News from Across the American Shoreline

Coastwide
Energy

Oil, Gas Industry Increasingly Nervous as Government Shutdown Drags On

Representatives from the oil and gas industry are beginning to worry that the partial shutdown of the federal government, now the longest in U.S. history, could impact drilling on federal lands and blunt permitting for infrastructure, including pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities.

International
Fisheries

Go Inside the Seafood Industry with the Global Seafood Market Conference Blog: US market awash with protein

IntraFish is reporting live from the US National Fisheries Institute Global Seafood Market Conference in San Diego. Keep checking back for all the latest.

International
Waterways

The Regulations for 2020 – The next decade of Shipping Regulations

As we quickly approach the turning point of a new decade, there is much speculation on what would be decided in terms of regulations imposed on the shipping activity.

Coastwide
Energy

Delayed by shutdown, US offshore drilling rule changes likely to be challenged by states

Work on controversial revisions to a US offshore drilling safety rule is currently being held up by the ongoing partial government shutdown, but when ultimately finalized, the changes will be challenged in court by multiple states, sources said.

Gulf
Tourism

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs order to fight algae, red tide

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis began following up on a campaign promise to make the environment a priority by signing an order Thursday seeking to tackle Florida's problems with blue-green algae in its rivers and red tide off its coast.

International
Engineering

The slow death of Durban’s Vetch’s Pier

City of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Vetch’s Pier has been destroyed by mountains of sand being dumped on the beachfront by the municipality, says an activist.

West Coast
Local

State Clam? Lawmakers consider special honor for razor clams

OLYMPIA — Washington may become the first state to designate an official state clam, according to a proposal co-sponsored by local 19th Legislative District lawmakers Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, and Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen.

Coastwide
Fisheries

Future Think: Floating deep farms promise year round production of food crops

With the global population expected to reach over nine billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by almost 70 per cent to meet the increasing demand.

International
Engineering

The world’s coastal cities are going under. Here’s how some are fighting back

The warning signs are increasingly hard to ignore. Sea-level rise is real, displacing thousands of people, destroying millions of acres of land and generating billions of dollars in losses. Due to competing predictions of future global temperatures, scientists are unsure exactly how fast or high sea levels will rise.

Gulf
Tourism

Lee County to overhaul popular beach accesses

Southwest Florida's most used beach accesses could get a remodel late this year. Lee County has planned a major redesign of the four beach accesses at Lynn Hall Memorial Park. The walkways have become a maintenance issue for the county, according to Mark Kincaid of Coastal Engineering Consultants, who presented the project to the Local Planning Agency at their meeting on Jan. 8.

Southeast
Federal

Hurricane Florence Repairs At Camp Lejeune Will Cost Billions, And More Big Storms Are Likely

The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune, N.C. needs $3.6 billion in repairs, as scientists warn climate change will lead to more big storms and affect military readiness.

Southeast
Engineering

Siesta Key group suing Army Corps over Big Pass dredge

The suit alleges the Army Corps of Engineers failed to conduct a vital study to examine the project’s potentially detrimental effects to Siesta Key

Coastwide
Federal

These disaster projects could lose cash to Trump's wall

Mexico won't pay for President Trump's border wall. But Northern Californians might. Many of them live near the American River, one of the country's most flood-prone urban watersheds.

Southeast
Engineering

With South Ferry Channel Clear, Waterways Commission Turns Their Attention to the New Outer Banks Dredge

To the relief of Hatteras Inlet mariners, the new year is starting with clear passage on the South Ferry Channel and pending dredge work at the breakwater in Hatteras village, resolving two stubborn problems and providing an upbeat backdrop for the changing of the guard at the first 2019 meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission on January 14.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Huge trash-collecting boom heads to the Big Island for fix

HILO, HAWAII - A trash collection device that broke apart while deployed in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii was scheduled to arrive to the Big Island on Sunday.

International
Property

Holding back the tides: Sydney's battle against coastal erosion

As Australian beaches succumb to destructive coastal surges due to climate change, Wendy Harmer considers the price of inaction at storm-battered Collaroy-Narrabeen

Southeast
Advocacy

North Carolina - Coastal counties need to present a united front

This might be a good year to re-establish an advocacy group to speak out on shared interests embraced by citizens and local governments within North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties.

