West Coast
West Coast
Tourism

CA - Long Beach officially shuts down Boardwalk after rise in foot traffic there and increasing numbers of coronavirus cases

Long Beach officials took the extraordinary step Thursday of closing the 2.2-mile Boardwalk because of a rising number of coronavirus cases on the barrier beach and continuing foot traffic.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - LA County Beaches, Bike Paths, Promenades and Piers Closed

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – Los Angeles may be famous for its beautiful beaches, but Los Angeles County is restricting access to all beaches, bike paths, promenades and piers in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - TWO MORE SURFERS OF “EXTRAORDINARY SELF-CONFIDENCE” RUN GAUNTLET AT J-BAY; CAPTURED, THREATENED WITH SIX MONTHS JAIL

“ROUND THEM UP AND BRING THEM TO THE LOCALS. LOTS OF SPARE ENERGY TO SORT THEM OUT!” Locals red with indignation etc.

Northeast
Advocacy

ME - Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world’s largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - California State Beaches Close Due to Coronavirus

Closures issued at major surf spots to curb COVID-19 – from San Diego to Central California

West Coast
Tourism

CA - ‘No time for tourism’: Newport weighs how to keep visitors away during coronavirus restrictions

Some members of the Newport Beach City Council want to harden the city’s coronavirus-related closures, including sealing off the boardwalks and nonresident access to Balboa Island — at least for the coming weekend.

West Coast
Local

CA - San Mateo County coast beach parking lots to close

Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s closure of parking lots at state beaches and parks to reduce exposure to the coronavirus, the cities of Half Moon Beach and Pacifica will be closing all of its beach parking lots.

West Coast
Local

CA - Things are looking especially bleak for coastal towns that rely heavily on tourism revenue for funding

The coronavirus-related shelter at home is taking its toll on everyone in San Luis Obispo County, but things are looking especially bleak for coastal towns that rely heavily on tourism revenue for funding—revenue that is currently non-existent.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Pro Surfer Tia Blanco Is Staying Busy At Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Tia Blanco isn’t used to being out of the ocean. The 22-year-old professional surfer can only recall one time she hasn’t surfed this long since she was 10—she was in New York City for a week for her sister’s graduation from New York University in 2016.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Fish farmers advance aquaculture design

The Nordic Aquafarms company has advanced its plans to build a major aquaculture facility on Humboldt Bay to tentatively raise Atlantic salmon, which concerns the fishing industry locally and coastwide.

West Coast
Local

CA - Santa Cruz County Officials Discourage Beach Gatherings During Pandemic

Officials in Santa Cruz County on Monday issued a statement urging travelers to avoid crowding the county’s beaches during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coastwide
Fisheries

CA - Fishing industry dealing with coronavirus pandemic | Fish Rap

Just as it has almost every aspect of global society, the COVID-19 virus is having a massive effect on the sport fishing industry. We will see bait shops closing, harbors reducing services and severe limitations on charter boat operations during the next few weeks, at least.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Some of the many reasons why federal marine sanctuary management is a bad idea | Commentary

There are strong reasons why citizens should oppose a new federal bureaucracy operating in our offshore waters. A recent editorial by Andrew Christie (“Keep the proposed marine sanctuary protections moving through the Legislature,” March 4) takes a very low road in attempting to dismiss the fact-based concerns of citizens and agencies over a sanctuary designation for our region.

West Coast
Science

CA - Microplastics found in a quarter of San Diego estuary fish

In a sampling of fish from a creek that flows into San Diego Bay, nearly a quarter contain microplastics, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study, which examined plastics in coastal sediments and three species of fish, showed that the frequency and types of plastic ingested varied with fish species and, in some cases, size or age of fish.

West Coast
Science

Sea Otters, Opossums and the Surprising Ways Pathogens Move From Land to Sea

A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A study from the University of California, Davis, elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways infectious pathogens can move from land to sea to sea otter.

