Category Archives: Ocean

Give a Shuck about the Oceans! June 8 at Hog Island

Mark you calendars! June 8th is World Oceans Day and Hog Island Oyster Co. is celebrating with their next dine and donate, Let’s Give A Shuck for the Oceans!

Nothing is more important to the Hog Island team, then the health of our oceans. That’s why they have chosen to donate 10% of their proceeds to Humboldt BayKeeper – a Northern California organization that works to safeguard coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay.

Join the Hog Island Oyster Co. team for a day of dining and donating and help Give A Shuck for Our Oceans!

Fisheries and Location

NATIONAL FISHERMAN: When is menhaden like a mortgage?

April 7, 2017 — The following is an excerpt from an article published today by Jessica Hathaway of National Fisherman:

What do forage fish and real estate have in common? Location, location, location.
A new study led by University of Washington fishery science Professor Ray Hilborn reveals some surprising relationships between predator success and prey abundance.

The paper, “When does fishing forage species affect their predators?” was published Monday in the journal Fisheries Research in response to the 2012 Lenfest Report, which set the recent standard for forage fish management by asserting that an across-the-board reduction in the commercial harvest of forage fish would result in higher numbers of fish species that prey on them.

“It looked reasonable that if you appropriate half of the production of a prey species by a fishery that you can’t support so much production of predators,” said Carl Walters, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. “That seemed perfectly reasonable. It was just wrong.”

According to this study, prey species follow the real estate principle of investing in prime locations. When forage fish are abundant, the research shows, their population spreads over a wider area, creating smaller subpockets around a core reproduction zone. When they’re in low abundance, they retract to the core region. Successful predators keep their breeding grounds close to that core region, maintaining access to food even in times of low prey biomass.

Read the full story at National Fisherman

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Prepare for Hurricane Season with LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lights!

With hurricane season upon us, it’s time to get prepared. We hear story after story of people without power, in the dark with dead flashlights and no candles, with nowhere to turn. So this year, prepare your house and family before a serious storm or hurricane strikes.

luminaid

YOU TUBE – See how it works

   It looks like a glowing pillow, it can be deflated, and its easy to pack.

 

 

Listed below are 5 tips to keep you and your family safe:

1. Check your food and water supply — Bottled water and packaged/canned food are the best in case your power goes out.

2. Check your source of lighting — Often people think they have enough batteries or candles to outlast the hurricane, but an easier and more sustainable source of light is the LuminAID solar-powered inflatable light. The LuminAID comes fully charged, so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.  You won’t have to hold it like a flashlight, and it will last for over 16 hours! Its lightweight and compact design makes it easy for re-charging for hundreds of uses.

3. Reinforce your entryways — High gusts of wind and floating debris can easily break windows. Make sure you reinforce doors, windows, garage doors, skylights, and fireplace flues.

4. Have your things ready to go — If you need to leave in a hurry, make sure you’re prepared. Place all your important items in or around one bag. Wallet, cash, cell phone, car keys, first aid kit, a road map to your destination, etc. Keep these sealed in a leak-proof bag or at least a ziplock.

5. Prepare your family — Make sure each family member is aware of how dangerous a hurricane can be.  In the event your family needs to evacuate, you do not want anyone left behind or uninformed.

 

AND … this amazing company has a Get Light, Give light program for disaster areas. You can use this light in MANY different ways, Camping, Illuminating a pool or hazard, on a car trip…. it is very versatile.   — the editor

About The LuminAID:
The LuminAID is a solar-powered light that packs flat, charges on the go, and inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof lantern. Originally designed by two architecture students to provide comfort and safety for victims of an emergency, the LuminAID provides up to sixteen hours of LED light and is rechargeable. weighing just under 3 ounces, it is an ideal light source for recreational use outdoors, emergency aid, or in the home or garden. LuminAID lights have been used all over the world in emergency situations and after disasters.

The LuminAID can be purchased at www.luminaid.com for $19.95.  “Give Light, Get Light” packages are also available.

