News from Across the American Shoreline

Gulf
Fisheries

Asian Carp: Eating the Most Hated Fish on the Mississippi

Nearly a decade ago, John Crilly, a psychiatrist and academic living in New Orleans, read an article that changed his life. It was about a local chef who had begun cooking one of the most reviled species in America—silver carp, commonly known as Asian carp.

Southeast
Tourism

Planning a wild spring break? Please don’t come to Miami Beach, city tells students

If your ideal spring break includes tequila shots on the beach, blasting music from your car at 4 a.m., and smoking a joint in public, then Miami Beach isn’t the place for you. At least, that’s the message that the city’s police department sent to college students this week in letters warning that — after a particularly rowdy spring break last year — the island plans to crack down on behavior that hurts residents’ quality of life.

West Coast
Property

Wildfire Devastates Malibu Surf Community

As of today, the fast-moving Woolsey Fire that continues to blaze through Malibu has burned 83,000 acres and destroyed 177 structures. There are two confirmed deaths and nearly 250,000 people displaced, the LA Times reported. The Woolsey fire is currently 10% contained and, unfortunately, more Santa Ana winds are forecasted to blow throughout today, and into Monday, as firefighters battle for the fourth straight day.

Southeast
Tourism

Topsail Island looks to rebound from Hurricane Florence

The storm hammered Pender County’s beaches, but officials say the recovery is already well underway

Coastwide
Property

Rising Sea Levels Pose Risk to Institutional Real Estate Investment

The results indicate that large swaths of real estate value lie in areas at high risk of being affected by sea-level rise. More than 24 percent of the NPI value is in metro areas whose central cities are among the 10 percent of cities most exposed to sea-level rise. This amounts to more than $130 billion of real estate. And a whopping 67 percent of the NPI’s value, or $360 billion, is in metro areas whose primary cities are among the 20 percent most exposed in the United States

West Coast
Advocacy

Green lobby up in arms about "feedlot-style" fish farms

Friends of the Earth has delivered more than 38,500 comments opposing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plan to increase aquaculture production in the USA.

Southeast
Waterways

Just three years after controversial ‘Deep Dredge,’ PortMiami wants more

This time around, the fight may well come down to what’s more valuable to South Florida: dollars from mega ships or the health of the only inshore reef tract in the U.S. that also protects the coast from hurricanes.

Gulf
Engineering

Ike Dike concept raises more questions than it answers for environmentalists and Rice University

A group of Rice professors are, however, among a handful of political, engineering and environmental experts who plan to raise significant questions about the proposed barrier during the project’s public comment period.

Northeast
Fisheries

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat

A study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists released in 2018 concluded that valuable species of shellfish, including softshell clams, have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitats caused by a warming environment.

Southeast
Property

There’s a surplus of luxury condos in Miami, but three more developers are building anyway

The 2018 Herald Real Estate Survey polled 100 experts about Miami and here are some of their answers.

Coastwide
Waterways

Port technology, moving up and out

Turn time is the bench mark by which ocean terminals measure efficiency. The longer it takes to move a container on or off the ship or through the facility, the costlier that unit becomes in terms of handling and vessel delay. Container ships aren’t getting smaller; in today’s fast paced world it’s becoming impossible for ports to compete without technology. Automation is not the way of the future; it’s quickly become the norm today.

Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

South Carolina, Virginia ports set cargo records in October

“We are getting increasing evidence that, in addition to a strong economy, some of this volume spike may be accounted for by customers advancing shipments to avoid pending tariffs slated to take effect in January,” said SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome.

Gulf
Local

PHOTOS: Memorable photos from Hurricane Michael

These photos were chosen by staff members at the Panama City News Herald as some of their more memorable images from the Hurricane Michael disaster.

