Coastal Currents

KHUM's look at the waterways of Humboldt County. From recreation to restoration, Bayley Brown and Anne Maher host this weekly segment. Airs at noon Wednesdays on 104.3 and 104.7 FM and online at



• (Wednesday, March 28) Siskiyou Land Conservancy Benefit

Siskiyou Land Conservancy Executive Director Greg King came in to talk about what they do and promote the benefit at the Arcata Playhouse on Saturday.

• (Wednesday, Jan. 24) Underwater Parks Day

Fish and Wildlife Interpreter Marnin Robbins came in to talk about underwater parks created by the marine protected areas and the film California Fish and Wildlife just made about them! The video will be shown at the next Ocean Night on Feb 8 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

• (Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017) What are MPAs and Why Do We Need Them?

California Department of Fish & Wildlife Marine Region Environmental Scientist Adam Frimodig came in to explain Marine Protected Areas (also known as MPAs) and talk about the recently completed Phase I Monitoring that the state just finished. To expand your knowledge of MPAs check out the links in this article:

• (Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017) Announcing the New Hosts and Goodbye Delia

Delia Bense-Kang took a job at a surf camp in Nicaragua! She introduces the new hosts - both from the Northcoast Environmental Center - Programs Coordinator Anne Maher and Coastal Programs Coordinator Madison Peters. This all goes on in the North Coast Co-Op produce section because we're broadcasting for the food drive. #silliness #funforagoodcause

• (Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017) WILDCOAST, MPA's and The Lost Coast

WILDCOAST is an environmental non-profit based out of San Diego who recently had several folks up this way to check out Marine Protected Areas on the Lost Coast. We spoke with MPA Watch Program Coordinator Angela Kemsley and Conservation Coordinator Cory Pukini. For more information head here:

• (Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017) Wavesgiving

What's better than having fun and helping out the environment? Delia Bense-Kang headed down to The Shop in Arcata to talk to the owner Nikk Light and local surfer/worker Ben about the 3rd annual Wavesgiving coming up on November 16. It's raising funds for the Trinidad Head Restoration Project.

• (Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017) November with Friends of the Dunes

Today Delia and I talked with Jess Barger, Education & Restoration Coordinator for Friends of the Dunes.

• (Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017) Jaimal Yogis

We spoke with Jaimal Yogis, author, speaker, and dad about the relationship between surfing and mindfulness/brain activity.

• (Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017) No Straw November

Today I talked with Shelby O'Neil, founder of Jr. Ocean Guardians and Jackie Nunez, founder of about No Straw November

• (Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017) Surfrider

Today Delia and I spoke with Jessie Misha, the volunteer coordinator for Surfrider

• (Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017) MPA Baseline Monitoring

Today Delia and I talked with Melissa Kent, CA Sea Grant State Fellow and part of the North Coast MPA monitoring team

• (Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017) Fishing Community Sustainability Plan

Today I talked with Dr. Laurie Richmond about the public meetings for the Fishing Community Sustainability Planning. Eureka meeting is tonight (9/27) at the Warfinger from 6-8, and Shelter Cove's meeting will be Friday (9/29) at the Shelter Cove Community Center from 6-8PM.

• (Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017) Outdoor Nation Paddlefest

Today I talked with Bridget Hand, she is the Center Activities Manager for HSU.

• (Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017) Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday

Today I talked with Delia and Madison from the NEC about Saturday's Coastal Clean Up Day

• (Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017) Arcata High Chapter Surfrider

The students at Arcata High have decided to form their own chapter of Surfrider! We talked to them today.

• (Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017) Congressman Huffman's Ocean Protection Forum

Delia went to Congressman Huffman's Ocean Protection Forum on August 23 in Marin County.

• (Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017) Surfrider & NOAA

Delia and I talked with Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director for Surfrider Foundation. We will be talking to him about the proposed budget cut to funding for NOAA, what the impacts would be, and how people can help.

• (Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017) August 10, 2017

Today Delia and I spoke to Chris who is the founder of Avasol, a line of sunscreens that are designed to be safe for the ocean as well as your family.

