April 16, 2018

“Smog of the Sea” Film Screening Event

At the April monthly meeting the TXCBC will be showing a screening of the film “The Smog of the Sea” pizza and soda will be provided.
The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.
After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?
Please join the TXCBC for our monthly meeting and this wonderful screening event on April 30th from 6-8PM in the NRC (our usual monthly meeting location, see monthly meeting tab on our website for more information). https://static1.squarespace.com/static/589119b2cd0f68047812ecd0/t/59458ebe9de4bb69d248d79e/1497730754176/Oniracom_JJM_SmogOfTheSea_ScreeningKit_V5.pdf
March 30, 2018

April Issue of The Bend Magazine: Pick Up a Copy Today!

Surfrider Making Waves on South Texas Beaches

Mar 30, 2018 05:00AM

By: Julieta Hernandez  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

Don’t mess with Texas beaches, is the mantra of the Surfrider Foundation, a movement where local surfer activists are able to find their voices. After witnessing the mass plastic pollution plaguing the ocean’s ecosystem, the grassroots organization started bringing attention to the cause through perseverance and direct action.

With a clear vision for the future of our ocean conditions, the Surfrider Foundation has been growing its chapter in the Coastal Bend area since 2005. They aim to create a more sustainable atmosphere and healthier ocean life. Cliff Schlabach, Chair and Neil McQueen, Vice Chair lead the local movement.
“(As surfers) we’ve seen a lot of things. We’re actually, literally immersed in the environment,” McQueen says.“That fires us up to want to make change and to change the environment.” The foundation focuses on multiple programs to encourage efforts for a cleaner coast, including its yearly Leo Garza Surf Camp for the Disabled, storm drain cleanups, and beach cleanup programs. The introduction of the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is one of the newer building blocks the Surfrider Foundation has laid since the inception

of its South Texas chapter.

“If you’re using less waste when eating, you’ll have less waste on the beaches,” explains Holly Thomas, Outreach Coordinator of the local Surfrider team. This is how the foundation introduces the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which aims to “focus on one restaurant, one customer at a time.” This plan calls attention to how restaurant products, such as Styrofoam cups and plastic straws, have begun drastically affecting marine stability.

To be certified as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, establishments must fulfill a certain number of criteria to reduce their environmental impact. Participating restaurants can meet these standards by using bio-degradable to-go boxes, not giving out a straw unless requested, and switching to more efficient energy and water systems. In turn, reducing waste levels can result in better-cost efficiency for restaurants involved
in the program.
“We’re directly on the coast here,” says Christie Irps, Coordinator of the program. “What we’re eating, all the products that we’re using: the plastic bags, the straws, the Styrofoam to-go boxes … it’s so close, everything ends up right out in the water.”
The greatest appeal of introducing restaurants to minimal waste products is the creation of demand for said products. Eventually these alternative products will become less expensive and more mainstream, smoothing the way for restaurants to transition to a less wasteful business model.
With a goal of 10 to 15 networks within the first year, the first restaurant in Corpus Christi, as well as Texas, to fully commit to the program is the Texas State Aquarium’s Pepsi Shoreline Grill. This establishment not only follows the recommended criteria but also all 10 of the potential criteria.
Members and potential members of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation continue to join in brainstorming new ways to push for ocean protective services. The group meets the last Monday of every month from 6-8pm at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
February 1, 2018

NEXT CHAPTER MEETING

 

NEXT MEETING: MONDAY, APRIL 30th, 2018 FROM 6-8 PM

LOCATION: ROOM 1003, NATURAL RESOURCES CENTER, TAMUCC

SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE FILM “THE SMOG OF THE SEA” 

DISCUSSION OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND AGENDA TOPICS

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2018

CHAPTER ACTIVITIES: April 2018

*April 7th “Earth Day Bay Day” 10AM-5PM: Heritage Park, Downtown Corpus Christi

*April 21st “Adopt-A-Beach Beach Clean Up” 8AM-12PM: Padre Bali Park

*April 21st “Science Saturday” 10AM-4PM TXCBC Speaking @1PM: Del Mar College, Garcia Science Building

*April 21st “Celebrating Earth Art Exhibition” 6PM-10PM: The Exchange

*April 22nd Earth Day @ Threads 12PM-6PM

*April 25th “Jack Johnson @ 360 Amphitheater”: Austin Texas

*April 30th Monthly Meeting 6PM-8PM: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi NRC

January 1, 2018

THANK YOU!

The Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous donations to our annual TXCBC Christmas party/fundraiser held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. All funds raised go toward supporting our Chapter’s current programs.

Donors listed in alphabetical order:

Adriana Leiva

Alison Funk

American Wine Connections

Benjamin’s Surf & Skate

Black Dog Sweets

Catfish Charlie’s

Debbie Noble

Emma Clarkson

Gill Landscape Nursery

Harrison’s Landing

Harte Research Institute

Island Day Spa

Island Time Sushi

John Olvey

Jon Steele

JMH Massage

Kacee Bones

Lorelei Brewing Co.

Michelle Haas

Pat & George Gardiner

Roy Heistermann

Sarah Searight

Saskia Short

Shelia Rogers Fine Art

Studio Be

Texas State Aquarium

Texas Surf Camps

The Exchange

The Nuss Family

Threads

Tropical Fish Haven

Wade Koniakowsky

Whitecap Liquor

Wind & Wave Water Sports

 

 

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