The NEC Coastal Programs staff has been making the most of spring and summer event opportunities, from participating in the annual Redwood Environmental Education Fair to winning the “Staff Pick” at this year’s Friends of the Dunes’ Sand Sculpture Fest with our marine debris-themed “N E Sea Monster.” Highlights include a May standing-room-only Ocean Night showing of DamNation in collaboration with Friends of the Eel River and Cal Trout, Coastal Education Specialist Justin Zakoren sharing the watershed model interactive display at both Redwood Coast Montessori’s Ocean Discovery Night and Trinidad School’s Ocean Day, tabling at the Sustainable Living Fair and the Oyster Festival.
(Re)Design Sea Creature
The NEC is partnering with SCRAP’s Tibora Gyrzyc-Blum to build a Washed Ashore-inspired marine debris sculpture. Washed Ashore is an educational project based in Bandon, OR, that creates amazing sea creatures made from gathered beach trash. Our creature will also be used to educate our community about the harms of plastics and other pollution to sea life. A series of creature building workshops began in July at SCRAP Humboldt’s (Re)Workshop. Be part of the art! Click here for more information!
Ocean Night - Aug.7
Join the NEC, Humboldt Baykeeper and Surfrider Humboldt for the North Coast premiere of Angel Azul, a new film that explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor’s innovative art creates artificial coral reefs from statues cast from live models. Experts provide facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. For more information on the film and Ocean Night, visit www.yournec.org.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Planning for Coastal Cleanup Day is underway! If you know a business that would like to sponsor Coastal Cleanup Day, email Coastal Programs Director Jennifer Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to volunteer or be a team captain? Email Brandon Drucker at email@example.com.
Ocean Night in September (date to be determined) will be a rallying event for Coastal Cleanup Day and the October Ocean Night will be a big thank-you-volunteers-and-sponsors party! We hope you will join us!
For more information about Coastal Cleanup Day, click here.
Leading the way
The NEC serves as a regional lead for both the Ocean Communicators Alliance (a statewide partnering of ocean professionals and organizations) and the MPA County Collaborative (one of five regional partnerships between ocean users).
In addition to KHSU 90.5 FM’s The EcoNews Report (Thurdays at 1:30 p.m.), NEC Coastal Programs news can be found weekly on the Lost Coast Outpost’s “Your Week in Ocean” and KHUM 104.7 FM’s Coastal Currents (Wednesdays at noon). Recent topics include the deluge of seal and sea lion pups at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, the pulse of Japanese tsunami skiffs washing ashore, ocean acidification, marine protected areas (MPAs), beach cleanups and more!