Coastwide
Federal

NOAA - New Progress on Mapping U.S. Ocean, Coastal, Great Lakes Waters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first annual report on the progress made in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, the agency said in a release.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Morro Bay oyster farmer opening a retail shop on the Embarcadero

Morro Bay has long been home to a thriving oyster-farming business — where visitors can get them fresh farmed out of the bay in restaurants and fish markets.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Scientists say decades are needed to rebuild California’s abalone collapsed fishery

It could take until at least 2032 before California reopens even the slightest season for abalone diving and hunting along the North Coast, where depleted stocks have shut the popular sport fishery since 2018.

West Coast
Energy

CA - California seeks comment on offshore wind plans

Image source: The Californian Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking input on potential offshore wind development off the Central Coast of California

West Coast
Local

CA - Coastal Commission approves Santa Cruz beach overnight curfew

Overnight curfews set on Santa Cruz’s popular Main and Cowell beaches have been given formal approval for the coming five years by a state coastal oversight agency.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Live coronavirus updates: Grand Princess cruise ship to leave Port of Oakland tonight, Newsom says

The Grand Princess cruise ship is getting prepared to leave the Port of Oakland, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday in a press conference.

West Coast
Energy

CA - Could San Onofre Nuke Demolition Cause Catastrophe?

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those working to create a nuclear free world.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Ocean protection plan charts course for defending California coast The Columbian

SAN DIEGO — A new ocean protection plan sets out steps to safeguard California’s coast against rising seas, while shoring up public access and building coastal economies.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Can oysters be the answer to eroding California shorelines?

Oysters could one day be the answer to the complex question of how to protect California’s disappearing coastline.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Scientists seed local seas with imperiled fish. Can giant sea bass make a comeback?

Ateam of scuba-diving biologists on Wednesday released nearly 200 baby giant sea bass into the murky depths of Santa Monica Bay where the tiny, critically endangered fish could grow to be a quarter ton or more in size.

West Coast
Energy

CA - The Ecological Costs of Removing California’s Offshore Oil Rigs

Offshore oil- and gas-drilling platforms are rich habitats for fish, and removing them completely would result in a loss of over 95% of fish biomass, new research has revealed.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Ocean protection plan charts course for defending California coast

A new ocean protection plan sets out steps to safeguard California's coast against rising seas, while shoring up public access and building coastal economies.

West Coast
Science

How will billions of marine microbes adapt to climate change? A new study investigates

USC scientists and their colleagues have developed a model that estimates two different ways microbes will respond to warming oceans.

West Coast
Energy

CA - The Ongoing Debate Behind Oil Rigs on the Californian Coast

The existence of oil rigs off the coast of California has been a continuous issue in Santa Barbara over decades. Ever since a rig ruptured and spilled more than 80,000 barrels of oil off Santa Barbara in 1969, the disposition of offshore oil and gas drilling has spurred countless quarrels between oil companies and environmentalists.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Lawsuit threatened to protect whales in LA, LB port shipping lanes

An environmental group today announced that it may sue the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard to protect endangered whales and sea turtles from being struck by ships accessing the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Putting a price on the protective power of wetlands

In coastal communities prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, people typically turn to engineered solutions for protection: levees, sea walls and the like. But a natural buffer in the form of wetlands may be the more cost-effective solution, according to new research from the University of California San Diego.

Coastwide
Science

Researchers Discover the Largest Virus in the Oceans Yet

The ChoanoVirus genome codes for rhodopsin, perhaps giving its choanoflagellate host extra energy-harvesting capabilities.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - In Bay Area park, sea and sky are antidote to winter blues

I savor every second I’m home in the Bay Area. I disconnect from my hectic life in Washington and trade it for uninterrupted time with family and friends, enormous $1 avocados at the farmers market, and as many hikes and beach trips as possible. I was due for a visit to Lands End, the rugged oceanside park within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the 82,027-acre expanse that includes many of the Bay Area’s most jaw-dropping landmarks and vistas. Exercise, trees and ocean views sounded like the perfect antidote to the East Coast winter. I was in dire need of some “vitamin sea.”

West Coast
Property

CA - Santa Cruz County’s Plan For Sea Level Rise Meets Resistance

The rate of sea level rise is accelerating. Communities along the California coast are preparing for that eventuality. In Santa Cruz County, some are pushing back against the plans.

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