• (Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017) NEC Coastal Cleanup

Today I spoke with Anne Maher from the NEC talking about Coastal Cleanup.

• (Thursday, July 20, 2017) Arcata Bay Trail

Today I spoke with Emily Benvie, Environmental Programs manager for the City of Arcata. She got us updated about the Arcata stretch of the Humboldt Bay Trail.

• (Thursday, July 13, 2017) July 2017 Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

Today I talked with Ben, the Executive Director of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. They partner with all kinds of agencies and non-profits to care for this spectacular stretch of coastline.

• (Thursday, July 6, 2017) Explore North Coast July

Today I spoke with Mike Zeppegno of Explore North Coast about this Monday's free lecture at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, the Paddle Guide, and more.

• (Thursday, June 29, 2017) Bio Blitz and Sand Mine Update

Today I spoke with Delia about the Bio Blitz that is happening all along the California Coast and an update on the upcoming hearing about the sand mine at the Coastal Commission in July.

• (Thursday, June 22, 2017) Moonstone Beach Surf Camp

Today i spoke with Jeffery Stienkamp, owner of Moonstone Beach Surf Camp about their summer program.

• (Thursday, June 15, 2017) North Coast Junior Life Guard

Today we talked with Keven Harder, Patricks Point State Parks ranger about the Junior Life Guard program. More information at:

• (Thursday, June 8, 2017) Trinidad School 8th Grade M.A.R.E. Month

Today Delia and I talked with four of the 8th grade students at Trinidad School about their activities in M.A.R.E. (Marine Activities Resource Education) Month. We talked with: Oriah Nagahiro, Zaca Letherwood, West Wood, and Alyssa Morehead

• (Thursday, June 1, 2017) Trinidad Elem Sea Star Wasting Disease Part I

Today we talked with Jana Litt, Marine Biologist and director of the project HSU Marine Lab is conducting with Trinidad School to monitor sea star wasting disease.

• (Thursday, May 25, 2017) Jen Savage CA Policy Dir. Surfrider

Today Delia and I spoke with our old friend, Jennifer Savage, who is now the Director of Policy for California for Surfrider.

• (Thursday, May 18, 2017) National Safe Boating Day

Delia and I were joined by Matt Kurth, Aquatics Coordinator, from the Humboldt Bay Aquatics Center/HSU Center Activities

• (Thursday, May 11, 2017) May 11, 2017 Gray Whales

Gray Whale expert and author, James Sumich, will be coming to speak to Explore North Coast Kayak on Monday, May 15th. He will be bringing copies of his latest book “E. robustus: The Biology and Human History of Gray Whales”

• (Thursday, May 4, 2017) May 4, 2017

We spoke with Brian Tissot, Director of the HSU Marine Lab about the MPA symposium May 5, 2017 at the Humboldt Aquatic Center.

• (Sunday, April 30, 2017) April 27 MPA Studies

Coastal Currents from April 27, 2017. Joining Amy in the KHUM studio were Delia Bense-Kang and Ian Kelmartin, grad student at HSU. We taled about the Collaborative Fisheries Research

• (Thursday, April 13, 2017) Friends of Swale

Coastal Currents from April 13, 2017. Talking to Lonny Grafman, Environmental Resources Engineering professor at HSU and involved with the Friends of Swale project.

• (Thursday, April 6, 2017) April 6, 2017

Today Delia and I talked with Suzie Fortner, Education Manager for Friends of the Dunes about their Get Outside Gear Sale this Saturday at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.

• (Friday, March 31, 2017) March 29

Coastal Currents Ocean Night with HSU Marine Science

• (Friday, March 31, 2017) March 23, 2017

Coastal Currents-Kayak Gray Whale tours

• (Saturday, March 25, 2017) Water and Water Rights

This episode of Coastal Currents had a room full of guest speaking on Water and Water Rights and promoting the upcoming event World Water Rising taking place Saturday March 25th at Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace.

• (Thursday, March 9, 2017) March 8 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Dave Feral of the Mad River Alliance and Shane Anderson regarding the World Water Rising event and Shane's forthcoming film, A River's Last Chance.

