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News from Across the American Shoreline

Southeast
Property

NC - Hurricane season spurs hog waste worries in North Carolina

As experts predict an active storm season, critics say the hog industry has done little to change after recent hurricanes overwhelmed waste lagoons.

International
Science

World - Yearly carbon dioxide levels reach another record high

How these record high levels link humans to our changing climate

Caribbean
Aquaculture

B.C. - Coastal First Nation gets a taste of success with seaweed

A small First Nation on the coast in B.C. is starting to reap the rewards of taking a risk on seaweed farming.

Southeast
Science

NC - Why Ecologists Are Haunted by the Rapid Growth of Ghost Forests

A study in North Carolina of dying trees may represent a foreboding preview of what may come to coastal ecosystems worldwide

Southeast
Engineering

LA - $2 billion project would help save Louisiana coast - and stoke flooding in these hamlets

In lower Plaquemines Parish, some fear they are river diversion's 'collateral damage'

Coastwide
Fisheries

US - Seafood harvesters applaud 30x30 report

Effort to conserve 30% of the nation’s federal lands and waters faces uphill battle

Southeast
Engineering

NC - Southern Shores Town Council establishes MSDs; tax increases to be determined - The Coastland Times | The Coastland Times

The Town Council of Southern Shores voted Monday, May 3 to establish municipal service districts (MSD), though the discussion whether to use MSDs to fund beach nourishment is ongoing.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

US - Feds raise protections for North Atlantic right whales, but sea turtles may suffer

North Atlantic right whales have gained protections and sea turtles are more imperiled under a new federal calendar for harbor dredging that came to light May 14 in a federal lawsuit that seeks to protect sea turtles.

Caribbean
Aquaculture

Int'l - First offshore seaweed farm established in US tropical waters

The first seaweed farm in US tropical waters has been installed in Puerto Rico, in a bid to support large-scale production of algal biomass for biofuels and other valuable bioproducts.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - MacDill Air Force Base’s security is threatened by climate change | Column

Hurricanes and floods in Tampa would disrupt Central Command and Special Operations Command’s crucial work, while extreme weather abroad exacerbates the crises they deal with each day.

Coastwide
Science

World - Guest post: Lessons learned from five years of extreme weather ‘rapid attribution’

In the immediate aftermath of an extreme weather event, a common question arises around how much human-caused climate change contributed to its likelihood or severity.

Northeast
Advocacy

RI - Rising Seas, Coastal Development Endanger Indigenous Culture — ecoRI News

Ongoing development along Rhode Island’s shoreline pushes Native people out while sea-level rise threatens to drown important cultural areas

Caribbean
Local

VI - Superior Court Rules in Favor of Summer’s End Marina

A Superior Court judge’s ruling removed one legal hurdle for the developers of a mega-yacht marina in Coral Bay on St. John.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

AK - US Senate Approves Act Permitting Large Ships to Cruise to Alaska

In a voice vote, the U.S. Senate this afternoon approved the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act that would permit large cruise ships to operate cruises to Alaska this summer.

International
Energy

Int'l - Construction starts on Ørsted’s first green hydrogen project

With a groundbreaking ceremony held on 17 May and led by Dan Jørgensen, the Danish minister for Climate, Energy & Utilities, Ørsted marked the onsite start of construction of its first green hydrogen project.

Northeast
Justice

RI - No Trespassing: Coastal Land Taken from Indigenous People Walled Off with Signs, Fences and Chains

These testaments to historic theft — not by the current owners but by centuries of violence against this land’s Indigenous people — don’t escape the notice of Narragansett Indian Tribe members as they make their way down house-lined Charlestown Beach Road to the shores of Block Island Sound, a sacred ceremonial place for the tribe for thousands of years.

International
Waterways

Int'l - Norsepower to install rotor sails on new-build bulker

Norsepower Oy Ltd, a global provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, announced the installation of five tilting rotor sails onboard a new-build very large ore carrier (VLOC) chartered by Vale, the Brazilian mining company.

Northeast
Federal

US - U.S. Coast Guard is giving away four lighthouses, including one in Duluth

Federal, state and local agencies, as well as some nonprofits are eligible to take over the lighthouses for free.

Coastwide
Waterways

World - Shipping rule cleans the air but dirties the water

In an unwelcome twist, a global effort to curb pollution from the heavy fuel oil burned by most big ships appears to be encouraging water pollution instead.