Screening on 6/6 of Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West

Recology is very proud to host a screening of “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West,” produced by REDFORD CENTER AND Kontent Films based in San Francisco. Writer/director Mark Decena will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

5:30-6:00: Refreshments/light snacks

6:00-6:15: Introduction/comments by Mark Decena of Kontent Films

6:00-7:00: Documentary Film –  Watershed, executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford

7:00-7:15     Q & A

Location: 900 7th St. San Francisco (a few blocks from the train station), parking is available  in the lot.   DIRECTIONS 

Recology always has enjoyable, informative events, get on their email list for advanced notices.

This film is inspiring, beautifully filmed with loads of details and information. The speakers represent many different viewpoints of how the conservation of water affects them and their communities. You’ll be surprised by some of the adaptions and enjoy the passion of these stories. Very well done! Enjoy watching this great film by Mark Decena.  — the editor

In this documentary film, restoration workers, fisherman and ranchers discuss the future of the most diverted river in the world — the Colorado River. Man’s impact on this critical resource has come at a cost: the river runs dry in parts it hasn’t before, and huge populations are dependent on its water. The story of the Colorado River is in many ways the story of water in the West. And the challenges continue as we struggle with droughts and increased demand for this most precious resource.

What to do: Tickets to this event are free. Please join us. To reserve your tickets, follow the EventBrite instructions.

Together we can help protect the environment.

Recology. Waste Zero.

Baker Beach in SF: Monthly Beach Cleanup

Join the  Surfrider Foundation and green team members from Wells Fargo, Autodesk and happy local San Francisco beach-lovers for a beach cleanup at San Francisco’s Baker Beach.  It’s a monthly event, take a look at their calendar. Baker Beach is near the Presidio, with awesome views of the Golden Gate bridge. Bring a group, carpool, have a great outing and do some good!

The next great event:

World Ocean Day – San Francisco Bay Area
Wed, June 8, 12am – Thu, June 9, 12am

This cleanup is a monthly event, schools come out, moms and kids, folks with dogs all hoist a bucket and walk the beach and dunes picking up trash, keep plastics from being consumed by sea animals and showing we all care about our ocean.

More about Autodesk: they have a great free museum!

More about  San Francisco Surfrider

The San Francisco chapter of the Surfrider Foundation consists of over 1,200 members throughout the Bay Area. We are surfers, windsurfers, dog walkers, environmentalists, fishermen and more. Many members of Surfrider are organized into sub-committees; many are involved with other organizations; and many act on their own when they find the time.

Our chapter consists entirely of volunteers looking to make a difference. We are an organized group, and together with other non-profit, government and private organizations, we can and do effect change in our local area.

Learn more at Surfrider.org.

Be a Sea Star!

BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES?

5 WAYS AQUARIUM OF THE BAY MAKES IT MORE EXCITING

Aquarium of the Bay Provides Conservation Education to Students Around the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 17, 2015 – For most students, the beginning of the school year means sitting behind a desk and staring at a chalkboard. But for students across the Bay Area, there’s hope, thanks to a variety of free programs offered by Aquarium of the Bay. With these science-based learning experiences, students and teachers can pick a day to trade in the chalk for sea stars and baby trout, boat rides and plankton trawls. The summer heat just got cooler!

Aquarium of the Bay’s programs help start conversations about important subjects like climate change, marine debris and plastic pollution, and sustainable seafood, among other conservation related issues. These programs allow students K-12 to discover the amazing world of San Francisco Bay through firsthand exploration, making the learning experience unique, exciting, and most importantly, memorable. Each year, more than 25,000 Bay Area school kids, teachers, and chaperones are learning – and retaining – valuable lessons about their role in the health of natural ecosystems with the help of animal ambassadors and trained Aquarium Naturalists. Even better, all programs are aligned to the California State Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and include STEM and conservation education activities.