• (Tuesday, March 7, 2017) March 1 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Trey Heighton regarding the Save The Waves Film Festival and other topics.

• (Tuesday, March 7, 2017) February 22 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Josh Koepke, Restoration Ecologist at Samara Restoration and the creation and maintenance of ocean-friendly gardens.

• (Tuesday, March 7, 2017) February 15 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Stephen Kullmann about his plans as the newly appointed Division 3 Harbor Commissioner.

• (Tuesday, March 7, 2017) February 8 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Michael Kew, author of the travel book “Crossings,” about his adventures at surf spots around the world.

• (Monday, March 6, 2017) February 1 Episode

Delia and Larry talk with Eve Robinson, North Coast Science Integration Fellow at the HSU Marine Lab regarding MPA research.

• (Monday, March 6, 2017) January 25 Episode

Delia and Larry talk with David Helvarg, Executive Director of Blue Frontier regarding “The Golden Shore,” a book Helvarg wrote about California's history with the sea.

• (Monday, March 6, 2017) January 18 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Kim McFarland, the new Executive Director of Friends Of The Dunes regarding her plans for the organization in her new position.

• (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) January 11 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Jack Crider, Executive Director of the Humboldt Bay Harbor District, regarding a World War II Naval vessel recently pulled out of Humboldt Bay.

• (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) January 4 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Helen Jackard and Chuck DeWitt regarding the Golden Rule, a peace advocacy ship operated by Veterans For Peace.

• (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) December 28 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Aaron Ostrom and Tim Haywood about the PacOut Green Team.

• (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) December 21 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Dan Menton, a local author who has written a new North Coast whitewater guide.

• (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) December 14 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Alderon Laird, a sea-level rise planner.

• (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) December 7 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Marty Nave, creator of the Seapod clothing company.

• (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) November 23 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Marna Powell regarding the annual Blessing Of The Fleet event.

• (Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016) November 9 Episode

Larry talks with Jen Savage regarding election results and Coastal Commission developments.

• (Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016) October 26 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Dan Johnson from Environment California regarding the bag ban proposition.

• (Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016) October 19 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Neil Romans who is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot.

• (Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016) October 12 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Joe Tyburczy regarding the Humboldt Bay Symposium.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) October 5 Episode

Larry and Delia speak with Dayla Soul, the Producer/Director of “It Ain't Pretty”, a documentary focusing on female surfers.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) September 28 Epidode

Delia and Larry chat with Madison Peters, Coastal Programs Coordinator for NEC, regarding the results of Coastal Cleanup Day.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) September 21 Epidode

Delia and Larry chat with Bridget Hand, HSU Center Activities Manager, regarding the Outdoor Nation Challenge.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) September 7 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Gayla Mitchell and Justin Fricker from Bike Party Humboldt regarding an upcoming paddle event.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) August 31 Episode

Larry chats with Jen Savage regarding California sea mounts and conservation efforts with regard thereto.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) August 17 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Emily Benvie, Environmental Services Director for the City of Arcata regarding stormwater runoff diversions and other topics.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) August 10 Episode

Delia and Larry chat with Rhyn Noll about conflicts between jetski riders in Crescent City and others who use the beaches and ocean.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) August 3 Episode

Delia and Larry talk Coastal Commission, jetskis in Crescent City and Coastal Cleanup Day.

• (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) July 27 Episode

Larry speaks with Tami Trump and Susan Elliott of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust regarding a local art fundraiser.

• (Monday, July 25, 2016) July 20 Episode

Larry and Delia chat with Jeffrey Steinkamp who runs Moonstone Beach Surf Camp.

• (Monday, July 25, 2016) July 13 Episode

Larry speaks with Sarah Green regarding the Critter Crawl, and open-sea swim event.

• (Monday, July 25, 2016) July 6 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Mike Zeppegno about Explore North Coast, a sea kayaking club.

• (Monday, July 25, 2016) June 29 Episode

Delia and Larry speak with Kevin Harter from California State Parks regarding a junior lifeguard program and with Melinda Bailey regarding the Natural History Museum's Summer Science Program.

