News from Across the American Shoreline

West Coast
Science

CA - New research to address kelp forest crisis in California

July 6, 2020 – California Sea Grant is pleased to announce six new research projects aimed at restoring California’s kelp forests.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

LA - Rutherford Beach conservation area damaged

CREOLE, La. (KPLC) - At Rutherford Beach, you can often find roped off area to protect wildlife, but some conservationists say that the holiday weekend festivities may have damaged these areas.

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - Whats the real flood danger in Oregon? New data shows the risk to your home

As global climate change begins to make a home in the United States in the form of rising seas, punishing storms, and more intense rainfall, the federal government underestimates the flood risk for 170,102 households and properties in Oregon, a wide-ranging scientific analysis released Monday found.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

MD - Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million

Projects Funded Statewide for Improved Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety.

International
Science

World - Study: Warming waters endanger up to 60 percent of fish species

A new study examining fishes’ reactions to heat at different stages of their life process has revealed that warming waters could impede reproduction in up to 60 percent of species.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - 3 Years After Hurricane Harvey, Many Houston Homeowners Don't Know Who’s At Risk Next

A lack of data and options is trapping people in flood-prone homes and driving inequality.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Visit Virtually: Popular Parks, Attractions Adjust to COVID-19

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- While the coronavirus pandemic has altered many travel plans, a number of attractions are offering an interactive virtual experience in the era of social distancing.

Pacific Northwest
Science

WA - Tracking sockeye: Research on fish could lead to new projects in Yakima River basin

Sockeye fishing took on a larger purpose for a handful of volunteers at the mouth of the Yakima River early on June 26.

Caribbean
Property

CYM - Editorial: The chance to build a better Cayman

It is easy to throw uplifting quotes at a crisis, telling people that, if only they look hard enough, there will be an opportunity hidden somewhere.

International
Fisheries

IRE - Warning issued about increased levels of toxins in shellfish

Increased toxin levels have been detected in recent weeks during a routine nationwide shellfish monitoring programme along the South West and West coasts of Ireland.

West Coast
Property

CA - High Surf Brings More Destruction to Capo Beach

Capistrano Beach Park can't catch a break. Holiday weekend high tides and surf hastened the destruction of remaining infrastructure.

Great Lakes
Engineering

WI - State issues coastal management grants to Kenosha, Racine area projects

More than $100,000 has been allocated by the State of Wisconsin to go toward managing the coastline in Kenosha and Racine counties.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

AK - Corps continues legacy of dredging at Port of Alaska

All summer long, a crimson and white boat moves back and forth through the waters near the Port of Alaska collecting silt, sand and gravel off the seafloor to allow vessels to navigate the harbor in Anchorage.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - US offshore wind sector moving ahead

Offshore wind is whirring ahead in US waters, albeit on a slower trajectory than its most ardent supporters had hoped.

Great Lakes
Science

OH - Lake Erie algal bloom and new twist on the Ned Rig

You don’t often think of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when talking about the Great Lakes, but NOAA will be in the spotlight later this week when it joins with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at The Ohio State University to forecast this year’s algal bloom on Lake Erie.

International
Engineering

IND - Lakhwar dam on Yamuna River in India cleared, ignoring laws

Largest dam on the river, in an earthquake-prone biodiversity hotspot, will risk one of the few habitats left for the endangered golden mahseer

Gulf of Mexico
Local

TX - Protesters demonstrate against Galveston's beach closure

GALVESTON: A small group of protesters Saturday took complaints about COVID-19-related closures to the beach.

Coastwide
Science

Atlantic - Tropical Storm Edouard could form in the Atlantic this week

(CNN) — After a two-week lull in the Atlantic hurricane season caused by Sarahan dust, the tropics are heating back up again.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - BP to pay for four new Okaloosa County reefs

Plans call for constructing artificial reef structures 15 to 20 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in four locations, two off Destin and two off Okaloosa Island.

International
Energy

World - Coronavirus Bailouts Stoke Climate Change

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed climate change from the headlines, but it has hardly arrested it.

Northeast
Science

NJ - New Jersey is warming faster than other Northeast states, with sea level rise higher too, report finds

New Jersey is warming faster than other Northeastern states, with average temperatures rising 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the fossil fuel era began in the 1880s, and heatwaves will get more numerous and frequent, according to the state’s first assessment of climate change.