Take a look at these 5 ways Aquarium of the Bay is making back to school more enjoyable:

Aquarium Exploration Tours – Experience a different kind of school when you explore beneath the Bay with sharks, bat rays, and swirling schools of anchovies. Students embark on a guided tour through the Aquarium’s galleries, participating in scientific observation and exploration, all while learning about ways they can help protect the Bay and the animals that call it home.
Discover the Bay – Steady your sea legs for this unique learning opportunity on the Bay. This program lets 5th-8th grade students travel aboard the nation’s first Hybrid Ferry – a boat that uses energy from solar and wind power – for a hands-on introduction to how experts measure the health of a marine environment. Students learn about ocean chemistry (drawing water samples to measure salinity, density, and turbidity), watersheds, hybrid energy, and how to make scientific observations.
BayMobile – If you can’t come to the Aquarium, the Aquarium will come to you! The BayMobile is a mobile classroom that brings live animal ambassadors – like sea stars, turtles, and snakes – and hands-on experiments to schools around the Bay Area, making climate change tangible and easy to understand for all K-12 age groups. The BayMobile inspires students to be passionate about the environment and the animals impacted by climate change.
Project WATERS – Turn your 5th-8th-grade classroom into your own aquarium with Project WATERS. Project WATERS allows students to raise trout from eggs into young fish within their own classroom, and then take a field trip to release them into Lake Merced. This program is enriched by additional experiences provided by Aquarium of the Bay, and helps students learn about the value of aquatic environments and how their own actions can affect our natural resources.
Sea Lion Center Programs – If fish aren’t your thing, try a class from the Aquarium’s sister organization, the Sea Lion Center. The Sea Lion Center is located on PIER 39 right next to San Francisco’s world-famous sea lions and has a dedicated classroom space where students can practice their scientific skills and get involved with interactive, hands-on activities. Experience this unique learning environment, where a colony of playful sea lions are romping right outside.
For more information about Aquarium of the Bay’s and the Sea Lion Center’s education programs, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org/teachers.

About Aquarium of the Bay:

Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Located next to the iconic San Francisco Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Dedicated to the diverse marine life and ecosystems of the Bay, Aquarium of the Bay is home to nearly 30,000 animals found in San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information is available at www.aquariumofthebay.org.

POWER PLANT POLLUTION

NEW REPORT: EPA MUST PROTECT DRINKING WATER AND DOWNSTREAM COMMUNITIES FROM POWER PLANT POLLUTION

Health benefits of a strong rule worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year

Washington, D.C. – Power plants discharge more than 5.5 billion pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways every year, contributing to the contamination of more than 23,000 miles of rivers and 185 water bodies whose fish are too toxic to eat.

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weighs the nation’s first limits on toxic water pollution from power plants — due in September — a new report details the damage caused by the wastewater and the need for strong regulations to protect public health.

The report, “Selling Our Health Down the River,” presents evidence that EPA has been under-estimating the public health benefits of controlling metals including arsenic and hexavalent chromium (which can increase the risk of cancer), as well as lead and mercury (which can cause brain damage) released by power plants into rivers, streams, and lakes.

While EPA has estimated that controlling these pollutants would provide $14 million to $20 million worth of health benefits per year, a more accurate assessment would likely far exceed $300 million annually, according to the report, which was written by Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Environmental Integrity Project, Sierra Club, Earthjustice and Clean Water Action.

“EPA has a historic opportunity to update Clean Water Act protections and to make sure our nation’s drinking water systems and their consumers aren’t bearing the burden and footing the bill to clean up coal plant water pollution,” said Clean Water Action Water Programs Director Jennifer Peters. “EPA must put the prevention of contamination and public health protection  before the interests of an industry that has had a free pass to poison our nation’s waters for decades.”

The current wastewater pollution guidelines for power plants have not been updated since 1982 and do not restrict discharges of heavy metals, despite the fact that the electric power industry is responsible for the majority of toxic water pollution from industrial sources.