Northeast
Local

Flood plan might open opportunities in Bridgeport’s South End

Bridgeport, Conn. -- In a new plan to address flooding in the South End of Bridgeport, city officials see an opportunity to kick-start private investment and development in the waterfront area. Bridgeport received more than $50 million in federal grants in the last four years to funding the flood protection project in the South End.

International
Science

Oceans had their hottest year on record in 2018 as global warming accelerates

Earth’s oceans had their warmest year on record in 2018, a stark indication of the enormous amount of heat being absorbed by the sea as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists reported Wednesday.

International
Waterways

Nuclear Power Becomes Critical To Arctic Dominance

For many, the Northeast Passage through the Arctic could one day be a ‘Northern Suez Canal’. While icy waters have frozen such dreams, recent advances in nuclear technology might finally unlock the full economic potential of the once-daunting Arctic waters.

Gulf
Engineering

Okaloosa County: Beach work might be done by mid-April

SHALIMAR — A majority of the Okaloosa County Commission on Tuesday approved the latest version of the county project to dredge sand from the East Pass and deposit it on beaches on Okaloosa Island and Holiday Isle.

Gulf
Engineering

Beach washout evident, renourishment planned

The beach will have to endure another hurricane season, but the Gulf of Mexico shoreline on Anna Maria Island will be renourished in 2019.

Coastwide
Federal

Law Tweaks Coastal Barrier Resource Act

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH – A portion of North Topsail Beach is being removed from a longstanding designation that exempts property owners from receiving federal aid.

Gulf
Advocacy

Pulitzer Prize author Jack E. Davis speaks at LSU’s College of Coast and Environment

“As I was doing research for the book, I actually found a connection between the dead zone, the baby boomer era, and Saturday morning cartoons,” Davis said.

Gulf
Property

Florida regulator pegs insured Michael losses at $4.9bn

Total re/insured losses resulting from Hurricane Michael in Florida are estimated to be approximately $4.9 billion, according to data compiled by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR).

Coastwide
Property

Rising sea levels a manageable concern for re/insurers, says climate expert

Sea level rise over the 21st century will not be as severe as many climate models have predicted and should not present a major issue for re/insurers provided it is managed appropriately, according to Dr. Judith Curry, President of Climate Forecast Applications Network and Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology.

International
Science

SharkoFiles: Dwarf Lantern Shark

The dwarf lantern shark is among the smallest species of fish in the world. The name of the shark comes from the fact that they are a small (dwarf) shark and are bioluminescent (lantern) in the dark environment of the deep sea level (Benthic zone) where they dwell. The Dwarf lantern shark was recently discovered in 1964.

Southeast
Science

New conservation practice could reduce nitrogen pollution in agricultural drainage water

URBANA, Ill. - Every summer, a "dead zone" forms in the Gulf of Mexico. Plumes of oxygen-robbing algae, fed by excess nitrogen coming in from the Mississippi River, kill off marine life and threaten the livelihoods of those who fish the Gulf.

Coastwide
Science

Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish's explosive slime

Biologists have modeled the hagfish's gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically.

International
Advocacy

Of whales and men

Is Japan’s decision to leave the International Whaling Commission really that big a deal?

Coastwide
Tourism

New Report from JetBlue and The Nature Conservancy Uses AI Technology to Evaluate the Impact of Natural Resources on Tourism

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 15, 2019--JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU), along with The Nature Conservancy, whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, today released a new report focusing on the connection between natural resources and tourism. The report’s results revealed that the Caribbean is more dependent on tourism than any other region across the globe and highlights new data on the benefits that coral reefs provide to the travel industry and the region’s economy.

Southeast
Local

St. Augustine Surveys Public Before Workshop On Resiliency & Flooding At Historic Sites

The City of St. Augustine is collaborating with Flagler College to get input from the community ahead of an upcoming workshop on resilience, sea level rise and the future impact of flooding on historic places.

Gulf
Tourism

Alabama bans smoking on public beach

GULF SHORES, ALA. The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront. This area also is undergoing $15 million in renovations and city officials want to keep it looking nice. So, in June, city officials adopted a wide-ranging list of regulations that included an Alabama first: The public beachfront became smoke-free.

Northeast
Recreation

Calls for a Beach as Designing Begins for Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade

Last week, the city kicked off its public design process for the Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade, the quarter-mile stretch of East River waterfront from Peck Slip to Catherine Slip. But it was a small sandy patch, just 191 feet long and lapped by the river’s waves, that grabbed much of the attention.