Northeast
Property

MA - Discrepancy found in Cape Cod flood data

Local agencies including Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown conducting flood risk evaluation on even finer scale

International
Science

IRE - Wet wipes proving detrimental to Belharbour's marine environment

Plastic pollutants are proving to be a major issue in Irish Waters, an investigative study carried out by NUIG at Belharbour has found.

International
Science

World - How volcanoes explode in the deep sea

Most volcanic eruptions take place unseen at the bottom of the world's oceans. In recent years, oceanography has shown that this submarine volcanism not only deposits lava but also ejects large amounts of volcanic ash.

International
Engineering

NLD - Rising sea levels: The Haakse Dike – an escape route for the wealthy west?

While sea levels are slowly rising at present, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predicts that the tempo will accelerate from 2050 onwards and that this will have serious consequences.

International
Tourism

GER - Germany's seal population on the rise after coronavirus restrictions clear beaches

This spring, as many of Germany's beaches were closed and people were encouraged to stay home, gray seals in the North Sea appear to have thrived. Numbers have tripled since 2008.

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Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - North Carolina completes coastal resilience plan

BOGUE BANKS — State officials in early June completed a plan to improve resilience to severe weather and other climate stressors coastal communities have long experienced.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska cooperative hopes to revive commercial salmon fishing

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A group of Alaska fishermen have formed an organization they hope will help revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - Myrtle Beach reopened to survive the summer. Now, it’s a coronavirus ‘petri dish.’

Cara Ellen Modisett fields the usual battery of questions every time she visits the doctor: Is she feeling well? Did she travel abroad? Has she been in contact with someone known to have the coronavirus?

International
Tourism

GRC - First Tourists Arrive on Mykonos as Greece Opens Borders

After a three-month hiatus, tourism is expected to begin in Mykonos with the arrival of international travelers from countries including Spain, Switzerland, France and Austria.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

AL - ‘Walking a tight rope’: Alabama’s beaches manage surge of visitors, spike in coronavirus

At least eight restaurants have had to shut down for sanitization after employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Gulf - Gulf of Mexico tourism recovery after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

AMERICAN RESILIENCE: A decade after recovering from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that left their beaches covered in tar, Gulf towns face another existential threat — the coronavirus pandemic.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - Reps: Fed center could power offshore wind efforts

BOSTON - A federal-level effort that brings together technology and policy minds to coordinate regional supply chains, foster a skilled workforce and plan for reliable transmission would help offshore wind energy become an even more attractive source of power, three members of the state’s Congressional delegation said.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Port of Corpus Christi to receive FEMA Funds for Hurricane Harvey repairs

The Port of Corpus Christi will receive additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for infrastructure repairs damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Grim reaper to strike Jacksonville Beach with pointed agenda

Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder became morbid fixture of Panhandle sands. Now he heads east.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - As pandemic kicks mass tourism, islands seek to mend ties with nature TheDispatch

WASHINGTON: Since coronavirus emptied Hawaii of tourists, seals have been lounging on beaches, fish are swimming closer to shore and the turquoise water of the U.S. islands’ famous Hanauma Bay is 55% clearer, one marine biologist said.

Northeast
Energy

NE - Coast Guard challenged on offshore wind traffic study

A Coast Guard study that recommends against designated vessel transit lanes through New England offshore wind turbine arrays “contains serious foundational and analytical errors that merit correction,” commercial fishing advocates say in a formal objection to the findings.

International
Advocacy

BR - Brazil could dynamite Amazon dolphin, turtle habitat for industrial waterway

Brazil plans to excavate and dredge many millions of cubic meters of material, including the ecologically sensitive Lourencão Rocks, to create an industrial shipping channel on the Tocantins River in the Amazon. This article includes rarely seen video images of some of the endemic and threatened fish living in the Tocantins River rapids.

International
Science

AU - On a Barbarous Coast is shaped by real events and anecdotes

Fiction: On a Barbarous Coast, Harold Ludwick and Craig Cormick Allen & Unwin

International
Science

Int'l - New study predicts coral bleaching, coral-eating starfish invasions

Consider it an early warning system that for many nations, islands and jurisdictions could help ensure a plan is put into place to fend off any danger to its coral reefs, which serve as both tourist magnets and ecosystems that provide food for residents.

