Plastic straws have been ranked in the top 10 list of items found on the beach during beach clean-ups since 1989, according to the Ocean Conservancy. These incredibly harmful plastic products can travel easily to the ocean, harming organisms, wildlife, and the general biodiversity of the beaches….help us change that! The goal of “No Straw November” is to bring awareness to the millions of plastic straws that are being used once and then thrown away in a single month. We challenge you to refuse plastic straws the whole month of November and to keep a tally of how many straws you eliminated from potentially ending up in the ocean.
Plastic Straw Data
-500 million straws are used in the US every day
-500 million straws could fill over 127 school buses each day, or more than 46,400 school buses every year
-500 million straws per day is an average of 1.6 straws per person (in the US) per day. Based on this national average, each person in the US will use approximately 38,300 or more straws between the ages 5 and 65
Environmental Impact of Plastic Straws*
Petroleum plastics last forever
-Plastic byproducts do not degrade naturally, but break up into infinitely smaller pieces
-Plastic straws fill ocean gyres
-Plastic straws kill marine life and other organisms
What You Can Do
-Refuse plastic straws when you order a beverage
-Ask your favorite restaurant to use plastic straw alternatives such as: glass, paper, metal
*Information from One Green Planet
Join us for a co-hosted talk this Friday evening at the Old Rec Center Gym in Fort Bragg.
Join the Noyo Center’s month-long Orca Articulation Workshop, and help us re-assemble a 26-ft Orca skeleton, bone by bone. Mixing art, science and engineering, everyone involved will get a rare and intimate look into the life of a killer whale.
In 2015, an adult male Orca washed ashore on the Mendocino Coast tangled in crab pot line. He was identified as an Alaskan transient. The Noyo Center for Marine Science, in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, collected and prepared the bones.
Now, three master articulators will lead us through the exciting process of articulating the skeleton in a way that reflects this magnificent mammal’s power and beauty. Throughout the workshop, as we build the whale, we will dive deep into killer whale anatomy, habitats and
communities, ecosystems and food chains, human interactions and conservation strategies. You don’t need a particular expertise to join our team, just an inquisitive mind, a love of bones, a penchant for puzzles, and a collaborative spirit.
Still not sure? We have more! We want you to fall in love with the Noyo Center and our stretch of the Mendocino Coast, so we will also offer a range of additional activities, including whale watching trips, kayak adventures, nature photography classes, scientific illustration instruction, scientific lectures and more. It will be a true Orca summer.
At the Noyo Center we believe in experiencing science and are excited to offer this incredibly unique learning opportunity. Whether scientist or carpenter, retired grandma or inspired student, all will be considered through our application process. Just tell us a little bit about yourself. We will ask about your skills, but nothing is required. If you have a skill to share or a story to tell, please let us know. Students over 15 are considered with parental consent, and a limited number of scholarships are available. We will book only 12 slots per day.
July 17th – August 12th, 2017 Mondays – Saturdays 9:00am -5:00pm
Old Rec Gym in Fort Bragg
$50-$200 dollars a day, sliding scale. Please contribute what you can.
Noyo Center Sustaining Members get 3 days free.
A limited number of student scholarships are available, local students get preference.
Fees cover the cost of the workshop. A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required. Spaces are limited.
Find out more on the Noyo Center website.
Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up at Big River Beach on June 17th for International Surfing Day Beach Clean-Up! It was a beautiful day out there, and we left our beach in better shape. This is what we found:
On Saturday, June 17, 2017, the Surfrider Foundation will host more than 200 events globally in celebration of the 13th International Surfing Day (ISD), an annual event to raise awareness, engage communities, and help protect our oceans for future generations.
We’re hosting a local International Surfing Day event with a beach clean-up at Big River Beach in Mendocino on Saturday, June 17th from 1:00-3:00pm. People of all ages are invited to join.
We’ll have a table set up at the bottom of the stairs (access from the town of Mendocino) by the volleyball nets. Bring a bucket and gloves for trash pick-up, and let’s clean the beach! Please be sure to deliver your trash back at the registration table — we’ll be weighing and sorting it to add to the global data.
Come be a part of this effort, along with thousands of volunteers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Ghana, Tenerife, South Korea, the US and more!
Enjoy an afternoon on the Noyo River and support the Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition. Lounge on the deck over the river and/or meander in a kayak on the quiet waters of the Noyo.
Kayak Rentals are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.