Gulf
Tourism

Okaloosa County TDD discusses goals for upcoming year

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Hawaii & Alaska
Property

New Study Shows Shifting Hurricane Tracks Pose Flood Risks for Hawai’i

Text Size:AAA A new study led by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa indicates that as climate changes over the coming decades, hurricanes have a higher chance of landfall over the Hawaiian islands. Researchers from the universityʻs School of Ocean and Earth Science said this new pattern could pose severe flood risks along the coast and further inland.

West Coast
Tourism

Pacific Grove Measure M seems poised to pass

Of the more than 5,000 votes counted as of early Wednesday morning, 58 percent had voted yes on Measure M.

West Coast
Local

Buena Vista Lagoon restoration headed for showdown

Homeowners at the inlet to the Buena Vista Lagoon are fighting a plan to permanently open the lagoon to the sea.

Gulf
Property

Hurricane Michael is looking even more violent on closer scrutiny

Government scientists are still trying to take the measure of the historic storm. Although Michael was officially a Category 4 hurricane, with 155 mph sustained winds when it made landfall, that could potentially be revised upward, to Category 5 - 157 mph and higher - in the ongoing National Hurricane Center analysis.

Gulf
Energy

Hess Corp. to pay $8.7 million for 12-barrel Breton Sound oil spill in 2005

The company agreed to pay $8.7 million for natural resource projects and reimbursement of federal and state cleanup costs in an agreement filed in federal court Friday

Gulf
Local

FWC says red tide bloom intensifying in southwest Florida

Water samples continue to contain high concentrations of Karenia brevis in Pinellas

Northeast
Waterways

Comments Invited on New Haven Harbor Improvement EIS Study

Public comments on the New Haven Harbor Connecticut Navigation Improvement Project Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement are due to the Corps of Engineers by November 15, 2018.

Southeast
Waterways

Newsome pushes infrastructure investments for port’s growth

S.C. Ports Authority (SCPA) President and CEO Jim Newsome last week told 600 customers and leaders outlined the organization’s successes and strategic infrastructure investments to continue growth during the annual State of the Port address at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

Should coastal residents who stay put in face of flooding get tax breaks to fortify their property? Ballot question sparks debate

A constitutional amendment on the ballot Tuesday would give localities the option to offer tax breaks to property owners in areas facing recurring flooding.

Northeast
Fisheries

Fisheries regulators to deliver the shrimp season news next week

There has been a moratorium on shrimp fishing in Maine since 2013

Mid-Atlantic
Local

New Beach Badge Prices For Day Rates

There will be no reduced-price beach badges for residents since it would be breaking the law to offer them, said Mayor John G. Ducey during the most recent Township Council meeting.

West Coast
Engineering

Oceanside Harbor dredging extended to get more sand on beaches

The dredging that began Oct. 17 at the Oceanside Harbor has been extended by about two weeks to get more sand, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday.

Southeast
Energy

Solar Power Is About to Boom in the Sunshine State

Florida has lagged in renewable energy use, but declining solar costs are set to change that

Coastwide
Property

To make more room for livestock, the Dutch will moove cows to a floating farm

In the next three decades, the global population is expected to grow by more than two billion people. That could be a problem. We already fail to feed the roughly seven and a half billion people currently living on the planet, so we’ll need to initiate entirely new agricultural systems to accommodate more.

Northeast
Local

City to fight erosion of dunes

With another winter approaching, city officials plan to build up protective structures along Plum Island’s Reservation Terrace to help stem erosion and flooding in the neighborhood.

Coastwide
Engineering

Facing climate change, cities trade sea walls for parks

For the last hundred years, protecting neighborhoods has often meant relying on sea walls — large, concrete barriers designed to withstand strong waves and rising waters. Beyond not being particularly attractive, they are expensive, can cause erosion and harm marine life.

Coastwide
Energy

Winding Up

Could offshore turbines be the next big breakthrough in renewable energy?