Mid-Atlantic
Justice

NC - Seeking inclusive strategies to help coastal communities adjust, plan for sea-level rise

Recurring flood damage to homes and powerful storms that threaten infrastructure are realities facing many coastal North Carolina communities.

International
Federal

UK - Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy Action Plan 2021

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy Action Plan (the Strategy action plan) focuses on actions from April 2021 to April 2022. It describes what is already being done to achieve the ambitions of the new National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England (the Strategy).

Caribbean
Tourism

Mexico - Caribbean coast at "imminent risk" of lockdown

The governor of Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast said Thursday his state is at “imminent risk” of returning to lockdown as coronavirus cases there rose steadily.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Opinion: We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters

The infrastructure bills taking shape in Congress will be the first test of the Biden administration’s ability to legislate on climate change. Most eyes are on how greener infrastructure can cut emissions of warming gases.

Northeast
Fisheries

RI - Few assurances for fishermen in federal offshore wind approval

The final approval issued this week for Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first major offshore wind farm, offers few guarantees to commercial fishermen.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Editorial: Politicians to blame for record manatee deaths

The biblical phrase “You reap what you sow” tastes like ashes grinding between the teeth this year as beloved Florida manatees die of starvation at record sickening levels.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Occupancy tax revenue continues to soar, breaks records in January, February, March

EMERALD ISLE — The boom in tourism and occupancy tax revenue in 2020 continued unabated through the winter quarter of 2021, according to Greg Rudolph, manager of the Carteret County Shore Protection Office.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Miami Beach Tourism and Hospitality Industry Making Faster Than Expected Recovery

The tourism and hospitality industry in Miami Beach is making a faster than expected recovery as resort tax revenues continue to come in higher than projected. Instead of an anticipated 50% drop in revenue from March 2019, the last year of normal operations, actual receipts were down only 9.6%. As a result, the City collected $4.3 million more than projected.

Caribbean
Property

Caymen Isl - Dot Com millionaire gets green light for apartments

(CNS): Frank Schilling, the former owner of Uniregistry, the domain name company that made him his fortune, has been given approval to build a luxury apartment development on the north coast of West Bay, off Sand Hole Road.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

HI - State investigates after dredging work in Honolulu Harbor damages huge area of coral

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state is investigating after recent dredging operations caused what Land and Natural Resources officials described as “large and significant” damage to coral colonies near the entrance to Honolulu Harbor.

International
Property

World - Tsunami Hazard Found By Scientists Will Destroy Coastal Cities

Scientists have perceived another and possibly annihilating tsunami peril in explicit spaces of the world, associated with undersea strike-slip faults in the Earth’s crust – where squares of rock along a partition point slide uniformly past one another.

Pacific Northwest
Science

WA - Officials: invasive green crabs spreading along coast

SEATTLE (AP) — European green crabs were found in Washington’s inland waters in 2016, prompting extensive monitoring. Now state officials say this destructive invasive species is spreading in several coastal locations.

International
Science

S America - Scientists publish unique data set on the northern Chilean subduction zone

Northern Chile is an ideal natural laboratory to study the origin of earthquakes. Here, the Pacific Nazca plate slides underneath the South American continental plate with a speed of about 65 millimeters per year.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Coast Survey to shut down the Raster Navigational Chart Tile Service and other related services

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) will shut down its Raster Navigational Chart (RNC) Tile Service and the online RNC Viewer on 1 October 2021.

International
Energy

AU - Australia stuns with abandoned fields decom costs levy

The Australian oil industry was stunned by the government’s decision to levy the estimated $200 million cost of decommissioning Laminaria-Corallina oil fields in the Timor Sea.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - The Perverse Incentives of Federal Disaster Aid

Experts worry that some federal disaster aid is actually creating perverse incentives for cities and states — and deterring them from making better climate policies.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - Opinion: Offshore wind holds promise for vulnerable bird populations

Heidi Ricci is director of Policy and Advocacy, and Joan Walsh is the Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology, for Mass Audubon in Lincoln. Garry George is the clean energy director for the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C.

International
Advocacy

NZ - 'Opinions' on seabed mining should not be confused with 'facts', opponents say

OPINION: As we await a landmark decision from the Supreme Court on whether a proposed seabed mining operation can proceed in the South Taranaki Bight, it’s time to set a few things straight that have been said about this experimental and destructive industry.

