Emerald Coast Chapter

We are the beach people. The surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen, swimmers, beach runners, and walkers. We are activists who want to protect the ocean environment, and our access to it! The ocean and beaches are our playground! More Details
April 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

Surfrider Foundation Oil Study -Reports Available For Download!

Use these links to download the report:

(2 page) Media Quick Summary

(21 page) Narrative Report,

(200 page) Full Report.

The Emerald Coast Chapter is proud to release the findings of our “State of the Beach” long term research study (linked above).

For the past two years, we have been diligently monitoring our beaches and assessing the impact of dispersed oil product from the BP Oil Disaster.  During the past year, our chapter volunteers (Susan, Jack, Tony, Mike, and others) partnered with coastal geologist Rip Kirby.  Together, we have collected from Gulf beaches greater than 70 unique samples and examined over 1,800 analytes.

We have returned to contaminated beach locations In Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi for follow up sampling.  This frequent sampling has enabled us to determine if toxic concentrations of tar product are present and if the levels are diminishing over time.

Along the way, our volunteers also helped to develop new, rapid, cost effective,  and reliable technology for locating and removing tar product on our beaches.  We have aided the Unified Command, Coast Guard, and restoration operations with frequent reporting of contamination and sharing of our technological discoveries.

Our members have conducted underwater scuba assessments off the coast of Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties.  We have also flown several aerial reconnoissance missions to assess beach impacts, search for submerged tarmats, and spot for surface oil.  All of these done by volunteers and paid for by donations, largely from surfers and the surf related industry.

Members of our chapter have participated in countless local, state, and federal meetings.  In our efforts to highlight the need for better research and to support bringing restoration fine money to the affected states, we have traveled as far as Washington D.C. where we met with representatives of Congress and the House of Representatives.

During our two year effort, we made our data publicly available online to anyone who cared to review it.  Understandably, it is an enormous amount of data to digest and there is so much more to glean from the endeavor than the data alone can convey.  We are pleased to share with you what we have learned.

This research was made possible by many public donations, collections taken up by surfers in Surfrider chapters around the Nation,  and the heartfelt support of two ocean loving companies, Patagonia and O’Neill.  The Norcross Foundation helped to get the ball rolling by coming through quickly and providing grants to assist with equipment needs. Timing was so important; these people and companies really stepped up and pitched in.

Together, we have made a significant contribution to the science of oil disaster response and remediation.  With that science, we are now a bit better prepared for future disasters and certainly better informed of the long term beach toxicity inflicted by oil and dispersants.

Please share our report with others who may also be interested in healthy beaches!  

April 16, 2012

Other Oil and Dispersant Research Study Links

New England Journal of Medicine and BP Oil Spill


NIOSH standards regarding exposure to certain tar substances.

CANCER warning  includes Lung, Kidney and Skin Cancer.
Via phenanthrene family: pyrene, phenanthrene, acridine, chrysene, anthracene & benzo(a)pyrene).
Yet has any research been done regarding exposure to Corexit covered tar product/ MC252.
PHENANTHRENES-which is lingering in Gulf tar balls.
BP oil not degrading- AUBURN UNIV STUDY Sept 2011:

AUBURN SAND STUDY 2011:
Vibrio Vulnificus pathogen in Gulf of Mexico tarballs:
AUBURN STUDY on Vibrio Vulnificus in tar balls from N. Gulf Coast:
OIL entered the food chain/zooplankton:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120320142100.htm

NOAA explains that dolphins will indicate ocean and human health:

SEAGRANT found that dolphins share 13 chromosomes as humans- can they determine health issues? 

Sublethal effects of BP spill:
ithaca.edu/hs/depts/envstudies/docs/studentpubs/gulfoilspillmag.pdf

Oil deposits may have become a chronic source of low-level oil pollution within the spill-affected area-Valdez.
“Subsurface oil was also found at a lower tide height than expected (between 0 and 6 feet), in contrast to the surface oil, which was found mostly at the highest levels of the beach (Table 3).  This is significant, because the pits with the most oil were found low in the intertidal zone, closest to the zone of biological production, and indicate that our estimates are conservative at best.
Are pink salmon or herring injured because of continued intertidal contamination?  Are near shore predators, like otters or sea ducks, at risk because they prey in this zone?  Are the area’s subsistence users avoiding appropriate beaches, or are they avoiding all beaches?”

COREXIT WHITE PAPER:
April 14, 2012

Blackbells New Release: “Deep Blue” Itunes download benefit our research!

Surfrider / Blackbells -Deep Blue (music video) from Michael Sturdivant on Vimeo.

The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation continues to conduct independent research following the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Members of the band Blackbells recently performed on Pensacola Beach, FL. While on the beach, the band met with Surfrider members and discussed the lingering impacts of the disaster. After that meeting, Blackbells produced the song “Deep Blue” to express their feelings about the disaster.

Blackbells has offered to release the single on itunes and provide all proceeds from downloads to the local chapter of Surfrider. The video seen here is a compilation of photos taken by the chapter chairman Mike Sturdivant during the oil disaster. Learn more about the disaster, our non-profit foundation, and research at: SurfriderEmeraldCoast.org

April 14, 2012

Surfrider Press Conference to Announce Research Findings -Monday April, 16th 7pm

Please Join us  Monday April, 16th for a press conference at Ed Walline Park, 7pm, in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.  The Emerald Coast Chapter will be releasing the findings of our “State of the Beach” long term research study.

For the past two years, we have been diligently monitoring our beaches and assessing the impact of dispersed oil product from the BP Oil Disaster.  During the past year, our chapter volunteers (Susan, Jack, Mike, Tony, and others) partnered with USF Coastal Geologist Rip Kirby.  Together, we have collected from Gulf beaches greater than 70 unique samples and examined over 1,800 analytes.

We have returned to contaminated beach locations In Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi for follow up sampling.  This frequent sampling has enabled us to determine if toxic concentrations of tar product are present and if the levels are diminishing over time.

Along the way, our volunteers also helped to develop new, rapid, cost effective,  and reliable technology for locating and removing tar product on our beaches.  We have aided the Unified Command, Coast Guard, and restoration operations with frequent reporting of contamination and sharing of our technological discoveries.

Our members have conducted underwater scuba assessments off the coast of Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties.  We have also flown several aerial reconnoissance missions to assess beach impacts, search for submerged tarmats, and spot for surface oil.  All of these have been done by volunteers and paid for by donations, largely from surfers and the surf related industry.

Members of our chapter have participated in countless local, state, and federal meetings.  In our efforts to highlight the need for better research and to support bringing restoration fine money to the affected states, we have traveled as far as Washington D.C. where we met with representatives of Congress and the House of Representatives.

During our two year effort, we made our data publicly available online to anyone who cared to review it.  Understandably, it is an enormous amount of data to digest and there is so much more to glean from the endeavor than the data alone can convey.  We would like to share with you some of what we have learned.  Please join us.

(PDF of our press release here)

April 10, 2012

April Chapter Meeting -Wednesday April 11th

Join us for our April chapter meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. We will meet at Amore Pizza in Gulf Place. We are taking nominations for new board members and discussing plans for Earth Day, International Surfing Day, beach clean-ups, school programs and lots of other great projects. Join us and have fun while protecting the beach we all love!