• (Monday, July 25, 2016) June 1 Episode

Delia and Larry talk with Jennifer Kalt, Director of Humboldt Baykeeper, regarding presence of fecal bacteria in local streams. Note: recording joins episode already in progress.

• (Monday, July 25, 2016) May 25th Episode

Delia and Larry chat with Madison Peters, Coastal Programs Coordinator at NEC, regarding Coastal Cleanup Day.

• (Thursday, May 19, 2016) Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

Larry and Delia chat with Don Allan, Senior Project Manager for Redwood Community Action Agency and board member for the Trinidad Land Trust

• (Tuesday, April 26, 2016) Whales

Delia and Larry speak with HSU Professor P. Dawn Goley about the whales that annually visit Humboldt's waters.

• (Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016) Climate Ready Meeting

Delia and Larry chat with Carol Vander Meer from Friends Of The Dunes about an upcoming meeting regarding climate change preparations.

• (Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016) Coastal Commission Controversy II

Delia and Larry speak with surfer, attorney, and environmental conservationist hero Mark Massara regarding efforts to remove Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester.

• (Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016) Coastal Commission Controversy

Guest host Jennifer Savage and Larry discuss a move to oust Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester

• (Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016) Let's Talk About The Weather

Delia and Larry talk waves and weather with Brian Garcia from NOAA.

• (Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015) Coastal Currents: Pulp Mill Cleanup

Delia and Larry talk with Mike Wilson from the Harbor Commission about quick action that led to the cleanup of the old pulp mill site, averting a potentially serious situation.

Delia and Larry talk with Madison from NEC about beach cleanups focusing on identifying tsunami debris and with Kelsey from The Shop about an upcoming surf competition.

• (Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015) Coastal Currents: Sea Scouts

Delia and Larry chat with Skipper Eric Hall and learn about the Sea Scouts, a program that helps older kids learn about our bay and ocean. For some reason, they also chat about the Mr. Humboldt pageant.

• (Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015) Coastal Currents: Tsunami Boat

Delia and Larry chat with HSU Professor Emeritus Lori Dengler regarding her new book that tells the story of a boat that washed up in Crescent City after having made a post-tsunami trek across the Pacific Ocean

• (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015) Coastal Currents: Otters (And Also Otters)

Delia and Larry chat with Steve Shimek, Chief Executive of The Otter Project regarding, well, otters.

• (Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015) September 23 Coastal Currents

Delia and Larry speak with Dr. Brian Tissot, Director of the HSU marine lab regarding the lab's mission and accomplishments over a 50-year period.

• (Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015) September 16 Coastal Currents

Jennifer Savage, Delia Bense-Kang, and Larry talk with Beth Frink regarding the Wine By The Sea event.

• (Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015) Coastal Currents: The Problem With Microbeads

Jen Savage and Larry discuss the problems associated with microbeads that are found in some beauty and personal care products.

• (Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015) August 19 Coastal Currents

Jen and Larry talk with Tibora Girczyc-Blum about upcoming Scrap Humboldt event.

• (Friday, Aug. 14, 2015) August 12 Coastal Currents

Jen and Larry talk to BayKeeper's Jen Kalt about decommissioning the former nuclear power plant.

• (Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015) Coastal Currents: Pelicans and Documentaries

Jen and Larry are joined by Monte Merrick of Humboldt Wildlife Care Center and Bird Ally X, and they discuss, among other topics, the documentary “Pelican Dreams”

• (Wednesday, July 22, 2015) Sea Star Wasting Disease

Jana Hennessy, a master's student at HSU, discusses a disease afflicting west coast sea stars.

• (Thursday, July 16, 2015) Surf legend Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson is a hero in the surfing world, known for his style, aloha spirit and environmental activism. Always the optimist Tomson talks about his history with Surfrider, his favorite wave, and one thing surfers can do every day make the world a better place. [This episode is founding co-host Mike Dronkers' final episode and things get a little bit weepy at the end. ]

• (Wednesday, May 6, 2015) Paddleboard Race This Sunday

Feat. Hugh Holt, Jen Savage, Jason Self, Jen Savage.