Southeast
Federal

FL - Florida Congressmen Team Up on the Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms Act

Two members of the Florida delegation in the U.S. House teamed up this week on a proposal to create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to help in the fights against red tide and blue-green algae.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Is your property a flood risk? New tool shows millions are, including entire Florida towns

A new app designed to rank the flood risk for every property in the U.S. has some distressing findings for Florida.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Maine’s Vacationland hot spots are ghost towns as tourism struggles amid coronavirus

BAR HARBOR, Maine – Tourists typically pack this seaside village on Maine’s rocky coast for the Fourth of July holiday, lining up to take whale-watching trips, hike Cadillac Mountain or savor slices of blueberry pie. But since the coronavirus struck, the sidewalks have been desolate.

Southeast
Science

USA - Mangrove Trees Can Save Americans Tens of Billions in Flood Damages– So New Alliance Gets Planting

New studies looking at the relationship between property damage from floods and hurricanes—and the presence of mangrove trees—suggest that this coastal species, which is loved by fish, crustaceans, and invertebrates, can actually save a country millions of dollars of property damage every year.

International
Engineering

EU - Historic Floods Reveal How Salt Marshes Can Save Lives in The Future

Coastal wetlands like salt marshes are increasingly recognized as valuable natural defenses that protect coasts against strong wave attacks. Yet their performance during real-world, extreme storms has rarely been told.

International
Property

World - Tonga among world's most exposed countries to natural disasters

Tonga is one of the world’s most exposed countries to climate change and natural disasters. It suffered the highest loss from natural disasters in the world (as a ratio to GDP) in 2018. “Climate change will make this worse,” says a new IMF assessment that was released this week.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Gulf - A decade after recovering from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that left their beaches covered in tar, Gulf towns face another existential threat — the coronavirus pandemic

Tourism along the Gulf of Mexico came to a screeching halt in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill covered Texas, Lousiana, Alabama, and Florida resort towns' once-pristine beaches with tar.

Northeast
Property

NY - In New York City, ‘Managed Retreat’ Has Become a Grim Reality

Hurricane Sandy inundated parts of Staten Island, Queens and Lower Manhattan, where sea level rise caused by climate change threatening homes—and lives.

Coastwide
Tourism

USA - Beach Closures around the American Shoreline

Everything you need to know about beach closures this Fourth of July weekend.

International
Property

India - PTR veto on flood control projects puts lives of 10,000 villagers in Pilibhit at risk during monsoons

PILIBHIT: The rejection of a flood control project by the state government has put the lives of over 10,000 people of four villages in Pilibhit's Puranpur tehsil a risk.

Coastwide
Recreation

USA - Ever Wondered What It’s Like Checking the Surf From Space?

An interview with surfer and astronaut Christina Koch about her 328-day spaceflight.

Northeast
Fisheries

ME - Steneck shares climate impacts on lobster industry in DMC virtual seminar

Robert Steneck will present “Maine's changing lobster fishery: some direct and indirect impacts of climate change” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, as a virtual seminar, or webinar, hosted by the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole.

International
Science

World - How do you deal with 9m tonnes of suffocating seaweed?

Across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, scientists are developing alternative sustainable solutions to the golden tide of Sargassum

International
Energy

Denmark - Huge Orsted US wind projects could be delayed by Covid-19, analysts claim

A number of Orsted’s major wind developments in the US could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to analysts.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - Agreement Reached To Protect Dwindling Shark Species

Thousands of oceanic whitetip sharks have died in commercial fishing off Hawaii. Now, WESPAC will have to devise a plan to better protect them.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

MS - $85.5M being spent to restore Gulf Coast

Members of the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund Advisory Board spent months reviewing possible projects to finance with $85.5 million in Restore Act money.

International
Science

World - Some new climate models are projecting extreme warming. Are they correct?

Recent climate models are 'running hot,' projecting catastrophic global warming. Puzzled scientists are weighing whether the models need correcting or whether severe warming is a real threat.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Bill calls for grant funding for projects to bolster US coastal, fishing communities

U.S. Representatives Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Florida) and Don Young (R-Alaska) filed a bill in Congress on Friday, 26 June, that calls for USD 3 billion (EUR 2.67 billion) in grants funding designed to restore the country’s coastal ecosystems, including fisheries.