Coastwide
Fisheries

World's top fishing nations to be given millions to protect oceans

Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch major grant for coastal communities to improve the health of oceans

Coastwide
Science

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen — and much faster than climate scientists expected

Northeast
Engineering

Here’s How Brick’s Beaches’ Newly-Replenished Sand Made it Through the Recent Nor’Easter

Many Shore residents and homeowners have wondered how the barrier island’s newly-replenished beaches would handle a nor’easter – would the sand stick around or be washed out to sea?

Northeast
Waterways

Work Crews Set to Dredge Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel & Western Tip of Sampson’s Island

Operations will run Monday through Saturday from 7 AM to 5 PM, with the entire project expected to wrap up by January 15th of 2019

Gulf
Engineering

USACE Urges $30B Coastal Barrier System Along Texas Coast

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has recommended its preferred method for protecting parts of the Texas Gulf Coast from storm surges and flooding

Gulf
Waterways

Army Corps of Engineers begins dredging San Jacinto River

One of the first flood mitigation projects to break ground post-Hurricane Harvey, the Army Corps of Engineers began a nearly $70 million project to dredge a portion of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in September.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

EPA Awards $350,000 To Maryland For Protecting Shorelines, Streams And Wetlands

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has awarded $348,648 to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to improve and stabilize living shorelines, and stream and wetlands restoration projects in nontidal wetlands.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Transparency for tuna

The eight Pacific island states that make up the Parties to the Nauru Agreement may look like dots on the map, but they command an expanse of ocean greater than the size of Europe and are global powerhouses when it comes to tuna.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Navy to limit sonar, explosions in more areas off East Coast to protect endangered whales

The Navy is expanding its mitigation areas off the East Coast for the endangered right whale.

Coastwide
Advocacy

The Government Is Trying to Silence 21 Kids Hurt by Climate Change

The U.S. has a climate policy, and it wants the Supreme Court to enforce it. That policy: No such thing.

Gulf
Recreation

Dunes flattened, trails obliterated: Some Florida state parks undone by Hurricane Michael

Michael wiped out dunes, created new beaches and destroyed access roads from St. George to St. Joe and inland to the Caverns.

Coastwide
Engineering

Managing the Perfect Storm: How Healthy Ecosystems Increase Resilience

Why are people in Asia and the Pacific particularly vulnerable to climate change? The answers may lie in a combination of factors that literally creates a “perfect storm”

Gulf
Engineering

Everglades needs more freshwater to combat peat soil collapse

More saltwater in the Everglades could make climate change worse, a new Florida International University study found.

Coastwide
Waterways

Shanghai to Host 22nd World Dredging Congress

The 22nd World Dredging Congress & Exposition (WODCON XXII) will take place in Shanghai, China, from 25-29 April, 2019.

Gulf
Engineering

State’s new mega-hotel ready to weather storms that may come

The Lodge at Gulf State Park, under construction in this September 2018 photo, will officially open during a ceremony on Friday, November 2, 2018

Mid-Atlantic
Local

Emerald Island Crafts $45M FEMA request

Other major expenses include rental and purchase of stormwater pumps, hoses and generators to augment those the town already had in place.

Southeast
Local

Movement to increase bed tax likely to be defeated

Coastal erosion on the First Coast has caused residents to push for an increase in the tourist development tax to help fund beach renourishment. Following the Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting of the St. Johns County Commission, it does not appear that increase will take place.

Gulf
Local

Holgate beach erosion: Must-see drone footage of LBI after Hurricane Michael

An aerial survey of damage done to dunes at the south end of Holgate and storm damage at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

2.5 Tons of Plastic Collected in Kaho‘olawe Cleanup

Greenpeace recently concluded an expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that found 11 times more microplastics in the middle of the Pacific than near major U.S. cities.

Mid-Atlantic
Local

Hurricane Florence: Historic storm brings a historic price tag

Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina officials hoping FEMA will reimburse most expenses, from the cost of debris removal to repairing damaged government buildings

Mid-Atlantic
Property

CRC: Let’s talk flood maps

The rules will now go to a 60-day public comment period, running from Monday, Feb. 20, to Thursday, April 20.