Southeast
Federal

FL - ‘Impending disaster.’ Worsening algae bloom on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee threatens coasts again

MIAMI — The scene at Pahokee marina on Lake Okeechobee last week was a warning sign: A thick mat of algae in various shades of green, brown, gray and fluorescent blue covered the area around boat slips. In some spots, the gunk was so dense it stuck out 2 inches above the water.

Northeast
Science

MA - NORTHEASTERN’S AWARD-WINNING COASTAL RESEARCH CAMPUS IN MASSACHUSETTS FACES PUBLIC VOTE

The residents of Nahant, Mass. will vote this weekend on whether to seize part of the property where Northeastern’s Marine Science Center conducts vital, cutting-edge research to improve the sustainability of coastal communities facing the effects of climate change.

International
Fisheries

South Africa - Fishing communities oppose West Coast mining plans

Before it’s too late, fishing communities are largely saying no to mining on the West Coast, which they say could threaten fishing stocks, vegetation and pose health implications for residents.

Coastwide
Science

US - 'Ghost forests' visible from space spread along the coast as sea levels rise

Seawater is raising salt levels in coastal woodlands along the entire Atlantic Coastal Plain, from Maine to Florida.

International
Fisheries

Mexico - 'Cocaine of the sea' threatens critically endangered vaquita

The vaquita marina is found only in Mexico. It is the most critically endangered sea mammal on the planet, its survival threatened by a deadly clash of interests between fishing and conservation. Scientists estimate there may be fewer than a dozen left in the wild.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

Chesapeake Bay - Governors say a ‘Billion for the Bay’ will help clean up the Chesapeake

Governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are urging Congress to spend an additional billion dollars on Bay restoration efforts.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Cape Hatteras Selects Sediment Management Plan

The National Park Service has selected a plan that provides a streamlined framework for Cape Hatteras National Seashore to manage over the next 20 years activities such as including beach nourishment, dune rebuilding, habitat restoration and emergency breach fill, with conditions.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

US - Great Lakes Dredge & Dock announces receipt of $112 million in awarded work

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. announced today the receipt of several major dredging awards totaling $112.8 million.

Coastwide
Science

US - NASA partners with deep-ocean explorers to develop tech for Europa mission

A new deep-sea exploration technology that could one day search for life in subsurface oceans on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn will be put to test during a two-week demonstration expedition aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship.

West Coast
Fisheries

ID - Bold proposal to breach Snake River dams

A bold proposal to remove four dams on the lower Snake River to aid in salmon recovery has been set forth by an Idaho congressman.

Science

Norway - Norwegian Project to Research Carbon Capture and Storage on Ships

Norwegian shipping company Klaveness Combination Carriers became the first shipping line to join a new initiative that will explore the use of Carbon Capture & Storage technologies (CCS) for ships to reduce CO2 emissions.

Southeast
Science

US - USGS Scientists Add Another Piece to Puzzle of How Hurricanes Can Gain Strength

Unique observations collected by U.S. Geological Survey scientists during Hurricane María in 2017, revealed previously unknown ocean processes that may aid in more accurate hurricane forecasting and impact predictions.

Coastwide
Science

World - Why is future sea level rise still so uncertain?

Three new papers in the last couple of weeks have each made separate claims about whether sea level rise from the loss of ice in West Antarctica is more or less than you might have thought last month and with more or less certainty.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

Arctic - China’s Navy in the Arctic: Potential Game Changer for the Future of the Region?

Today’s Arctic is different in that there is a new player in the region, namely China, which is bringing new opportunities to the area, but at the same time making political and security issues there even more complex.

International
Property

Australia - Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

‘Going from the old LEP to the new one is far from replacing like with like,’ says former Byron Shire Councillor Sandra Heilpern.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MD - Chesapeake Bay restoration stumbles in race to finish line

The new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed that day laid out 10 broad goals and 31 outcomes, many to be achieved by 2025 or even earlier.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Red tide, blue-green algae prompt environmental groups to ask DeSantis for state of emergency

Several environmental groups have asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency for communities impacted by what appears to be a growing toxic blue-green algae outbreak in the Lake Okeechobee system and a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico.

International
Property

UK - Latest UK report from Property Market-Index shows major uplift in investment and value for beachfront developments

The last UK lockdown has simply accelerated the housing trends we saw in the first one, headed by a desire to escape the urban environment of cities and towns as people continue to relocate to the coast, according to latest research from Property Market-Index.com.

