Pacific Ocean coast

The Pacific Coast is a diverse habitat, essential for wildlife and for people who depend on coastal waters for recreation and even their livelihoods.

The Pacific Coast offers some of the world’s most spectacular ocean vistas, from the dramatic cliffs of California’s Big Sur to the forested bluffs and rocky beaches of Oregon and Washington.

Magnificent animals like the migrating gray whale travel the length of the coast. Sea otters and harbor seals charm tourists. And beneath the surface lie natural wonders like life-filled giant kelp forests and underwater canyons.

Ocean Conservancy is working to support a healthy Pacific Coast  that provides not only habitat for fish, birds and wildlife, but also recreational and income opportunities for countless individuals and communities.

Pacific Ocean coast

Pacific Ocean coast

Marine Protected Areas: Our Underwater Parks

Like parks on land, marine protected areas give ocean life and habitats the breathing room to become more resilient in the face of challenges like overfishing and pollution.

Ocean Conservancy has worked for many years to help California achieve the first-ever statewide network of marine protected areas. Science shows that these protected areas will improve biodiversity, bring back economically important fisheries and support overall ocean health.

Popularity Stresses Legendary Coastal Waters

As in other parts of the world, the California coast is taxed by a growing population. That means increasing numbers of people seeking time on the water.

Sadly, more and more people are leaving their trash behind. And now this storied coastline could bear the brunt of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Adding to the pressure, recreational activities like kayaking, paddleboarding and recreational fishing often compete for ocean space with commercial interests including shipping and transportation, energy development, and commercial fishing.

More activity on the water means more stress on habitats and wildlife. Ocean Conservancy supports a holistic approach to smart ocean planning, and we’ve worked for more than 25 years on a vision of clean water and beaches.

Shellfish Struggling with Emerging Issue of Increasing Acidification

When the ocean absorbs our carbon emissions from the atmosphere, the resulting change in water chemistry makes it difficult for shell-building animals to make shells. Called ocean acidification, this threat is affecting marine life along with people’s livelihoods right now.

In the waters off the coast of Washington and Oregon, ocean acidification is taking some of its first victims. Oyster larvae critical for the region’s oyster farmers have been unable to thrive. Local action to address acidification exists, and Ocean Conservancy is collaborating with a range of partners and stakeholders to monitor and address this critical emerging issue.

Pacific Ocean Coastline

Pacific Ocean coast

Pacific Ocean coast

The Washington coastline is one of the best kept secrets of the Pacific Northwest. As a result of this and the fact that the beaches are a bit harder to get to, Washington’s beaches are generally secluded, lonely and beautiful. Slightly inland from these beaches are the Olympic Mountains, including Mt. Olympus, and the Hoh River Valley, a rainforest with over 400 inches of rain per year.

South into Oregon, U.S. 101 hugs the coast, exposing mile after mile of beaches and rugged coastline. Many of the Oregon beaches are well known tourist attractions such as Cannon Beach and Lincoln City. My tastes are to avoid the crowds and seek out the less populated areas, which are still abundant due the vast amount of Oregon coastline that is accessible. There are also picturesque lighthouses located on some of the prominent points. At the southern end of the state are Port Orford and Whaleshead.

The coastal areas of Northern California have a variety of sights for the traveler. The Coast Redwoods are beautiful and majestic, and a drive or walk through groves of these tallest of trees is quite an experience. The North Coast of California had a very prominent lumber industry in the late 19th Century and evidence of the resulting prosperity can be seen in some of the houses in Eureka, California. The Northern California coastline is best seen along Highway 1, a small two lane road that conforms to all the nooks and crannies of the coast, resulting in a magnificently winding motorcycle road. The views are wonderful and the corners are tight, the combination requiring good concentration to avoid becoming part of the scenery. Also watch out for fog and slow RV’s, since this is a popular scenic route in the summer.