• (Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015) Crescent City Makes Serious Waterfront Progress

The Crescent City Harbor District's Charlie Helms talks about the new bike trail and why CC is America's most Tsunami-proofed harbor.

• (Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015) Oil Extraction In The Colorado Headwaters

Filmmaker Jennifer Eckstrom explores what looks to be a colossally bad plan in her documentary “Last Rush for the Wild West.” It'll be screened tonight at the Arcata Theater, 6:30 pm.

• (Friday, Oct. 17, 2014) Cleaning Up Grow Sites

The NEC's Dan Ehresman, along with a coalition of volunteers and government agencies, trekked into the woods to clean up some trespass grows. What they found was not good.

• (Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014) Bag Ban Might Actually Happen

Surfrider's legal director Angela Howe discusses how, seemingly suddenly, California is on the cusp of landmark antiwaste legislation.

• (Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014) Turns Out We Were Wrong About Stormwater

Justin Boyes and Jessica Hall explain why keeping rainwater runoff close to where it fell is a win/win for builders and bees.

Marcy Cravat, director of Angel Azul, joined Jen & Mike to talk about her stunning documentary.

• (Friday, July 11, 2014) Free Boat Rides, Because the NEC Is Buying

Jasmin Segura of the NEC/Baykeeper wants to get you on a motorboat or kayak or whatever. Who cares. It's free! Guest host Dan Ehresman presides.

• (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) These Bay Swimmers Sound Totally Sane

Today's Coastal Currents topic is the Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl, a 4.5-mile swim from the Coast Guard Station to Woodley Island Marina on July 13. We'll check in with Taylor Daniels and Sarah Green, swimmers and co-organizers for the event.

• (Wednesday, May 21, 2014) “A Cow Crossing The Sahara”

Dr. John Chapman is a rare bird: he's a scientist BUT he's a good communicator. He was also magnificently wrong about boat-bound critters surviving the quake-induced voyage from Japan to North America. These stray craft and their accidental passengers, pulled out to sea by the tsunami, are landing on North American shores at the rate of almost one a day. But now what? Chapman explains.

Rep. Jared Huffman doesn't think current drought-management bills serve our district very well. And he's probably a pretty boring web surfer, too.

• (Wednesday, April 9, 2014) Underwater Photographer Richard Salas

The legendary photographer is coming to town.

• (Wednesday, March 19, 2014) Friend Request Of The Dunes

Carol Vander Meer & Suzie Fortner, known dune friends, invite you to clear out your garage, rip out some invasives, and get educated on wildlife. Not all at once, of course.

Michael Jasny of the Natural Resources Council updates us on the Navy's sonar testing, and why wildlife advocates oppose it.

• (Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014) Sounds Of The Sands At Night

Learn how to identify the nocturnal noises in the dunes on January 28th. Hear the difference between an Northern Red-Legged and Pacific Chorus frogs on today's show.

• (Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014) Radiation Debunked, Billboard Dunked

So your kooky uncle keeps posting on Facebook that the west coast is getting fried by Fukushima radiation. Sure, he was right about aliens living beneath Mt. Shasta, but is he right about this? Also, Jen Savage questions the legality of the billboards on the safety corridor, but unlike some vandal(s), she did NOT chop one down.

• (Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013) Cleaning Liscom Slough

One guy. 17 years. A mountain of garbage.

• (Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013) Coast Guard's Big Wave Boater

Victoria Taylor is one of the most decorated coxswains in the Coast Guard.

• (Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013) Chasing Orcæ

Local whale chaser Jeff Jacobsen dishes on these exceptionally intelligent animals.

• (Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013) Lost Coast/King Range Usage Reduction

Coastal Currents presents a one-sided discussion (thanks a lot, gov't shutdown) about the BLM's proposed rules for the wild and windy King Range. If you wanted to, say, spend three weeks on the Lost Coast, listen up. Wes Smith of Surfrider explains.