All proceeds benefit the Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition.
For more information or to reserve a kayak, call Cate or Jeff at Liquid Fusion Kayaking (707) 962-1623.
Present: Walt, Jackie, Nicole, Dave, Pam, Mark
Agenda Adendum:Walt announces Liquid Fusion Kayak fundraiser for Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition on Sunday, June 25th at 10:00am in Noyo Harbor.
Board member positions postponed
Treasurer’s report – Jackie
- as of 5/26/17 we have $2,683.29 in our account
- Jackie continues to deposit $5/year to keep account active
- Pam volunteers to be second account checker
Membership – review of current members
- we agree to contact members (first choice is email, will call if email not available) to notify them of International Surfing Day clean-up
- we need to assign this task
Blue Water Task Force
- Walt has been testing Virgin Creek weekly April – October
- Virgin Creek numbers are included in the annual report from Mendocino Environmental Health
- Nicole contacted Surfrider IT Chris Wilson for help with displaying water quality results on our chapter website. Nat’l is encouraging a new website design that no longer supports the Blue Water Task Force widget. We concur that a workaround would be to have a link to the Heal the Bay website. Nicole will generate link.
- Dave reports on what he is seeing as local ecosystem collapse.
- He is deeply alarmed by the kelp forest devastation, loss of sea stars, decreased abalone population and proliferation of purple urchins.
- Other members have been observing and hearing about these signs as well.
- We concur that this is a disturbing issue and we agree to research and reach out to contacts that may help us with further information. Our goal is to educate the community with what is happening. We agree that a visual presentation would be most helpful. Our to-do list on this issue:
- Dave is going to contact Fish and Game associate and invite them to show her power point presentation.
- Dave is going to contact Jerry Kashawata (sp?) abalone biologist
- Wyatt is going to contact biology professor
- Wyatt recommends getting in touch with Mischa Hedges of Trim Tab media, film maker from the area who might be interested in making a short video to distribute online.
- Nicole is going to contact Noyo Center
- Nicole is going to contact local Audubon and Black Oyster Catcher groups
- Pam suggests contacting local dive shops for more first-hand accounts
- Mark suggests contacting Save the Waves
- It is suggested that we contact Reef Check, a group of citizen scientists
- We agree that it would be beneficial to meet within 4-6 weeks to report back with our findings.
- Nicole will send out Doodle poll with potential meeting times.
Partnering with Noyo Center, education presentations in local schools, Ocean Friendly Gardens: we agree that the first order of business is the above campaign. Some of this may involve collaborating with Noyo Center. We will inform Noyo Center of our 2017 events and possibly co-host a post 4th of July beach clean-up with them.
Beach Access – There are no current access issues
International Surfing Day June 17 – 1-3pm we are meeting at Big River Beach at the bottom of the stairs near the volleyball courts. Nicole will reach out to Sarah Damron and request materials from Nat’l. We need to arrive by 12:30 to set-up.
International Coastal Clean-up Day, September 29 – Nicole will reach out to Mendocino Land Trust for list of beaches covered by clean-up crews.
On April 28th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters. The order directs the Department of the Interior to develop a new five-year oil and gas leasing program to consider new areas for offshore drilling. The order also blocks the creation of new national marine sanctuaries and orders a review of all existing sanctuaries and marine monuments designated or expanded in the past ten years.
There are serious environmental impacts associated with each stage of offshore drilling, including marine mammal harm from seismic surveys, polluted water from oil processing, and potential for oil spills that can damage entire ecosystems.
America needs to conserve energy, protect our natural resources and look for innovative ways to build a sustainable energy portfolio. Offshore oil drilling is not the answer.
Please join our campaign to stop new offshore drilling off U.S. coastlines. See below to learn how you can take action.
Dear Members & Friends of Surfrider,
The U.S. Senate is on the verge of approving Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, someone who has openly and repeatedly tried to undermine the agency’s abilities to enforce environmental regulations and public health safeguards. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times in an effort to block federal air and water pollution regulations. Based on his record, Pruitt’s confirmation would severely weaken the agency’s effectiveness in protecting the environment and regulating polluters.
But Americans didn’t vote for dirty water and more pollution. Make your voice heard and send an email to your Senators asking them to Vote No for the nomination of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the EPA.
Let the Senate know that clean air and clean water are important to you and your family and the EPA needs to be empowered to continue to meet its mission of protecting the environment and public health.