Northeast
Property

NY - Off-shore sea gates could protect New York

The effort faces objections, but it may be the best way to hold back storm surges.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Prehistoric mystery emerges off Texas after wood found buried 20 feet below seafloor

In a tale reminiscent of a Jules Verne novel, scientists have found evidence suggesting people once lived in an area that is now buried 20 feet below the Gulf of Mexico.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Group tries to halt dredging of Big Pass in Sarasota

The restraining order request comes just days before the Lido Key renourishment project is set to begin.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

OR - Oregon Receives $215 Grand for Beach Water Testing

Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, Oregon’s United States Senators, announced that they had acquired $215,000 from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency for Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to test levels of bacteria in water at Oregon beaches.

International
Science

Australia - First Underwater Aboriginal Archaeological Sites Discovered off Australia

The first underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites have been discovered off northwest Australia dating back thousands of years ago when the current seabed was dry land.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - EDITORIAL: Army Corps dollars come at great cost

The Carteret County Beach Commission should resist taking an apparent $44 million windfall from the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a proposed a long term beach nourishment program. It has liabilities that will wash out many of the possible benefits and in the process restrain local control of beach management.

Coastwide
Property

USA - Millions of Homeowners Who Need Flood Insurance Don’t Know It — Thanks to FEMA

It is FEMA’s job to warn homeowners about major flood risks, but its approach is notoriously limited. In Cook County alone, researchers found about six times as many properties in danger as FEMA estimated. Look up your address with a new tool.

International
Science

Greenland - Scientists Found a Vast, Deep Sea Coral Garden off Greenland’s Coast

In the depths of the water just west of Greenland, scientists have discovered a previously unknown coral garden. They described the ecosystem in a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science on Monday.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

NC - New maps drop thousands from floodplain

Thousands of addresses in Beaufort County have been removed from the flood plain under new federal flood maps that went into effect earlier this month, but local officials are urging residents to consider their situation carefully before dropping their flood insurance.

Coastwide
Federal

USA - Federal Agencies Propose Clarifications to Flood Insurance Rules

Five federal agencies are collaborating to clarify rules related to flood insurance requirements.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

Canada - B.C. First Nations leaders want immediate end to open-net salmon farms

A First Nations leadership alliance is calling for the immediate end to salmon farming using open-net pens in B.C. waters, citing the threat of sea lice to wild fish stocks.

Northeast
Tourism

MA - Cape businesses ponder impact of Seashore changes

EASTHAM — Kimberly Archer and her four recently retired pals were gathered around a blanket on Coast Guard Beach last week. The five women had made their annual trek to the Cape for some rest and relaxation.

Northeast
Engineering

CT - Connecticut Port Authority picks engineering firm to oversee State Pier project

The board of the Connecticut Port Authority picked an engineering firm to help oversee the $157 million redevelopment of State Pier into a wind turbine staging area, during a special meeting Tuesday.

International
Property

Netherlands - Historic floods reveal how salt marshes can save lives in the future

YERSEKE (THE NETHERLANDS), 29 JUNE 2020 - Coastal wetlands like salt marshes are increasingly recognized as valuable natural defenses that protect coasts against strong wave attacks.

Northeast
Federal

NY - Federal Infrastructure Bill Could Benefit NY Harbor

NEW YORK -- A bill pending in Congress could help a project to restore a natural barrier to storm damage in New York.

Southeast
Property

FL - Windstorm premiums are soaring in Florida again

Major insurance companies are raising premiums as much as 33 percent and dropping tens of thousands of customers.

Caribbean
Tourism

Cuba - New Cuban tourism system to isolate visitors from population

HAVANA (AP) — With the coronavirus waning in Cuba, the government plans to restart its tourism industry by sending visitors to five narrow islands that will offer all-inclusive vacations and keep foreigners isolated from the rest of the nation.

Southeast
Engineering

MS - Coast group picked 14 projects for oil spill money. But Jackson just passed a new list.

Members of the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund Advisory Board spent months reviewing possible projects to finance with $85.5 million in RESTORE Act money, and their final recommendation was 14 projects they said would have the biggest economic impact across South Mississippi.