Coastwide
Engineering

Too salty: Desalination plants harm environment, U.N. says

Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday.

Gulf
Property

Destin continues pursuit of more public beach land

DESTIN — With the goal of acquiring more public beach property, city officials hope to have appraisals of eight Gulf-front parcels completed within about the next two to three months.

International
Engineering

Floating Paradise: Denmark to Build Nine Artificial Islands Off Copenhagen Coast

The Danish government has teamed up with Greater Copenhagen mayors to build nine artificial islands near the coast of Copenhagen to rejuvenate land space for sustainable industries and leisure.

Coastwide
Engineering

Barrier island sand dunes recover at different rates after hurricanes

Sand dunes on coastal barrier islands buffer the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts from oncoming hurricanes. Every year, millions of public and private dollars fund the restoration of these barrier islands, but managers often focus on the recovery of smaller sand dunes and aim at making them bigger, for better storm protection.

International
Tourism

Fiji turning to coral gardening to save its lucrative South Pacific reefs from bleaching

Tourism is the backbone of Fiji's economy but it's under threat; the Pacific island paradise and many of the vibrant coral reefs that hundreds of tourists, particularly Australians, come to see have been killed off in mass coral bleaching events.

West Coast
Fisheries

Delta Smelt on the Brink of Extinction

Once the Most Abundant Fish in the San Francisco Delta, Smelt Numbers Dangerously Decreasing

Mid-Atlantic
Science

Report: Nation's biggest estuary hit hard by pollution

In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, debris washed into the Chesapeake Bay from record rainfall accumulates around a sailboat in Annapolis, Md. An annual report on the Chesapeake Bay says pollution from unusually heavy rains in 2018 contributed to the first decline in a decade in the overall health of the nation's largest estuary.

Northwest
Fisheries

Federal project to boost Chinook salmon population in Fraser River delta

British Columbia, Canada - $2 million to restore salmon habitat will help feed endangered southern resident killer whales

Southeast
Science

EDITORIAL: DeSantis (Quietly) Acknowledges Threat Sea-Level Rise Poses to Florida

This is whole new tone for a governor's office that told Floridians, basically, that we couldn't afford to both create jobs and protect the environment.

Northeast
Engineering

LONG ISLAND, SUFFOLK: Asharoken asks Army Corps to fix deteriorating sea wall

In 2016, village residents rejected a proposal to restore a section of the beach using federal funds because of a mandate that would allow public access there. In 2011, a damaged portion of the wall underwent a $2.2 million rehabilitation project by the Army Corps of Engineers. In 2016, village residents rejected a proposal to restore a 2.4-mile section of the beach — including a small section in front of the sea wall — using federal funds because of a mandate to allow public access to private beaches.

International
Science

Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago

Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017, according to a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Arctic Oil & Gas Development: BLM Offers Alternatives

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for development of oil and gas (O&G) resources on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain. The DEIS is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and would cover leasing only; actual development would be subject to additional NEPA review and is not likely to begin for many years.

Gulf
Engineering

Crab Bank funding complete after WRDA 'promise' to fund all construction costs

A year ago, restoring the once-thriving rookery that was Crab Bank was simply a dream without a source of financial reality. Now, the once seabird sanctuary will soon return to a place for wings to flap thanks to some federal financial aid.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Lawyers not cannons the big guns in latest round of oyster wars

As pushback by waterfront homeowners increases, VA & MD convene workgroups to deal with aquaculture leasing backlogs and disputes

Northeast
Advocacy

Guest column: Harpswell facing up to climate change

As the Maine town with the longest coastline, Harpswell is particularly vulnerable to sea-level rise. But the town government is up to the job, with its dedicated, hard-working Conservation Commission studying the effects of climate change on town roads and wetlands since 2010.

Southeast
Advocacy

New “Beach” read offers critical conservation, political insights

Conservationist Dana Beach years ago described how to keep development from mauling everything into a mess of sprawl. Don’t, he said, talk or write about merely “protecting land.” Instead, use words to conceptualize protecting “special places” in South Carolina.

International
Energy

Seismic survey approved west of Kangaroo Island

Australia’s national offshore oil and gas regulator, NOPSEMA, has approved an application by oil and gas exploration services company PGS to conduct seismic surveys west of Kangaroo Island.