Great Lakes
Engineering

The Portage Riverwalk is crumbling due to erosion. Whether it gets fixed is 'all about money.'

Most of the beach at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk has been lost to erosion. In the background is a circular observation deck that collapsed in January. The $16 million park opened in 2009.

Northeast
Engineering

Cape Cod's Biggest Ever Beach Nourishment Project Could Be Coming to Sandwich

All along Town Neck Beach, there are visible signs of the years-long fight the town and homeowners have been waging against erosion.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Beach Towns Seeking Assistance For Beach Restoration After Storm

The Federal cost-share for the Carolina Beach project will be $4.27 million with the State funding $2.30 million for a total cost of $6.57 million. The Federal cost-share for the Kure Beach project will be $7.95 million with the State funding $4.28 million for a total of $12.23 million.

Gulf
Engineering

La Quinta Aquatic Habitat Flourishing in Corpus Christi Bay

The La Quinta Aquatic Habitat Mitigation Project had as its goal to exceed regulatory requirements by creating more than 6.6 acres of marsh habitat and 19.2 acres of shoal grass habitat. This goal was exceeded as of March 2017 when 12.6 acres of smooth cordgrass and 25.3 acres of shoal grass were planted onsite.

Caribbean
Engineering

Jacksonville District Preps San Juan Harbor Study for PED Phase; First Study Completed Under Corps’ New Accelerated Process

The project requires periodic maintenance dredging, and material is placed at the San Juan ODMDS, which is about one square mile. Maintenance dredging occurs about every five to seven years.

West Coast
Recreation

How Southern California’s Aerospace Industry Helped Revolutionize Surfing

"There are lots of other beach areas where surfing hasn’t taken off as much as it did in Southern California,” says historian Peter Neushul. “Aerospace is integral to all of that. Where you're living. Your access to the beach. The technology you take to the beach. Everything.”

Coastwide
Tourism

Off The Beaten Path: 6 Luxury Hotels In Emerging Markets

World travelers seek new destinations outside of the usual locales and coastal sites are at the top of the list

Southeast
Recreation

Surf fishing shut down, but mullet run is still underway

Devastation as far as the eye can see is still the norm for the beaches from Melbourne Beach to Indialantic to Cocoa Beach. It's unprecedented.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

South Carolina’s saltwater fishing licenses are dirt cheap. But they buy a wealth of fun

Compared to all the coastal states from Virginia to Florida, the cost of South Carolina’s saltwater fishing license is, simply put, ridiculously low.

West Coast
Recreation

12-year-old surfer riding to world championship

Caitlin Simmers, 12, of Oceanside, California, surfing in the Aloha Cup at the World Surfing Games in September. She has been named to USA Surfing's 12-member World Junior Surfing Champion team.

Northeast
Science

Blue Economy gets $300K state boost

Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development announced a $300,000 commitment toward the effort to propel the “Blue Economy” forward at UMass Dartmouth Monday evening.

Gulf
Waterways

Dredging project complete at the Port of Vinton

It has been more than seven years since any maintenance dredge work has been performed on the channel.

Coastwide
Waterways

Dredging Market is Expected to Reach 2.7% During 2017 to 2022 according to new research report

The global dredging market will touch a value of nearly US$ 16,500 Mn in the year 2022 and grow at a sluggish CAGR during the assessment period.

Gulf
Tourism

Tourism promoters stress Pensacola unscathed by Hurricane Michael

Tourists once headed to Panama City Beach and other parts of the eastern Panhandle are now winding up in Pensacola Beach.

Gulf
Tourism

No End in Sight for Florida’s Algae Emergency as Red Tide Spreads up Atlantic Coast

The red tide that’s plagued Florida’s Gulf Coast for a year and made a rare jump east earlier this month wasn’t vanquished by Hurricane Michael.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

Tourism Board looks to buy property; negotiate with Nags Head

At its October meeting, the Dare County Tourism Board moved forward with two initiatives.