“For more than 30 years, power plants have dumped toxic chemicals into our waters, even though there are laws on the books that require the industry to clean up its act,” said Thom Cmar, Earthjustice’s lead attorney on this issue.  “This report shows the EPA the enormous benefits of finally righting this wrong, and why cleaning-up the nation’s biggest water polluters is a no-brainer.”

The proposed rule, formally the Effluent Limitations Guidelines for the Steam Electric industry, or “ELG,” contains a menu of options that the agency is considering.  The authors of the report urge the EPA to choose the strongest possible protections against water toxics from power plants, which are outlined in the agency’s proposal as options 4 and 5. Both would eliminate almost all heavy metal water pollution from the industry.

“Strong clean water laws are about a child’s right to grow up healthy and holding polluters accountable for decades of toxic dumping,” said Casey Roberts, an author of the report and staff attorney at the Sierra Club. “As things stand today, thousands of lives are unnecessarily put at risk due to outdated policies and irresponsible polluters. In September, EPA has a chance to change that for the better.”

“Coal-burning power plants are pouring poisonous heavy metals into our waterways. These toxic substances – like mercury, lead and arsenic – are putting at risk the health of our children and the developing brains of our babies”, said Barbara Gottlieb, Director of Environment and Health at Physicians for Social Responsibility. “We need robust, effective protection from the EPA to get this dangerous pollution under control.”

The benefits to public health, downstream communities, and the economy justify the largest possible reduction of toxic discharges.  Unfortunately EPA’s analysis only estimated the economic value of three specific human health benefits.  EPA disregarded the positive impact of, among other things, safer drinking water and fish that are safer to eat in waterways downstream from power plants.   When the full range of benefits is taken into account, the strongest possible regulations are justified.

“Americans will be much healthier because of this rule, and that has a huge economic benefit,” said Abel Russ, the lead author of the report and Attorney at Environmental Integrity Project.?”If you add it all up, looking at the human health benefits alone, the rule will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic value each year.”

For a copy of the report, visit: http://bit.ly/1ff7wmD

Congresswoman Lois Capps

WASHINGTON, DC—League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement following the announcement that Rep. Lois Capps will retire at the end of this term:

 “Congresswoman Capps is a proven environmental champion who has worked tirelessly to protect California’s coast, combat climate change and grow our clean energy economy. Her stellar voting record has earned her an impressive 96% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. She has built a legacy of commonsense solutions that have helped make her district, her state and our country cleaner, healthier and more sustainable.”

CuriOdyssey

CuriOdyssey was founded in 1954 as the San Mateo County Junior Museum it was a great place with hands-on exhibits and a huge park to play.

Later, its name was changed to  Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education.  It’s mission continued — bring science education to the children of the area. With animals to touch and questions to ask, children have gotten engaged in science and enjoyed this great center for decades.

The center offers children a comprehensive introduction to the sciences.  CuriOdyssey serves nearly 150,000 visitors each year through interactive exhibits, up-close wildlife encounters, and dynamic science education programs that give children authentic learning experiences that help develop an appreciation of the role of science in their lives.

CuriOdyssey’s newest exhibit, Backyard Science, removes science from the lab and gives it a home in CuriOdyssey’s gardens. Experiment with ambient sound tubes, listen with a giant ear, and test what it’s like to have “superhuman” vision! Kids of all ages can experience scientific phenomena through these curiosity-inspiring, hands-on exhibits.

AND…. neighboring Coyote Park is a great place to picnic, take a walk and fly kites.

Great Horned Owl

You can get involved with this wonderful place in many ways! You can adopt an animal!

If you are interested, there are volunteer opportunities here, for upkeep and maintenance, cleaning the shoreline, talking to the kids and greeting guests.

Address
CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
School Groups
Phone: (650) 340-7598
Scheduler(at)CuriOdyssey.org
Main Number
Phone: (650) 342-7755
Fax: (650) 342-7853
Info(at)CuriOdyssey.org