Southeast
Property

A $3 billion problem: Miami-Dade’s septic tanks are already failing due to sea rise

Miami-Dade has tens of thousands of septic tanks, and a new report reveals most are already malfunctioning — the smelly and unhealthy evidence of which often ends up in people’s yards and homes. It’s a billion-dollar problem that climate change is making worse.

Northeast
Energy

Only one wind project proposed in waters off LI, filings show

Five developers are vying for a state contract for off-shore wind energy. The other sites would be off Massachusetts/Rhode Island and New Jersey.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Trawlers catching "unheard of" amounts of shrimp off Corolla

WANCHESE, N.C. -- South of the Virginia border, the shores off Corolla have become an Outer Banks hot spot to catch winter shrimp. "It's kind of new, and it's kind of related to the water warming," Mirabilio said. "Everybody's chasing them north."

Gulf
Recreation

The new smoking ban frontier: removing butts from beaches

A Sarasota County ban on smoking at the beach was overturned in court, so now state legislators are looking to ban it statewide The dispute is about litter, not second-hand smoke.

Coastwide
Federal

Government Shutdown Will Likely Delay New 2019 National Seashore Projects

The partial U.S. government shutdown, which entered its 21st day on Friday, January 11, will likely delay two new Cape Hatteras National Seashore projects which were slated to begin in early 2019 – the new parking area at Kite Point, and the new Buxton Beach Day Use Area.

Gulf
Property

Whose beach is it? Condo owners, The Ritz stake their claims, shoo public away

Winter visitors are flocking to warm Gulf waters, quickly filling Vanderbilt Beach with towels and umbrellas. Look closer and one will see another sign of the tourist season in Collier County: security guards.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Get it in writing: Council panel wants new ordinance over developer’s shoreline promises

HILO — A North Kona developer’s representative made repeated promises Tuesday that its shoreline will be opened to the public within a year, but most County Council members want it in writing.

Southeast
Tourism

Is GOP on board with DeSantis’ environmental reforms?

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis used his opening week in office to underscore a campaign pledge to tackle Florida’s deepening environmental problems, with the former Navy lawyer saying he wanted the state on a “war footing.”

Gulf
Engineering

Orange Beach in line for $40 million in RESTORE Act funds covering 8 projects

January 12, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - The widening and improvement of Canal Road, environmental restoration of Cotton Bayou and Terry Cove, the creation of the Gulf Coast Environment Research Station, the designing and planning of the Gulf Coast Wildlife Recovery and Interpretive Center, expansion of the Orange Beach Wildlife Center, seawall repairs at Alabama Point, and sewer main upgrades - these are projects totaling $40 million that the City of Orange Beach is poised to receive from RESTORE Act funds.

Gulf
Engineering

Army Corps hopes to build islands in Mississippi River backwaters from dredged sediment

WABASHA, Minn. (FOX 47) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving ahead with plans to build islands with dredged sediment in the backwaters of the Mississippi River along the north end of Lake Pepin.

Southeast
Recreation

Caroline Marks returns to Sebastian Inlet as reigning World Surf League Rookie of the Year

One year ago, 15-year-old Caroline Marks returned to her hometown Space Coast as the youngest surfer in history — female or male — to qualify for the pro championship surfing tour. She capped her visit by getting carried off the beach after winning the Florida Pro at Sebastian Inlet.

International
Tourism

Australia's best beaches: Everything you need to know about the Guardian's 2019 best beaches poll

Ask Australians about their favourite beach and you’ll get 11,000 different answers. With 85% of the population living within 50km of the coast, the beach holds a special place in Australian culture, identity and our capacity for endless arguments.

Coastwide
Federal

As the Shutdown Persists, Here Are 5 Ways It Will Impact Science

A second wave of closures looms as the government funding fight barrels towards a record-breaking fourth week. Thousands of U.S scientists are heading into their fourth week of enforced leave, the result of a prolonged government shutdown that began on 22 December.

International
Science

Scientists Discover The Remains of a Whale Inside a Bigger, Ancient Whale

We usually think of whales as serene, gentle creatures, but a new study on an ancient species paints a different picture. Around 35 million years ago, in the late Eocene, a giant whale roamed the oceans, feasting on large fish and, the new evidence suggests, other smaller whales. Yikes.

Southeast
Advocacy

Commentary: Stronger fertilizer ordinance can affect red tide

Red tide feeds off nutrients in the water, and the second greatest source of nutrients in Collier County is runoff from lawns and landscaping. (Agricultural uses is No. 1). There is a way that we can make a difference in how much nutrient reaches the Gulf of Mexico: strengthening and enforcing our fertilizer ordinances.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

Helping Alaska villages turn the tide on disasters

FAIRBANKS - Alaska villages facing coastal disasters may be able to use new erosion-monitoring tools as part of their decision-making arsenal, thanks to a pilot study led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Northeast
Fisheries

Democrats looking to finally tackle climate impacts to Gulf of Maine

Lawmakers are optimistic bills to implement bipartisan commission's 2014 recommendations will advance after years of delay.

International
Science

Moonlight influences opening and closing of oysters' shells

A new study suggests the mollusks may widen and narrow their shells depending on movement of plankton, which shifts with the lunar cycle

International
Science

Responses of benthic foraminifera to changes of temperature and salinity

Benthic foraminifera are widely used as paleoenvironmental proxies because of their high sensitivity to environmental changes and excellent preservation potential in sediment. Affected by global changes, environmental factors such as seawater temperature and salinity are changing, which will affect the distribution and species composition of benthic foraminifera. A recent study revealed how the benthic foraminiferal community respond to the change of temperature and salinity.

International
Advocacy

“The whales have won” – even as Japan sharpens its harpoons

It might seem odd to see a glimmer of hope for conservation of the world’s whales, at the very time Japan has announced it will unilaterally withdraw from global whaling regulations and kick-start commercial hunts in its territorial waters.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Canada, First Nations express concern over U.S. Arctic drilling plans

The concerns are over the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it.

International
Tourism

Australia's global beach ambassador on what makes a great beach

What tickles your fancy when land meets sea? Brad Farmer recommends choosing your ‘best beach’ discerningly

International
Tourism

LIFE'S A BEACH! Incredible Irish beach that returned after being lost at sea for 33 years has vanished AGAIN

Powerful coastal winds caused by the likes of storm Ali and other winter storms, have slowly eroded the beach away. The incredible Irish beach that returned after being lost for 33 years has vanished again - after it was hit by powerful storms. Dooagh Beach in Achill, Co Mayo reappeared in April 2017 for the first time since 1984, but has once again vanished into the Atlantic.

Southeast
Property

Efforts continue to save and preserve Ingram Dunes

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -- The Ingram Dunes is one of the largest undeveloped areas in North Myrtle Beach and like much of Horry County it is at risk of being developed. However, some still believe there’s hope to save the iconic dunes from becoming another developed plot of land.

Latest hurricane relief bill boosts farmers, fishermen

Raleigh, N.C. — State lawmakers are moving quickly to pass their third hurricane relief bill this year, containing $250 million to help farmers and fishermen wiped out by Hurricane Florence in September and Hurricane Michael in October.

Gulf
Waterways

US Oil Export Boom Sparks Battle to Build Texas Ports

Booming U.S. oil exports have set off a scramble to build Gulf Coast ports to handle more than 3 million barrels per day in new supplies expected over the next five years.

Southeast
Engineering

City of Myrtle Beach installs posts to prevent windblown sand

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — Wondering about the new posts along Myrtle Beach beaches? They're being installed to help trap windblown sand.

Northeast
Property

Living on the edge in Wellfleet

WELLFLEET — A controversial waterfront house that spawned house-size zoning restrictions in both Wellfleet and Truro now has an erosion problem.

West Coast
Property

Bluff erosion issues remain ‘at the core’ of Del Mar

DEL MAR — For Del Mar natives, as well as the hundreds of surfers and visitors that traverse its paths, the bluff is a treasured and unique jewel. But several recent bluff failures between August and December have put residents and officials alike on high alert.

International
Fisheries

There Aren't Plenty More Fish in the Sea

There are only so many fish in the sea. And our appetite for seafood has already stressed many wild fisheries to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the planet’s growing population will only further increase the need for animal protein, one of the most resource-intensive types of food to produce.

Gulf
Energy

Coastal News Roundup: BP Finds Lots Of New Oil In Gulf, And More

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks with Mark Schleifstein, environment reporter for Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, about a big new oil find in the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, the latest on a lawsuit related to Hurricane Katrina damages.

