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Blue Notes #122: Whales, Pirates (fish & oil), A day at the Beach and more

April 14, 2014
By David Helvarg

Whales 1, Pirates 0 On May 15 2013 participants in the Blue Vision Summit’s Healthy Ocean Hill Day met with and asked 6 Senators (and many other Senators’ staffers) to ratify four treaties targeting illegal pirate fishing. This April 4th the U.S. Senate unanimously ratified those four treaties.More

 

A Day at the Beach for Point Molate It’s been called, “the most beautiful part of the bay no one’s ever heard of” but the official opening of Point Molate Beach Park in Richmond California on April 19 will change that. The beach, that’s been closed to the public for almost a decade, is just one part of the 422-acre Point Molate headlands also home to ospreys, owls, wild turkey, mule deer and 50 acres of offshore eel grass beds that provide habitat for both fish and shellfish. It also contains a historic wine port (with a brick castle) that later became a navy fuel oil depot, before the Navy sold it to the city for a dollar in 2003.More
 

Shell: the BP of the North
Given the new reports on the devastating impacts of fossil-fuel fired climate change from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, it’s hard to fathom why new offshore drilling proposals are still moving forward from the Atlantic seaboard to the Arctic ocean. OK, it’s not that hard. Money talks and the Supreme Court’s conservative majority just ruled that it can shout louder.More

 

Over the Blue Horizon It seems like this would be an excellent time for the blue movement to demand an immediate end to all offshore oil exploration and drilling and a transition to properly-sited clean blue energy including offshore wind, wave and OTEC.More.

 

Heroes of the Sea – The Coasties and the Benchleys Ever since writing, ‘Rescue Warriors’ I’ve wondered why there are no big city celebrations of the Coast Guard when 14 of our 20 largest cities are coastal and the Coast Guard is America’s leading agency in enforcement of marine protection laws and regulations. Blue Frontier has decided to rectify that by partnering with Pier 39, the Port of San Francisco, SF Aquarium of the Bay, Red & Gold Fleet and others for a fun day of boats, helicopters, K-9 Dogs, sea lions and celebration at San Francisco’s famous Pier 39 April 26 Noon-4 More.

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SOLUTIONS

The oceans, and the challenges they face, are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways to Save the Ocean focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource: what fish should and should not be eaten; how and where to vacation; storm drains […]

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THE BLUE BEAT

2014 Peter Benchley Ocean Award winners named

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Friday, May 30th 2014 in San Francisco, CA

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Why can’t we find Flight 370?

David Helvarg’s recent op-ed in the L.A. Times

Coast Guard Appreciation Day

Blue Frontier Campaign sponsors event in San Francisco

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