Fatally Consistent HABs

Posted by: Chris Laughlin


One of my favorite sea critters, the brown pelican, has been .  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 .  Not to mention that HABs has and will again . 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 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

March 22nd

April 22nd

June: National Oceans Month

June 5th -

June 8thWorld Ocean Day

June 8th – 11th

June 20thInternational Surfing Day

August 25th – 29th

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