Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, May 14 @ 9:39 a.m. / Activism
Cliff and Emily talk with Shannon Tracey and Caelie Quinn about the upcoming 5th Annual Climate Ride. The ride goes from Fortuna to San Francisco, starts May 19th and concludes on May 23rd. About 160 riders of varying experience will make the trek to San Francisco in order raise funds and call attention to sustainable climate friendly transportation options. More info at climateride.org.
Humboldt County Superior Court Calendar: Tomorrow
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Let’s just say it straight out: Plastic bags are a miracle. They illustrate a crowning achievement of modern technology. After all, how many items designed to be used one single time actually last forever? We live in uncertain times overall, but one thing is for sure: Every time we go to the beach, plastic bags are there. Every time we drive down the highway, plastic bags are there. Every time we roam in the dunes or walk in the woods, plastic bags are there. All over the world, plastic bags are wherever we go!
They always make the Top 5 list of Things Found On The Beach That Are Not Actually A Natural Part Of The Beach And Are In Fact Trash. How amazingly consistent is that?! And they’re so durable! They actually maintain enough structural integrity to confuse sea turtles into thinking they’re jellyfish! The turtles even eat them! They remain strong enough to strangle seals and choke seabirds – incredible!
This Week in Ocean: Tsunami Debris Hits Cali, Samoa Litterbugs on Notice, Fish Mgmt Moves Into Future
First, the international:
A Japanese skiff washes up in Crescent City, evidence of the devastating March, 2011 tsunami triggered by the preceding 9.0 magnitude earthquake. The 21-foot panga boat has been confirmed as belonging to Rikuzentakata High School. Rikuzentakata was “almost completely flattened” by the tsunami and residents have yet to recover. From Kimberly Wear’s excellent T-S story:
Amya Miller, Rikuzentakata’s global public information officer, said the boat’s find was a cause for celebration.
”For those of us in Rikuzentakata, these are experiences we will never get used to, and for giving us something to be absolutely joyful about, to talk about, to laugh about, and to be absolutely giddy — we are grateful,” she said.
Related: The Northcoast Environmental Center continues its Beach Clean Up and Tsunami Debris Monitoring Program at both Samoa Beach and Point St. George on Saturday, April 20. Also, Ocean Conservancy (me) participates in NOAA’s baseline monitoring program the last Thursday of each month outside the Ma-l’el Dunes, adjacent to the Samoa Marine Protected Area.
Also, Ocean Conservancy’s Tsunami Debris: What You Need To Know guide.
Next, this side of the Pacific:
Conservationists applauded the Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s adoption of the “Fisheries Ecosystem Plan.” Shifting from a single species, one-problem-at-a-time focus to an ecosystem approach is a very big deal for things like managing seafood harvest at the federal level. This plan is a conscious effort to transition fisheries decision-making to do just that.
Speaking of seafood harvest, keep up with what’s going on fish-wise around the North Coast here.
Close to home: