Join our campaigns to reduce the pollution in our waters and beaches!

Right now, we care about the Health of Puget Sound, Reducing our single use of plastics by RAP (Rise Above Plastics), Reducing the impacts of coal on our marine environment, and avoiding farmed salmon to reduce their negative impacts on humans and the environment!

Cherry Point needs your help!

SSA Marine along with several others are planning to export as much as 54 million tons of coal annually from the Powder River Basin and off our coast to China. Along with increasing global climate change, this proposed project could have extremely negative impacts on our marine environment, human health, traffic, economy, and overall well-being.

What can you do? Please follow this link to read and sign on to our letter. Our plan is to collect as many signatures from businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to protect our coast and show our Public Lands Commissioner that he cannot sign off the Department of Natural Resources lease at Cherry Point for a coal export terminal- the risks are too great!

OIL SPILL PREPAREDNESS: Please let your voice be heard today! Contact your Senator now!

We urge Surfrider supporters to call Senator Kevin Ranker (dist. 40) today to deliver this message:

Please support oil spill preparedness legislation!!
Many lessons can be drawn from the Gulf oil spill of 2010, among them the importance of being prepared for the large oil spill that will someday, inevitably, result from the 4,000 tankers that travel through the Strait of Juan de Fuca every year.  Washington is simply not prepared for The Big One. In 2004, Washington’s Department of Ecology concluded that a major oil spill would cost 165,000 jobs and $10.8 billion dollars in direct economic impacts. A major spill could even wipe out the resident orca population, blanketing productive fish spawning beaches with crude and circulating oil through the Sound for years to come.
Please take a few minutes to write a letter or call your state Senator to express your support for 2011 oil spill response legislation in the State of Washington. This legislation will require the five refineries in Washington State to help cover the cost of protecting our Sound from their risky business.

Stand Up For Wild Pacific Salmon!

The Pacific Northwest’s culture is centered around salmon, but open-net farmed Atlantic salmon are threatening our local runs through disease and competition.  If you enjoy our wild runs of salmon, whether it’s fishing for them, eating them, or just watching and admiring them come up Whatcom Creek and other local waterways, then please speak out for our salmon!

What are some problems open-net farmed salmon cause?

  • Rapid spread of Diseases: Sea Lice, Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis (IHN), Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA), Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)
  • All farmed salmon are Atlantic salmon, so the ones that escape from the open-pens compete with our local species for survival
  • Fishing down the food chain: depletes other fisheries to raise captive carnivores
  • Create lots of pollution: excess feed and fish waste, along with toxic anitfouling paints and other chemicals exposed to our coastal environments
  • Most profits from the fish farms goes over seas, often devastating local towns and economies both physically and psychologically all over the world
  • Wild salmon are healthier to eat! Less fat content, no added antibiotics, lower on accumulated toxics such as mercury, and no added dyes to brighten the color of their flesh!

Ways you can help our wild salmon:

  • Learn More!
  • Ask “Is it wild?” everytime you buy salmon, at grocery stores and restaurants
  • Write a letter to Grocery Stores and Distributors
  • Write a letter to Politicians
  • Encourage wild salmon and closed containment systems such as hatcheries with clean environmental practices
  • Support places that do sell wild salmon
  • Help out with your local Regional Fishery Enhancement Group today! Visit the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s web page and see what you can do to help restore wild salmon populations in Whatcom County!

Addresses to send Letters to Grocery Stores and Distributors (click here for some examples):

Darden Restaurants Inc: (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capitol Grille, Bahama Breeze Island Grille, Seasons 52) Click here for list of Board of Directors to send letters to: P.O. Box 695011, Orlando, FL 32869-5011

Costco Wholesaler: Ms. Donna Schell, Fresh Food Buying, 999 Lake Drive, Issaquah, WA 98027

Safeway Inc.: (Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Von’s) Mr. Brian Dowling, VP Public Affairs, P.O. Box 99, Pleasanton, CA 94566-0009

Kroger Co.: (Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Smith Food & Drug, Quality Food Centers) Mr. Brendon Cull, Corporate Affairs Department, 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1100

Trader Joe’s: Mr. Matt Sloan, Vice President Merchandising, 800 S. Shamrock Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market: (Tesco) Ms. Denise Webster, Seafood Buyer 2120 Park Pl., El Segundo, CA 90245

Supervalu: (Acme, Albertsons, bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s, Shop ‘n Save, Shopper’s Food & Pharmacy) Mr. Duncan MacNaughton, Exec. VP Merch. and Marketing, 11840 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344

People to Write:

Stephen Harper, Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A0A2

Marine Harvest ASA, Postboks 1086 Sentrum, 0104 Norway

Legislative Information Center, Gerry Sheehan, Coordinator, 106 Legislative Building, Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Jens Stoltenberg, The Office of the Prime Minister, P.O. Box 8001 dep., (NO-)0030 Oslo, Norway

Patty Murray, 173 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510

Maria Cantwell, 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washingoton D.C. 20510

Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda

Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda was a success!  With many supporters, the action agenda was passed on December 1, 2008.  On a more recent note, EPA finally approved the action agenda on July 15, 2009.  “With the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval yesterday of the Action Agenda to protect and restore Puget Sound, a foundation has been set that will ensure greater federal attention is paid to this critical effort.” (Puget Sound Partnership).

Way to go everyone!!!

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