Coastwide
Fisheries

World - Benefits quickly outweigh costs of banning bottom trawling from Marine Protected Areas

A socioeconomic analysis [1] commissioned by Seas At Risk and carried out by New Economics Foundation has revealed that a ban on bottom-contacting gear (bottom trawling and bottom dredging) in Marine Protected Areas would yield net benefits as soon as four years after the ban comes into force.

International
Local

Europe - 'Loaf-sized amber' washed up on beach sparks frenzy as crowds descend on Baltic village

Crowds have descended on a Baltic beach in the hope of finding amber, after canal workers said they had discovered pieces ‘the size of bread’.

Coastwide
Federal

US - Rep. Fletcher: Texas Members Lead Bipartisan Effort to Include Funding for Coastal Resiliency Projects-like Texas Coastal Spine-In American Jobs Plan

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) led a bipartisan coalition of the Texas delegation calling on Congressional leadership to prioritize funding for coastal resiliency projects like the Texas Coastal Spine in the American Jobs Plan.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Years of tight herring quotas have lobstermen using new baits

For many years, herring has been the bait of choice for Maine’s lobster fishery but the supply doesn’t meet today’s demand.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

AL - $22 million grant to bolster causeway ‘lifeline’ to Dauphin Island, adding salt marsh habitat

As Ala. 193 approaches the end of the mainland on its way to Dauphin Island, the road transits a low, narrow causeway vulnerable to storm surges. A new project will add a breakwater and acres of march to its east

Coastwide
Advocacy

FL - IN BRIEF: Enviros petition feds for whale-saving slow vessel rule off Florida coast

Environmental groups urged the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on Tuesday to establish a year-round speed limit for ships in areas of the Gulf of Mexico, home to one of the most endangered whales worldwide, to prevent deadly collisions.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - NEWS An Australian destroyer arrived in San Diego with 2 dead endangered whales stuck to its hull

Two dead endangered whales were dislodged from the hull of an Australian destroyer after the warship docked in San Diego last weekend, according to the Royal Australian Navy.

Coastwide
Waterways

US - US 'stands ready' for shippers' Jones Act waiver requests to meet Southeast fuel shortages

Biden administration tries to alleviate Southeast shortages. EPA nine states to fuel waiver, extends order to May 31. DOT issues new order allowing overweight truck loads

Caribbean
Tourism

USVA - Army Corps taking public comment on "The Bebop" until May 26

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking public comment on “The Bebop,” a proposed 120-foot-long floating bar and restaurant the owner wants to moor in Pillsbury Sound, between Mingo and Grass cays.

International
Energy

Canada - Floating wind pilot could power Canadian oil and gas drilling

Saitec secures a government grant for a feasibility study into using floating offshore wind to power oil and gas drilling in Canada

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Floating container home in NYC rises and falls with changing sea levels

New York City-based architecture firm Rekstur is tackling the city’s 578 miles of coastal real estate with a floating container home off Rockaway peninsula in Jamaica Bay.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Parking Lot In The Pacific Persists As Imports Jam U.S. Ports

Ship congestion outside the busiest U.S. gateway for trade with Asia persisted over the past week amid a steady flow of imports at some of the highest ocean freight rates on record.

International
Energy

UK - Advisory firm PIRC slams Shell on climate strategy before AGM

Shareholder advisory PIRC recommended investors vote against Shell's non-binding resolution on its energy transition strategy on Tuesday, setting up a showdown at its annual general meeting next week.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

Antarctica - Antarctica’s Doomsday Glacier: How Doomed Are We?

Two new papers offer radically different predictions of the glacier’s future — and thus for the future of low-lying cities around the world. Here’s how to understand the divergent projections

Northeast
Energy

MA - Biden Administration approves 800MW Vineyard offshore wind farm

Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has passed the final major step in the federal review process, which means it will likely become the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the United States.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

VA - Roughly 62% of likely voters consider flooding a serious threat to Virginia’s economy, poll shows

A majority of likely voters view flooding and climate change as serious threats to Virginia and its economy — and want the state to do more to combat the issues, a new poll shows.

