On Sept. 24, Jack Ainsworth, the California Coastal Commission’s Executive Director, issued a statement regarding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
The City of Malibu will hold two workshops to get community feedback for the creation of a Citywide Resiliency Plan on Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.
$587 million plan aimed at reducing flood risk as climate warms
The Earth’s coastal and polar areas are on thin ice, a new climate report warns, but San Diego may be in a better place than others to weather those changes if it acts swiftly, several authors said.
October 3, 2019 -- A Federal Appeals Court on Thursday rejected a potential class-action lawsuit against the City that claimed its home sharing law, which bans leasing residential property short term unless the owner is present, is unconstitutional.
The proposed extermination of hordes of house mice on the Farallon Islands would protect a fast-diminishing population of rare sea birds by halting rampant, unnatural predation by owls, said a study released Monday.
Coastal Commission staff recommends rejecting city’s preliminary plan
Santa Barbara County residents love their coastline, from the small-town beaches of Carpinteria to Santa Barbara’s waterfront to camping hotspots like Jalama Beach and dramatic Guadalupe Dunes. But drastic changes are in store in coming decades as temperatures and sea levels rise, bringing massive impacts to local ecology and human systems.
Two Norwegian oil and gas leaders, oil major Equinor and offshore engineering company Aker Solutions, have joined forces with a coalition of renewable power companies to push for offshore wind development in waters off California.
Siesta Key Oyster Bar donates its legendary wallpaper to hurricane relief
In an effort to combat the effects of our climate crisis, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) authored Assembly Bill 65 which was signed into law by Governor Newsom today. AB 65 invests in Green Infrastructure along the California coast in order to combat sea-level rise.
Building a multi-gigawatt offshore wind farm in Northern California requires linking to a market. Is a subsea cable to San Francisco the answer?
Like bookends, two major developments are transforming southern San Diego County’s city of Chula Vista, on its most eastern and western fronts: the 535-acre (216 ha) Chula Vista Bayfront development on the San Diego Bay and Otay Ranch, which will provide nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of master-planned, multiuse development, with a projected population of 114,119.
Temperatures of up to 7 degrees Fahrenheit above normal disrupted the marine ecosystem in both expected and surprising ways.
Stranded or orphaned baby sea otters have been given a new lease on life—and a mission: restoring damaged ecosystems along the California coast.
Rosa and Selka get lots of attention in their starring roles at the public daily feedings at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, especially during Sea Otter Awareness Week.
THE RAPID EROSION TAKING PLACE IN RECENT YEARS OF MALIBU’S BEACHES HAS GARNERED MUCH CONCERN FROM CITIZENS, RESEARCHERS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS. MALIBU MAGAZINE TAKES A LOOK AT THE CAUSES (IN PART CLIMATE CHANGE), THE OUTLOOK FOR BELOVED BEACHES AND WHAT CAN BE DONE.
The Bay Foundation (TBF) and California State Parks have released the Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Final Comprehensive Monitoring Report (Year 6), indicating that the restoration project has been determined to be wholly successful as assessed against project goals and success criteria.
The diving vessel caught fire and sank off the shore of Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day, killing 34 people aboard.
Researchers say the Pacific Ocean is seeing the second-largest marine heatwave tracked since the 1980s, touching from the Alaskan coast to Hawaii.
Q and A with Coastal Commission chief: Sea-level is rising now Jack Ainsworth also discusses conflicts with local government.
In the fall of 2014, marine ecologist Jennifer Fisher was stunned when jellyfish and tiny crustaceans typically found in warmer waters filled her nets off the coast of Oregon. The odd catch was just one sign of the arrival of a vast patch of warm water that came to be known as “The Blob”—a massive marine heat wave that lasted 3 years and dramatically disrupted ecosystems and fisheries along North America’s Pacific coast.
A study recently published from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography finds the seven-year-old network of underwater parks are allowing marine species to reproduce in safe places.
ByErik Anderson / KBPS
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's vast collection of deep-sea video footage is revealing new insights on some of the ocean’s most mysterious species. In a recent study, researchers compiled data from 18 years of rare video observations on deep-water skates.
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Construction services will consist of maintenance dredging of the federal navigation
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A conservation group says the number of whales entangled in crab fishing gear along the West Coast dropped by nearly half this year after a lawsuit settlement ended California's commercial Dungeness crab season early.
BySanta Maria Times
Four snowy plovers were found dead in the SVRA park in the final weeks of August, according to Senior Environmental Scientist Ronnie Glick.
ENCINITAS — Legislators are voicing their concerns over North County’s volatile bluffs, with Congressman Mike Levin and others urging the funding of a project that would bring more sand to beaches in Solana Beach and Encinitas.