• (Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013) Arcata vs. Plastic Bags

Arcata is about to pour less garbage into the Pacific, maybe.

• (Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013) Guess What They Paid For The Pulp Mill

The Humboldt Bay Harbor District has acquired the old pulp mill in Samoa. How much? Why? Jack Crider answers these questions and more.

• (Wednesday, July 10, 2013) #SwimmableCA, Kayaking The LA River, On A Boat

This might be a Coastal Currents record: most content in least amount of time. Dip in!

• (Wednesday, June 26, 2013) Sculpting Sand

Carol Vander Meer, Executive Director of Friends Of The Dunes joins us for Coastal Currents to talk about the upcoming Sand Sculpture event; Jessica Hall also discuss a recent meeting regarding the proposed East-West railroad.

• (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) Learn To Row/Green Slime Mystery

You want to learn to row? The Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is way down, despite those boats' lack of cupholders.

• (Wednesday, May 15, 2013) Get On A Boat

Vanessa Vasquez of Humboldt Baykeeper wants you to take what is rightfully yours: a free boat ride on the long, blue watery road that is Humboldt Bay.

• (Wednesday, May 1, 2013) Buried Urban Creeks See Daylight Again

Described as a “rock star” in the fluvial geomorphology, Ann Riley literally wrote the book on urban creek restoration.

• (Wednesday, April 24, 2013) Humboldt Bay Outrigger Club

Luke Besmer and Neil Kalson of the fledgling Humboldt Bay Outrigger Club discuss the history of Polynesian travel and the club's boat.

• (Wednesday, March 27, 2013) How Much Is Too Much Poison?

Patty Clary of Californians For Alternative To Toxics reminds us that, in this time of gardening, try not to spray your children with Round Up.

• (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) Dock Of The Bay

The Harbor District's Dan Berman discusses those massive cement cubes that litter the bay and ocean shore.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013) Fortuna Creeks Project

A visit from local high schoolers proves inspiring.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013) Bird, Interrupted

Humboldt Bay Bald Eagle webcam! Monte Merrick, co-director of the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, explains what happens when a male bald eagle brings a stick up to the nest.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013) Arrested: Pete Nichols

Coastal Currents founding host Pete Nichols just got arrested in front of the White House protesting the Keystone Pipeline. He calls in after just having been sprung out.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013) Night Crossings: A Book About The Bar

Author Jon Humboldt Gates discusses his book “Night Crossings”, recounting harrowing true tales of rogue waves, poor visibility, and the entrance to Humboldt Bay.

• (Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013) On A Boat! [Center Activities Edition]

Center Activities at HSU is doing their best to give you something to do. Want to learn how to kiteboard? Never been sea kayaking? Need to rent a wetsuit for something? Today on Coastal Currents, Victoria Anweiler explains how.

• (Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013) Mussel Malaise

The county suggests you avoid those Mussels, because you can get violently ill on the double.

• (Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013) Mad River Alliance

Dave Feral (MRA) and Andrew Orahoske (EPIC) discuss some of the long-term challenges facing NoHum's main drinking-water source. Also, why are environmentalists asking us to power-use our tap water?

• (Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013) Geoengineering

Stanford's Dr. Ken Caldeira discusses our options if/when Earth is faced with a climate emergency.

• (Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012) Happy MPA Day

After years of process, the Marine Protected Areas are finally in effect. Ocean Conservancy's Jen Savage comments.

• (Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012) To Catch A Litterbug: NEC's Dan Ehresman

Guest host Jennifer Savage and NEC's Dan Ehresman discuss coastal cleanup efforts, Underwater Parks day, King Tides, and when, if ever, it's appropriate to use social media for environmental purposes.

• (Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012) Looking For Tsunami Debris

The movie “Ikkatsu” follows three kayakers traveling the roadless coast of the Olympic Peninsula, documenting the debris from the tsunami as it washes ashore on remote Northwest beaches. Kayaker/moviemaker Ken Cambpell talks about his journey. More info:

• (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012) When Plants Invade

Humboldt Bay has invasive plants attacking its marshes and dunes. Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge's Andrea Pickart explains why it matters while Mike learns that botany jokes are never successful.

