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
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November 12, 2015

Join us Monday, Nov. 16th!

We’re holding our November Chapter Meeting on Monday, November 16th. We’re talking beach access, the Surfrider Skatepark, and much more. Join us!

What: Surfrider November Chapter Meeting

Who: Everyone!

When: November 16th, 6:30pm

More: More information!

 

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October 7, 2015

Calling All Volunteers!

We have lots of opportunities for volunteers, and we need your help!

Beach Access Committee: Tired of no-trespassing signs on your beach? Then this is the committee for you! We’re working on improving beach access for everyone in the Emerald Coast area.

Chapter Executive Committee: Become a member of the leadership team! Positions on the Executive Committee include: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator. Help grow the chapter, plan campaigns, organize events and build the future of the Emerald Coast Chapter!

Beach Cleanup Organizer: Do you have a passion for picking up plastic? We are looking for beach cleanup organizers. We’ll bring the gloves and buckets, you pick the beach and help get out the word!

If you’re interested in serving in any capacity, email Holly to learn more!

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September 28, 2015

Every Day is Beach Clean Up Day!

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September 10, 2015

Upcoming Events

September 23rd: Beach Access Committee Meeting
Destin Surf Hut, 6pm Central

September 24th: Fall Kickoff Chapter Meeting
Pizza by the Sea- Gulf Place, 6pm Central

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September 8, 2015

September E-Newsletter!

Did you miss our latest e-newsletter? Follow the link for more information!

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August 25, 2015

Call for volunteers!

It’s back to school time and we’re getting back to work after a great summer of sun and sand! We are actively recruiting volunteers to serve on committees and our Executive Committee. Please consider volunteering to help grow our chapter and our capacity!

Beach Access Committee

Rise Above Plastics Committee

Beach Monitoring Coalition

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June 25, 2015

Oil Spill Science Presentations

Sea Grant Oil Presentations

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June 24, 2015

New Coastal Monitoring Training Session!

The Surfrider Foundation’s Emerald Coast Chapter is partnering with knowledgeable and experienced coastal monitoring experts to bring you a first of its kind training session. Find out important information on endangered coastal species, beach pollution, coastal erosion, post-storm observations, and oil related impacts.

What: Beach monitoring training session
When: Saturday, July 18th, 9:30-11:00a.m.
Where: Perdido Key Visitor’s Center & Chamber of Commerce
15500 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32507
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Who: Everyone!

 

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May 28, 2015

International Surfing Day

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Join the Emerald Coast Chapter and Fluid Surf Shop as we celebrate International Surfing Day on June 20th!

WHAT: International Surfing Day Celebration: pot luck BBQ, picnic, and beach evening, surf, SUP, skim.

WHERE: Seashore Beachwalk, 530 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa Island at County Beach Access #3)

WHEN: June 20th, 6pm ’till….

WHO: Everyone! Bring your friends and family!

Learn more…

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April 17, 2015

Coastal Monitoring Coalition

Participate in a free, fun beach monitoring training session and be a part of citizen science!

What: Beach monitoring training session
When: Saturday, April 18th, 10am-12pm
Where: Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center
260 Clubhouse Drive,
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Who: Everyone!

The Surfrider Foundation’s Emerald Coast Chapter is partnering with knowledgeable and experienced coastal monitoring experts to bring you a first of its kind training session. Find out important information on endangered coastal species, beach pollution, coastal erosion, post-storm observations, and oil related impacts. Here’s a look at what to expect:

Petty Officer Paul Burnett, USCG
Our current DWH responder will discuss how to report a pollution indecent to the NRC. He will share photos of unique coastal species and how to properly report injured or dead marine life.

Joey Whibbs
Former DEP SCAT member with exceptional oil spill response experience. Joey will share his extensive knowledge regarding oil spills. He will also discuss the differentiation between oil, peat, discolored sand, and other frequently misreported substances.

Roy Collins

Roy Collins with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management will present post response monitoring efforts which will include impacted areas along Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Ft. Morgan. He will have samples of current oil removed from the beaches so attendees can understand what the current weathered oil from the 2010 incident looks like today.

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Chapter leaders will share information regarding other common sources of beach pollution, including threats to the health of our oceans and sea life by plastics, cigarette butts, balloons, cans,  fishing line, etc. They will introduce you to a mobile app that can facilitate the reporting of pollution and wildlife concerns.

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