Happy Mid-February, all! Can you please how this year is flying by? We’ve got a few important announcements!

First, this year’s Ocean Day is coming up quickly! Ocean Day will convey a unified message from the ocean and coastal community that we hope will inspire decision-makers to work toward effective solutions aimed at protecting and restoring California’s iconic ocean and coastline. Join us in protecting our state’s ocean on Tuesday, March 19th in California’s State Capitol Building. Please RSVP to our event here and find out more about the history of Ocean Day, the organizations behind it and the issues we’re focusing on for 2019. Did you sign up for Ocean Day yet? Help us connect the coast to the Capitol – everything you need to know, plus registration, right here.

Additionally, February marked the Coastal Commission’s first hearing of the year. It took place at the Oceano Hotel & Spa in Half Moon Bay Harbor on Wednesday, February 6 through Friday, February 8. The meeting included important coastal issues: a harbor dredge project at Moss Landing Harbor and an appeal at Hollister Ranch. Notably, Commission enforcement staff gave a report on the success and effectiveness of their recently bestowed ability to leverage administrative fines under Coastal Act section 30821. For more information check out www.actcoastal.org and visit our ActCoastal YouTube page.

Also – did you hear? The New York Times Magazine featured Surfrider’s own Jennifer Savage and Delia Bense-Kang in their cover page story, The Fight for Gender Equality in One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth, last week. Access for all comes in many forms, which is why Surfrider proudly joined the effort for gender equity in surf contests. Huge props to all fighting for fairness!

Finally, just a reminder to be vigilant about water quality this weekend! Due to all the rain, many local governments are issuing water quality advisories. Check out our recent blog post for more information about issues in Southern California and don’t forget to check the reports in your area before getting in the ocean!