The amount of plastic fragments in Santa Barbara Basin sediments has been increasing exponentially since the end of World War II, according to a study by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.
SEATTLE -- "The Blob" is back as a sequel...
ESPN The Magazine did this profile of Lakey Peterson for their Body Issue.
BySarah Lee, ESPN
Many of the original Newport Beach homes sat on the beach. But a series of storms and high tides in 1933-34 led homeowners to rethink this strategy.
There’s a small canine haven wedged between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, a swath of sand where pups frolic free, splashing around where the salty sea blends with fresh water flowing from the Santa Ana River.
Fire on-board Conception dive vessels with substantial loss of life should prompt long-overdue action by NTSB
Farallon Islands researchers are alarmed after recording one of the worst breeding seasons this year in the largest seabird breeding colony in the continental United States.
Hundreds of unsettled residents attended a discussion session hosted by the port
Rain, wind and time are taking a toll on San Leandro’s ‘Long Beach’
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered, lawyers for the state of California and a conservation group argued in court Wednesday.
Scientists from the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have deployed a a hydrophone, or underwater microphone, to listen for whale traffic in the Santa Barbara Channel. They hope to use the microphone to help prevent collisions between whales and boats - which are often deadly to whales.
Who will benefit from plans to armor the coast, adapt West Cliff and more?
Rain, wind and time are taking a toll on San Leandro’s ‘Long Beach’
Rep. Mike Levin called on the federal government to approve funding for the the long-anticipated Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project to prevent deadly bluff collapses.
A proposal to construct railroad tracks in a bluff trench in Del Mar, Calif., is raising some eyebrows with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Facial expressions, however, are not always a green light.
The federal government continues to use explosives despite their ineffectiveness.
AB 552 proposes to provide guidance and funding for implementation of climate change and sea level rise action items.
A legendary writer, a quirky biologist and their jolly adventure in the Sea of Cortez
In California, the native Olympia oyster — nearly wiped out by over-harvesting at the beginning of the 1900s — and the widely farmed Pacific oyster both call coastal estuaries their home.
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami.
The most detailed study ever done of coastal estuaries concludes that nearly 750,000 acres of historic tidal wetlands along the West Coast, including enormous swaths of Bay Area habitat, have disappeared largely as a result of development.
REEDSPORT, Ore. - Razor clam harvesting is now closed from the south jetty of the Umpqua River south to the California border after tests found elevated levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.
Sea lettuce lives to be thrashed by salt water. Paper thin, opaque, and a little rubbery, it spends life on the rocks that live in the intertidal zone, constantly battered by the foam that crashes onto the shore—unless, of course, the tide’s out. A soft earthy green enveloped in the curlicues of itself, the algae also known as seaweed cuddles up next to likeminded cousins such as rockweed, a thicker, darker brown algae that kind of looks like a fanned out, soft coral.
Some researchers think the whales are starving, but the cause of death may be far more complicated.
LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin and Playa del Rey residents are demanding action after a developer bulldozed an environmentally sensitive area.
ByCBS Los Angeles
The California Coastal Commission went against the recommendation of its staff Thursday and gave the Trinidad Rancheria the go-ahead — or a “conditional concurrence” — to build a five-story hotel on its property off Scenic Drive south of the city.
Jumbo squid live up to their name. They can grow up to six feet long and can weigh 100 pounds. They’re deep red, muscular, and just plain mean. Mexican fisherman call them diablo rojo — red devil — because they eat each other and anything they can. When the squid invaded Monterey Bay in 2002, they devoured over 50 kinds of fish.
Somewhat drab and unassuming, the humble rockweed's olive-green or yellowish-brown appearance belies its importance in the rocky intertidal zone.
Scientists can now predict where and when blue whales are most likely to be foraging for food in the California Current Ecosystem, providing new insight that could aid in the management of the endangered population in light of climate change and blue whale mortality due to strip strikes, a new study shows.
A Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher who studies coastal erosion says it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint the cause of cliff collapses like the one that killed three people in Encinitas on Friday.
Work finally underway will combine with earlier structure for a 384-acre artificial reef
It took 511 surfers to claim the world record. Surfers were supposed to hold onto a massive circle of pool noodles, but it eventually broke and they joined hands instead. Several city officials, including then-Mayor Barbara Delgleize, were in attendance.
When Shirley Godwin and her husband Larry moved to south Oxnard in the 1960s, Ormond Beach beckoned.
Some of Southern California's most iconic and popular beaches have lost most of their biodiversity, according to marine scientists
An Orange County Superior Court judge recently upheld a cease and desist order from the California Coastal Commission that required a Laguna Beach couple to remove a seawall they built to protect their oceanfront home on Victoria Beach.
A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people.