International
Energy

World - The Oil Downturn: A Catalytic Moment for Renewable Energy? [GGP]

Since the brief collapse of the OPEC+ coalition in early March, oil markets ended up facing the “triple whammy” of a Saudi-Russian price war, cratering demand from the coronavirus-induced economic freeze and swelling oversupply of nearly 10 million barrels per day on the world market amidst tightening onshore and offshore storage.

Pacific Northwest
Local

OR - OSU-Cascades professor preps students for climate change impacts

Elizabeth Marino gets students ready to deal with flooded coastlines and other impacts of a changing climate.

Northeast
Science

NJ - NOAA: Endangered Whale Struck By 2 Vessels Off Jersey Shore

The right whale calf found floating off the Jersey Shore last week had evidence of at least two separate vessel collisions, federal authorities said.

Coastwide
Recreation

USA - Pro surfers hit artificial waves in the heat of the climate crisis

As the patterns in the Pacific Ocean begin to change, athletes are turning to surf parks to catch their big breaks.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Project Promotes Resilience Strategies

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, is partnering with the state Commission of Indian Affairs, or NCCIA, to support tribal communities in the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed in considering climate resilience during community planning.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Holmes Beach considers owner-resident parking permits

HOLMES BEACH — He said it was a “work in progress.” Now, progress is proceeding. When Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer recommended the removal of about 1,100 on-street parking spaces in late April, commissioners agreed to the plan on Tokajer’s assurance it would be tweaked.

Coastwide
Tourism

USA - Which Beaches Are Open for July 4 Weekend? What to Know Before You Go

With confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. surpassing 2.5 million, several beaches are closed for the July 4 weekend in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading infection, while some are expected to be open amid the ongoing pandemic.

International
Science

World - Alien species threaten human, climate, economic health

Invasive alien species are hitching rides on rafts of plastic waste strewn across oceans, slipping into the Arctic and Antarctica as the climate warms and spreading into new territories through the online pet trade.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR- Guest commentary: It's time to learn about floating wind

Recently the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a webinar regarding Oregon Offshore Wind (OSW). The focus was to discuss approaches for public and stakeholder engagement for potential future development off of our coast.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - New law requires sea-level impact study for publicly-funded coastal projects

Democratic Sen. José Javier Rodríguez and GOP Rep. Vance Aloupis backed the bipartisan legislation.

Mid-Atlantic
Engineering

NC - Renourishment Project Moves to Phase 3

EMERALD ISLE — It’s been about two months since the last Bogue Banks beach renourishment project ended April 29, but Carteret County officials are moving to go out for bids for the third phase of what’s known as the post-Hurricane Florence project.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Tropical and Temperate Reefs Affected Differently by Fishing Pressures

In a study published recently in Ecology and Evolution, an international team of researchers focused on what can happen to ocean ecosystems when fishing pressure increases or decreases, and how this differs between tropical to temperate marine ecosystems.

Mid-Atlantic
Property

VA - Lawmaker Expects Virginia Flood Program Will Spur Statewide Mitigation Measures

State Senator Lynwood Lewis discusses preparing for floods in the commonwealth—and how new funding will help

International
Property

Czech Republic - This Tiny House Is 3D Printed, Floats, and Will Last Over 100 Years

One of the world’s first 3D printed houses went up in China in 2016. At 400 square meters in size and 2 stories tall, the house took 45 days to print—and at the time, this seemed amazingly fast.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - US Treasury Approves RESTORE Plan For Beulah Master Plan, Century Wastewater Plant, Eleven Mile Creek Restoration And Other Projects

The U.S. Treasury Department has approved Escambia County’s plan for 11 RESTORE funding projects totaling $15.8 million.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

AL - Alabama State Port Authority, Army Corps of Engineers sign formal agreement for 'historic' Port of Mobile expansion project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Alabama State Port Authority have now officially entered into a Project Partnership Agreement to deepen and widen the Mobile Harbor Ship Channel by late 2024 or early 2025.

Northeast
Advocacy

ME - Pew Charitable Trusts petition asks to close areas to lobster fishing

ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources held its first “virtual” zone council meeting last Thursday andCommissioner Patrick Keliher had an unanticipated and unsettling piece of news for the Zone C and Zone D lobstermen.