• (Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012) Aquaculture, Jobs, And Hydroponics

A plan is emerging to build an on-shore seafood ranch on the Samoa peninsula that aims to create jobs, take the pressure off our native fisheries, remove greenhouse gas from the air, and grow some vegetables. This is a real thing, and it's moving forward.

• (Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012) King Tide / Waterworld Preview

So these ultra-high tides we're seeing this week are a glimpse into sea-level rise, which looks like a total pain in the ass financially and environmentally.

• (Friday, Nov. 2, 2012) The Mystery Of The Disappearing River

Scott Greacen from Friends of the Eel and Jessical Hall from Humboldt Baykeeper look at mysteriously low flows in the Eel. Could agriculture upstream really be diverting that much water?

• (Friday, Oct. 19, 2012) A Little Bit Of Kickass

During the week of the Clean Water Act's 40th Birthday, we meet Humboldt Baykeeper's new executive director, Jessica Hall. Admittedly, she has a “little bit of kickass” in her. Watch out, polluters.

• (Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012) NWS' Preferred Nomenclature, Dude

The National Weather Service is shedding arcane ocean-forecasting terminology for clearer, more useful nomenclature in its daily reports. Will mariners abide by the new changes? NWS' Troy Niccolini explains.

• (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012) HSU Biodiversity Conference

Bobby Shearer and Vanessa Vasquez discuss this weekend's free nature conference at Humboldt State.

• (Saturday, July 28, 2012) Paddling the Six Rivers

Episode from 7/18/12 - - Explore Six Rivers paddlers are finishing up their journey this Sunday. - Juvenile Brown Pelicans and fish oil - Brent Whitner from Humboldt Waste Management Authority updates us on the Single-use plastic bag ban in Humboldt

• (Wednesday, July 25, 2012) EIR of Your Surf Session

Researcher Tobias Schultz of Sustainable Surf discusses the environmental impact of the surfing lifestyle and Beth Werner reveals her genetic identity.

Beth Werner checks in from yet another government meeting in which she and other trail advocates are in the bizarre position of having to prove how sensible a bay trail could be. Larry Goldberg previews the 2012 Plan It Green conference and discusses Humboldt's strengths and weaknesses for future changes. Beth talks about the Crescent City harbor and it's post-tsunami progress.

Casi Calloway of Mobile Baykeeper shares her thoughts on the Restore Act, BP's current activities, and the unparalleled softness of Alabama's beach sand. Beth reminds us all to bring a garbage bag to the beach for fireworks cleanup.

• (Wednesday, June 6, 2012) MLPA: Rounding Third

Ocean Conservancy's Jennifer Savage discusses today's make-or-break Marine Life Protection Act meeting just minutes before it commences. Will NorCal's unified voice be formally heard by Fish & Game? Baykeeper's Beth Werner high-fives the Eureka City Council for getting started on a new bay trail. Ocean Night and the Sand Sculpture Festival are enthusiastically plugged.

• (Wednesday, May 16, 2012) Waterfront Trail Update, + Cleanupdates

Eureka City Council is faced with an easy decision to put a multi-purpose trail along another stretch of Eureka waterfront. Will they do it? Also, sin-absolvement opportunities abound for recovering littererbugs.

• (Wednesday, March 28, 2012) Tsunami Test: What It Do

Troy Niccolini of the National Weather Service walks through the machinations of today's Tsunami Warning Test. What worked, what didn't, and how to help improve the system.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012) Prey Tell

Local marine biologist Adam Brown has been tagging & tracking Great White Sharks on the north coast & around the world. Turns out, they're in some surprisingly inconvenient places for people. Also, he addresses the claim that sharks are attracted to human urine.

A crash course in our local crab fisheries, led by Humboldt Bay Harbor District Harbor District conservation biologist Dan Berman. Why was the season delayed? How important is crabbing to Humboldt Bay's harbor? Can it be sustained? Why can you only eat the legs of crab?