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The Pacific Coast is a diverse habitat, essential for wildlife and for people who depend on coastal waters for recreation and even their livelihoods. The Pacific Coast offers some of the world’s most spectacular ocean vistas, from the dramatic cliffs of California’s Big Sur to the forested bluffs and rocky...
<h2>The Pacific Coast is a diverse habitat, essential for wildlife and for people who depend on coastal waters for recreation and even their livelihoods.</h2> The Pacific Coast offers some of the world’s most spectacular ocean vistas, from the dramatic cliffs of California’s Big Sur to the forested bluffs and rocky beaches of Oregon and Washington. Magnificent animals like the migrating gray whale travel the length of the coast. Sea otters and harbor seals charm tourists. And beneath the surface lie natural wonders like life-filled giant kelp forests and underwater canyons. Ocean Conservancy is working to support a healthy Pacific Coast  that provides not only habitat for fish, birds and wildlife, but also recreational and income opportunities for countless individuals and communities. <h3>Marine Protected Areas: Our Underwater Parks</h3> Like parks on land, marine protected areas give ocean life and habitats the breathing room to become more resilient in the face of challenges like overfishing and pollution. Ocean Conservancy has worked for many years to help California achieve the first-ever statewide network of marine protected areas. Science shows that these protected areas will improve biodiversity, bring back economically important fisheries and support overall ocean health. <h3>Popularity Stresses Legendary Coastal Waters</h3> As in other parts of the world, the California coast is taxed by a growing population. That means increasing numbers of people seeking time on the water. Sadly, more and more people are leaving their trash behind. And now this storied coastline could bear the brunt of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Adding to the pressure, recreational activities like kayaking, paddleboarding and recreational fishing often compete for ocean space with commercial interests including shipping and transportation, energy development, and commercial fishing. More activity on the water means more stress on habitats and wildlife. Ocean Conservancy supports a holistic approach to smart ocean planning, and we’ve worked for more than 25 years on a vision of clean water and beaches. <h3>Shellfish Struggling with Emerging Issue of Increasing Acidification</h3> When the ocean absorbs our carbon emissions from the atmosphere, the resulting change in water chemistry makes it difficult for shell-building animals to make shells. Called ocean acidification, this threat is affecting marine life along with people’s livelihoods right now. In the waters off the coast of Washington and Oregon, ocean acidification is taking some of its first victims. Oyster larvae critical for the region’s oyster farmers have been unable to thrive. Local action to address acidification exists, and Ocean Conservancy is collaborating with a range of partners and stakeholders to monitor and address this critical emerging issue. <h2>Pacific Ocean Coastline</h2> The Washington coastline is one of the best kept secrets of the Pacific Northwest. As a result of this and the fact that the beaches are a bit harder to get to, Washington's beaches are generally secluded, lonely and beautiful. Slightly inland from these beaches are the Olympic Mountains, including Mt. Olympus, and the Hoh River Valley, a rainforest with over 400 inches of rain per year. South into Oregon, U.S. 101 hugs the coast, exposing mile after mile of beaches and rugged coastline. Many of the Oregon beaches are well known tourist attractions such as Cannon Beach and Lincoln City. My tastes are to avoid the crowds and seek out the less populated areas, which are still abundant due the vast amount of Oregon coastline that is accessible. There are also picturesque lighthouses located on some of the prominent points. At the southern end of the state are Port Orford and Whaleshead. The coastal areas of Northern California have a variety of sights for the traveler. The Coast Redwoods are beautiful and majestic, and a drive or walk through groves of these tallest of trees is quite an experience. The North Coast of California had a very prominent lumber industry in the late 19th Century and evidence of the resulting prosperity can be seen in some of the houses in Eureka, California. The Northern California coastline is best seen along Highway 1, a small two lane road that conforms to all the nooks and crannies of the coast, resulting in a magnificently winding motorcycle road. The views are wonderful and the corners are tight, the combination requiring good concentration to avoid becoming part of the scenery. Also watch out for fog and slow RV's, since this is a popular scenic route in the summer.

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