Gulf
Science

LSU professor honored in China for coastal wetlands research

Environmental sciences professor Ed Laws received the Friendship Award from the People’s Republic of China on Sept. 29 for his coastal wetlands research.

Northeast
Science

Right whales could drop to levels unseen since 1990

Scientists say the population of North Atlantic right whales could decline to levels not seen since 1990 in as few as 12 years.

Coastwide
Science

How microplastics, marine aggregates and marine animals are connected

Prior research has suggested that mussels are a robust indicator of plastic debris and particles in marine environments. A new study says that's not the case because mussels are picky eaters and have an inherent ability to choose and sort their food.

Northwest
Science

‘State of the Coast’ conference set for Oct. 27 in Coos Bay

Registration has opened for Oregon Sea Grant's annual State of the Coast conference, which will be held Oct. 27 in Coos Bay.

Gulf
Science

Oil Spill Settlement Pays for Climate Curriculum in Gulf States

Grants will focus on education around sea level rise, water quality, and air pollution

Coastwide
Property

Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash

It could rival the bursting dot-com and real estate bubbles of 2000 and 2008

Mid-Atlantic
Property

Long Beach, Hempstead Town In Talks To Make Private Beach Public

The stretch of beach, which is currently owned by a Lido Beach condo, is one of the last private beaches on the Barrier Island

Southeast
Property

Flagler Beach house gets more than $1 million

The house has a elevator and 3,242 square feet of living space.

Gulf
Tourism

Bed tax collections could reach $60 million this year – a record high

As of August, more than $56.5 million in bed tax, aka tourist development tax, had been collected.

Gulf
Local

Walton considers adding a penny to tourist development tax

The additional penny can be used “to acquire, construct, extend, enlarge, remodel, repair, improve, maintain, operate, or finance.”

Coastwide
Fisheries

ICCAT Must Commit to Rebuilding Stocks and Enacting Fisheries Reforms

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is responsible for the conservation and management of tunas, sharks, and other highly migratory species in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

US Western Pacific council recommends catch limits for CNMI, presents $250K check

A $250,000 check was presented to CNMI governor Ralph Torres and Department of Lands and Natural Resources secretary Anthony Benavente

Northeast
Fisheries

Herring, key to coastal health, returning to rivers

Scientists with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission say they are starting to see upward trends in the populations of alewives, also known as river herring.

Northwest
Fisheries

Fisheries minister meets with stakeholders to discuss right whale protections

Some fishermen in the region said the so-called dynamic and static closures were heavy-handed and unnecessary.

Coastwide
Federal

President Signs into Law America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

President Donald J. Trump signed into law S. 3021, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

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Mid-Atlantic
Federal

Endangered piping plover reaps rewards of Delaware's $38 million restoration at Prime Hook

Biologists say a $38 million restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is benefiting a slew of species, including piping plovers.

Gulf
Engineering

Trump signs law speeding up levee, flood protection projects in Louisiana

The Morganza to the Gulf project would protect Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes from storms and floods.

Coastwide
Engineering

Trump Signs Water Infrastructure Bill Providing $3.7B for New Corps Projects

The Senate cleared the popular bill on Oct. 10 by a 99-1 vote. The House passed it on Sept. 13 by a voice vote.

Northeast
Engineering

Resilient Boston Harbor Vision Released

The plan increases open space and public access.

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Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

Long Beach gets $20M to protect bayfront hit by Sandy

The federal funding will go toward building bulkheading that officials say is needed to prevent future damage to the wastewater treatment plant and electrical substation.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

North Carollina Talies $12.7 Billion Toll from Hurricane Florence

Indirect effects are drops in B2B transactions. Induced effects are payroll and personal income drops and loss of commerce. Resiliency efforts reflect funding needs.

Northwest
Energy

Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say

Southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound may not survive without breaching the Lower Snake River dams to help the salmon the orcas live on, scientists say.