• (Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012) Saving Widow White Creek

Jen Kalt exalts the people working to fix McKinleyville's Widow White Creek. Much of its watershed is in “dense urban” development. As such, it no longer hosts spawning Coho, Steelhead, or Cutthroat. Between HSU's “all star” restoration expert Allison Purcell-O'Dowd, heavy lifting by RCAA, and monitoring by Humboldt Baykeeper, Widow White Creek is on a path to its former glory. Deadhead Bonus Points: Find out if Beth Werner or Jen Kalt are familiar with “The Phil Zone.”

• (Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011) A Day Without (Disposable) Bags

Arcata uses three to five MILLION plastic bags a year? What the what?! Today's Coastal Currents featured Humboldt Baykeeper's Vanessa Vasquez and Humboldt Surfrider's MJ Mazurek. Tomorrow is Day Without a (disposable) Bag. From 11AM – 1PM, Humblodt Baykeeper and Surfrider will have tables at four grocery stores in Humboldt asking shoppers to forgo disposable bags. According to an HSU study: “The amount of energy used for 3,000,000 bags is equal to over 1,000 one way trips to San Francisco in a 2010 Chevy Tahoe.”

• (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011) Annie & Mary Rail

Cliff and Emily talk with Merrit Perry about progress and challenges on the Annie And Mary Rail Trail

• (Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011) Save The Leatherbacks

Chuck DeWitt of Humboldt Baykeeper and Project Tortuga invites you, the do-gooding, sun-loving, turtle enthusiast south of the border for a good cause.

• (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) Safety Corridor Of Broken Dreams

So, the Safety Corridor isn't safe enough, which means CalTrans has to fix it with stoplights and an overpass, which means they have a plan that might kinda smash some bayside marsh turf and disenfranchise the bike community. Right?

• (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011) Photos On The Radio

Charles “Flip” Nicklin is giving a presentation tonight at the Van Duzer Theater. Widely regarded as the world’s leading cetacean photographer, Flip Nicklin grew up around his father’s small dive shop on the California coast. He went on to become National Geographic’s premiere whale photographer and marine mammal specialist. Over the last quarter century Flip has photographed more than thirty species of whales and dolphins, some so endangered their very survival is in question. In 2001 he co-founded Whale Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education.

• (Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011) Up Close To The Whale

HSU professor Dawn Goley & her students were with the Klamath whale almost daily since June. She talks frankly about the recovery effort, the calf, the whale's final hours, and lessons learned.

• (Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011) Clean Water Act II: The Gutting

So, what's Mike Thompson's view on maybe exempting pesticide usage near public waterways from the Clean Water Act? Also, and any chance we could maybe exempt logging road sediment from the Clean Water Act, too? Find out if Beth Werner can persuade a lazy DJ to write to Senator Boxer.

• (Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011) For Those About To Rock

Camel Rock/Houda Point: CCC, Surfrider Humboldt, & Trinidad Coastal Land Trust were about to mortar a new patio during their improvement jamboree. Mysteriously, the requisite rocks vanished, & with them the dreams of a boffo place for a sunset picnic. The rocks really would've tied the patio together, & TCLT just wants them back, please.

• (Wednesday, July 27, 2011) Pete Nichols' Legacy

Pete & Mike wax nostalgic on Pete's tenure with Coastal Currents/Humboldt Baykeeper while HR changes the alarm codes & burns his security badge. Have times changed in the seven years since Baykeeper launched? Do people finally care about dioxin or know what “MLPA” stands for? What will Pete do for the Waterkeeper alliance? BONUS: find out who Pete (a redhead) thinks is the most attractive (non-Pete) redhead.

• (Wednesday, July 13, 2011) Mad River Rights

HBMWD prez/non-hippie Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Baykeeper's Beth Werner discuss renewed outside interested in Mad River Water. (Engineering note: KSB's phone is distorted for the first minute, then fixed. Our bad.)

• (Monday, July 11, 2011) Happy World Oceans Day

Baykeeper's Beth Werner updates us on the MLPA process, the proposed Styrofoam ban, and Baykeeper boat rides!