea urchins, barnacles, shrimp, crabs, limpets, sea stars, mussels, sea anemones, and sponges. If you are near Coos Bay, visit Sunset Bay State Park, or a little farther north at Strawberry Hill near yachats to visit some of the largest and most popular tidepool environments.
President’s Day weekend is also an opportune time for whale watching! If you plan to stay the night on the coast, you may decide to go fishing one day and take a whale watching boat tour the next day. The gray whale, orca, and humpback whale all migrate along the Oregon Coast between the end of December and the end of March. You may also see a harbor porpoise, one of the smallest marine mammals in the world that hangs out close to the coast and near river estuaries.
Other mammals on the Oregon Coast include seal species and sea lions. The most popular places to experience the sounds and sights of Stellar’s sea lion and harbor seals are at the Historic Bayfront in Newport or the Sea Lion Caves outside of Florence. If you happen to see a seal pup on a sandy beach, know that it is resting and is not to be disturbed. Not only is disturbing a seal or sea lion against the law, it keeps them from the important rest they need to survive in the Pacific Ocean. Before 2009 in Depoe Bay, not one single sea otter had been found in more than 103 years because fur hunters had wiped out their population.
So, don’t take this President’s Day weekend for granted! Grab your crab pots and your fishing rods and head to the water. Turn the weekend into a Valentine’s getaway and check out some tidepools and migrating whales while you’re at it! Enjoy your weekend and get ready to clean beaches. The National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018 is coming! Which beach will you be cleaning?
Beach Cleanup Event you will not want to miss!
by Richard Arterbury
OBP will be using provided funds to implement watershed and wildlife enhancement of our community service learning projects for the community.
The restoration of rivers, where we will enhance not only our community but the economic value of Corvallis, Oregon in many ways, by planting trees and green spaces in urban areas provide more than aesthetic benefits. Where there are trees, there are reduced energy costs, decreased stormwater treatment costs, increased property values, increased spending at stores, increased employee satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs through cleaner air and increased recreational opportunities.
Urban streams can be a great tool to filter water, if abundance of flora and fauna is thriving. Native plants and trees, can not only filter but provide a stream canopy that allows a consistent water temperature for native salmonids species. Water from urban streams flow downhill ending cup in our rivers, and then our world's ocean! By plantings trees increases the value of nearby houses, increases tax revenues, supports local businesses, decreases government spending through the natural provision of ecosystem services, decreases the cost of recreation, and creates jobs.
Investing in beaches, rivers, streams, and creeks as a strategy to lower pollution. Restoration projects, will enhance economic value for the city's, community, and beyond. Service learning project will are aimed to focus on engaging high schools, College Students, like Oregon State University students, the community of Corvallis, and communities within the United States, straighten wildlife habitat, improve public health, strengthened neighborhoods, environmental protection, that will improve the drinking water for over two million people who live downstream, and preservation of natural beauty, all of which makes communities more livable.
Evidence is proven, from academic research and first-hand experience of community leaders and government officials who have found that urban stream restoration protection does not “cost” but rather “pays.”
Ocean Blue Project is a non-profit organization whose Mission is to protect and conserve the environment through education, by providing service learning projects, enhancing wildlife habitat, and reducing pollution.
OBP's goals are to empower communities and beyond by providing planning and providing technical assistance to landowners, communities, and local governments. Our main focus and goal is to improve urban water quality by using a holistic ecosystem based approach that synergistically reduces pollutants entering the river, prevents erosion, and provides wildlife habitat. Through the process of restoration, we are providing environmental education, connecting people in the community to their natural environment, and improving biodiversity.
The goal of this project is to restore habitat for threatened riparian animal species by improving water quality and stream stability with an ecological restoration approach. Native plants will be established throughout 50% of the stream section after removing invasive species such as Reed Canary Grass. Through partnership local schools, cities, and neighbors in community capacity building service learning project.
Pre-implementation includes invasive species removal and establishing 50% native plants. The completion of the project follows with post-implementation water quality monitoring and project effectiveness, including weekly water samples for three years, frequent plant monitoring, and using strategies to maintain consistent water temperatures to improve survival rates. With
Oregon State University interns, OBP tracks animal species through waterfowl counts and amphibian counts using frog traps.
The restoration and protection of natural watershed process is the foundation of achieving watershed health. Since natural watershed processes have been eliminated, altered or reduced in many areas, habitat restoration activities are the primary method for reintroducing the necessary functions to watersheds that have been altered due to past management practices and/or disturbance events. This includes, but is not limited to improving water quality, water quantity, habitat complexity, floodplain interaction, vegetation structure, and species diversity.
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About Richard Arterbury - President of Ocean Blue Project.
He is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. Through my passion for the environment I am responsible for cultivating relationships, overseeing client portfolios, project management, program design, business partnerships, sponsors, program development, and staff development. I have worked as a social change agent, account manager, sales, and partnerships within diverse communities for 12 years. My primary focus: engaging communities of people – whether social profits or government; urban or rural; national or global – in development, consensus-building and behavior-changing initiatives to keep healthy waters ways by protecting fishing rights, and healthy streams for family’s & beyond.
By Karisa Boyce
The Oregon Coast is known for epic breweries, cafe's, deliciously hand tossed pizza and authentic Thai food, Ocean Blue has put together a list of our favorite places to eat on the famous Hwy 101 in the Pacific Northwest coast. We love all of these places and we know you will too. Every restaurant is family friendly and full of delectable dishes