Northeast
Engineering

NY - Stantec redesigns NYC’s The Battery to protect it from rising tides

Global design firm Stantec has revealed preliminary designs for the Battery Coastal Resilience Project, a $129 million New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) initiative to save The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park) from rising tides.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - Hawaiʻi Legislature Passes Key Measures Supported by Environmental Caucus

The Hawaiʻi Legislature passed House Bill 553, which prohibits intentionally capturing, entangling or killing a shark in state marine waters.

Coastwide
Justice

US - Seeking Inclusive Strategies to Help Coastal Communities Adjust, Plan for Sea-Level Rise

Recurring flood damage to homes and powerful storms that threaten infrastructure are realities facing many coastal North Carolina communities. However, for three predominately African-American, rural communities near the coast, NC State researchers documented additional injustices that threaten the communities’ ability to adapt to a changing climate.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - $14 million flood plan proposed for Charleston medical district

A $14 million dollar drainage improvement project is in the works to help relieve flooding in the medical district.

Coastwide
Science

World - Climate Change Effects Coastal Wetlands' Carbon Absorption

Coastal wetlands can absorb and store carbon even faster than forests do. Research questions whether that may be changing as the climate warms. (Story originally aired on WeSat on May 8, 2021.)

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International
Advocacy

UK - Coastal landfill sites probed over pollution fears

A three-year £2.3m study is investigating the effects that chemical pollutants from coastal landfill sites may be having on the health and survival of UK sea birds.

Coastwide
Engineering

World - Ocean Mining Frenzy Drives $2.9 Billion Merger

Littering the abyssal plain of the Pacific Ocean are an estimated 21 billion tonnes worth of polymetallic nodules containing high grades of manganese, nickel, copper and cobalt – the so-called “battery metals” that Tesla (Nasdaq:TSLA) has warned may soon be in short supply.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NJ - Op-Ed: Delaware River pollution should be a national concern

Call for clean water, justice and jobs in environmental justice communities like Camden, Chester, Philadelphia and Wilmington

International
Federal

Canada - Canada's oceans on the crest of a transformative decade

Canada is in the enviable position of having the longest coastline in the world.

Coastwide
Property

US - A Minimal and Modular Hurricane-resistant home wins arch out loud's 'shelter' competition

architectural research initiative arch out loud has teamed up with american home construction company deltec homes to launch the ‘shelter’ competition, challenging participants to design the hurricane resilient home of the future.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Residents, officials call for faster action on Tijuana-San Diego sewage problem

Burkhart's experience is commonplace and a reminder of the decadeslong struggle to address the recurring sewage spills from Tijuana that pollute the shoreline of San Diego County's South Bay region.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - VIDEO: Third tug sunk at site of new artificial reef off Outer Banks

The Valley Forge, a 108-foot firefighting tugboat, was sunk seven miles southeast of Oregon Inlet on May 6, 2021 to become part of AR-165.

West Coast
Advocacy

OR - A Whale of a Controversy

Animal rights groups and the Makah Nation tangle over traditional whaling

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Bob Marshall: A second chance at being the world's energy center, if we seize the opportunity

Like people, communities sometimes play the “What if?” game, wishing they could get a second shot at some life-changing decisions. They seldom get that chance.

International
Waterways

World - Lessons From the Ship That Nearly Destroyed 12 Percent of World Trade

The grounding of MV Ever Given from March 23 to March 29, 2021 captured the world’s attention. Many people asked, how could such a modern and large vessel find itself with its bow rammed into Asia, its stern aground on Africa, and its midship astride one of the major maritime chokepoints in the world?

Coastwide
Energy

World - Developing Prospects for Oceanic Geothermal Energy Conversion

While the earth’s core is believed to be molten material, the majority of the world’s active volcanoes are believed to be releasing vast amounts of thermal energy on the ocean floor.

International
Engineering

UK - Gaps to be created at Ainsdale Sand Dunes to boost biodiversity on Sefton Coast

V-shaped gaps will be excavated in the front of selected sand dunes at Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve (NNR) to improve these beautiful dune habitats for rare wildlife.

West Coast
Advocacy

WA - Southern resident orca pod in best condition in decade

There is some cause for cautious optimism for the southern resident killer whales that frequent Puget Sound

Coastwide
Federal

US - NOAA Nominee Rick Spinrad Has Deep Roots at the Agency

President Biden announced last week that he is nominating oceanographer Rick Spinrad to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spinrad previously served as head of the agency’s research office and as its chief scientist.