Southeast
Advocacy

Florida gets ‘D’ in protecting beaches from coastal erosion, climate change

Florida thrives on beach tourism, which generates $55 billion a year in sales. But, a nationwide report from the non-profit, Surfrider Foundation, gave Florida a ‘D’ rating when it comes to protecting beaches from coastal erosion and climate change.

Northeast
Science

Delaware gets $19 million for water research

As the country’s lowest-lying state, Delaware is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels — and the influence of saltwater on the wildlife that depends on freshwater wetlands. What’s more, water quality throughout the state is poor.

International
Science

As Disease Ravages Coral Reefs, Scientists Scramble for Solutions

As oceans warm, coral reefs are suffering not only from bleaching but from deadly outbreaks of disease. Researchers are developing remedies, but the key question is whether these solutions can work on a large-enough scale to save vast reef systems from Florida to Australia.

Gulf
Property

Retreating from rising sea, state completes purchase of Isle de Jean Charles relocation site

The state has finalized the purchase of a sugar farm near Houma to relocate some of the remaining residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island rapidly sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, as part of a first-of-its-kind federal program supporting the large-scale retreat from the effects of climate change.

Gulf
Federal

Brad Drake bill would bring BP money to inland Northwest Florida

Rep. Brad Drake filed a bill Wednesday that would redirect settlement money from the BP oil spill into a new economic development fund in Northwest Florida.

Southeast
Tourism

Senate panel briefed on septic tanks’ contribution to algae outbreak

Septic tanks are one of the primary triggers for toxic algae blooms throughout the state, the Senate Agriculture, Environment and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee was told Wednesday.

Southeast
Tourism

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Water Policy Reforms

It’s news millions of Floridians have been waiting eight years to hear: Their governor plans to take the state’s water quality seriously and to back up those plans with serious money.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

Whale carcass attracting tiger sharks off Oahu's south shore

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Honolulu Ocean Safety officials are keeping a close eye on a dead whale floating off Oahu's south shore.

Caribbean
Fisheries

Fish farmers of the Caribbean - Wealth of potential for aquaculture in the Caribbean

There are only so many fish in the sea. And our appetite for seafood has already stressed many wild fisheries to the breaking point. Meanwhile, the planet's growing population will only further increase the need for animal protein, one of the most resource-intensive types of food to produce.

Northeast
Engineering

Saco River dredging to begin this month

SACO — A nearly $4 million project to dredge the lower Saco River is set to begin later this month. The Saco River originates in New Hampshire and serves as a natural border between the cities of Saco and Biddeford, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

International
Engineering

Oceans rising: can we save our collapsing coastline?

Victoria, Australia - Summer at Inverloch surf beach is supposed to be about waves, sun and fun. But for locals, the beach is also a cause of increasing angst. Dramatic erosion has seen the foreshore at the local surf lifesaving club recede a remarkable 33 metres since 2012.

International
Science

Oceans warming faster than expected, set heat record in 2018: scientists

OSLO (Reuters) - The oceans are warming faster than previously estimated, setting a new temperature record in 2018 in a trend that is damaging marine life, scientists said on Thursday.

Crab Fishermen Warn: With the Season Closed Elsewhere, Loads of Out-of-Town Crabbers Will be Coming to Humboldt and There’s Hardly Any Places to Tie Up

North Coast crab fishermen from Fort Bragg to Crescent City are facing double jeopardy — one from a warming ocean and one man made by a local agency. As of January 8, 2019, the date of the most recent test results for Domoic Acid levels in Dungeness Crabs, both the Patrick’s Point test (north of Trinidad) and the Crescent City test failed due to one crab each over the 30 ppm guidelines for domoic acid levels in crab viscera.

Shutdown effects trickle down to states, grantees

Southern California air regulators yesterday held a regularly scheduled meeting. EPA didn't make it.

International
Advocacy

Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds

Scientists say the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all the excess heat absorbed by the planet ends up stored in their waters.

International
Energy

Andrews government rules out re-routing Great Ocean Road at risk of erosion

The Andrews government has ruled out re-routing key sections of the Great Ocean Road that experts say are at risk of being washed away within years.

Gulf
Energy

Corpus Christi Opposition to Offshore Oil Terminal Increases

Nueces County commissioners have joined a chorus of public opposition to a proposed crude oil loading terminal planned for the Gulf of Mexico. A resolution officially opposing Switzerland-based Trafigura’s proposal to build an offshore loading dock for crude oil was approved Jan. 7 during the commissioner’s first meeting of the new year.