Fatally Consistent HABs

Posted by: Chris Laughlin


One of my favorite sea critters, the brown pelican, has been washing up dead and dying along the California coast over the last few days.  A grimy ‘substance’ was reported washing off of the birds plumage, affecting their waterproofing, leading to hypothermia and starvation. The Oregon coast has recently reported the same deadly phenomenon, both link toxic algae as one of the culprits.   Sounds all too familiar (recall the deadly strain of toxic algae that killed thousands of seabirds along the Oregon and Washington coast last year?).  If you haven’t seen it yet, this touching film tells the tragic story beautifully.

Across the globe, toxic algae recently claimed the lives of two dogs in New Zealand, bringing back the memory of similar instances that occurred last year in the states.  Not to mention that HABs has and will again shut down fisheries, causing unemployment and illness, as well as millions of dollars. And, let’s not forget all of the massive fish kills caused by HABs.

Bottom line is, HABs are on the rise – we need to have legislation passed that will prevent and control devastating toxic algal blooms – before they become even worse.  Our efforts to pass the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2009 continue, and with some hard work and a little luck we will see its passage in 2010.  Please take a moment and ask your Congressmen/women to support this vital legislation.


Date Posted: February 17, 2010 @ 3:39 pm Comments Off

2010 dates to remember

Posted by: Chris Laughlin


Ocean champs, wanted to share with you some of the upcoming events and awareness days in 2010 – mark your calendars!  Please feel free to share in the comments other relevant dates you know of and we’ll add it to the list:

January 13thWear Blue for Oceans Day (thanks to everyone for supporting this awareness day for our National Ocean Policy!)

February 12th -LAST DAY to comment on the Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

March 22ndWorld Water Day

April 22ndEarth Day

June: National Oceans Month

June 5th - World Environment Day

June 8thWorld Ocean Day

June 8th – 11thCapitol Hill Oceans Week

June 20thInternational Surfing Day

August 25th – 29thMonterey Bay Aquarium’s ocean film festival

September 21Ocean Champions Annual DC Reception

October 10Long Bay Triathlon, South Carolina – sponsored by Ocean Champions

November 2Election Day – help us keep and elect Ocean Champions in Congress!

Date Posted: February 1, 2010 @ 12:02 pm Comments Off