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New maps show how little is left of West Coast estuaries

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.

West Coast
Fisheries

Domoic acid closes Oregon Coast to razor clamming from Umpqua River to California

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.

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Local

Harvesting the sea: Seaweed is coming to a dinner table near you

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.

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Science

Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths

Some researchers think the whales are starving, but the cause of death may be far more complicated.

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Advocacy

‘Outrage’ As Developer Bulldozes Environmentally Sensitive Playa Del Rey Area, CA

LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin and Playa del Rey residents are demanding action after a developer bulldozed an environmentally sensitive area.

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Property

California Coastal Commission: If Trinidad Rancheria Can Find Water, it Can Build its Hotel

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.

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Science

Jumbo Squid Are Missing From Monterey Bay. Will They Ever Return?

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.

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Science

Scientists to restore rocky intertidal seaweed to boost coastal biodiversity

Somewhat drab and unassuming, the humble rockweed's olive-green or yellowish-brown appearance belies its importance in the rocky intertidal zone.

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Science

Modeling predicts blue whales’ coastal foraging behavior, aiding population management efforts

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.

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Property

Environment Report: Cliff Dangers Are Clear But the Causes Aren't

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.

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Recreation

Documentary at Newport film festival will show how Huntington Beach set Guinness world record for largest paddle-out

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.

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Local

Plans to restore Ormond Beach include realigning lagoon, installing trail system

When Shirley Godwin and her husband Larry moved to south Oxnard in the 1960s, Ormond Beach beckoned.

West Coast
Engineering

The urbanization of the beach: Two-Thirds of Southern California Beaches Largely Devoid of Biodiversity

Some of Southern California's most iconic and popular beaches have lost most of their biodiversity, according to marine scientists

West Coast
Recreation

Grunion to create their own brand of July 4th fireworks on local beaches

Fish out of water, the grunion run — or, more accurately, wriggle — onto the coastline in the warmest months, only when the moon is full or new and the tide is high. They are there to spawn, creating a spectacle unique to Southern California and Baja California.

West Coast
Waterways

Los Angeles Council vetoes APM Terminals' automation permit

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to veto a permit that was approved a week earlier by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission. The permit would have allowed APM Terminals to begin automating parts of its operation.

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Advocacy

Critics decry rodent poison plan for Farallon Islands

Federal officials want to dump nearly 1.5 tons of poison in the South Farallon Islands to eliminate a centuries-old rodent invasion.

West Coast
Science

Marine scientists discover an important, overlooked role sea urchins play in the kelp forest ecosystem

Sea urchins have gotten a bad rap on the Pacific coast. The spiky sea creatures can mow down entire swaths of kelp forest, leaving behind rocky urchin barrens. An article in the New York Times went so far as to call them "cockroaches of the ocean." But new research suggests that urchins play a more complex role in their ecosystems than previously believed.

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Science

California’s State and Local Interest Spar Over Sea Level Rise

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (CN) – Elected officials from cities and counties up and down coastal California agreed with state officials that sea level rise as a result of climate change is “happening now.”

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Recreation

Commission Keeps Oceano Dunes Open to Off-Roaders For Now

Oceano Dunes on California’s central coast will remain open to off-road vehicles for at least another year.

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Tourism

Del Mar awaits state, federal coastal actions

California - Looming decisions by state and federal agencies involving Del Mar prompted lengthy discussions but no actions by the City Council on Monday night, July 15.

West Coast
Fisheries

Mystery solved - Study finds warming waters drove collapse of Mexico's jumbo squid fishery

New research identifies a perfect storm of warming waters and reduced food to blame in the collapse of the once lucrative jumbo squid fishery off Baja California.

West Coast
Science

Scientists are worried that a thousand gray whales have died so far this year

Pacific gray whales are showing up dead in North America’s oceans and shores at a rate four-times greater than typical. As of July 11, 182 gray whales have been found dead or beached this year in Mexico, the US, and Canada according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Local

The LA Times made a simple game to help readers understand a complicated issue

How do you tell a story that people know, or maybe just think they know?

West Coast
Recreation

US Open of Surfing 2019: Huntington Beach prepares to welcome world’s top wave riders

It’s been 55 years since Paul Van Doren came up with an idea to step into the world of surfing with a shoe brand he wanted to create with his brother James.

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Property

Pop Culture Desk: Carmel compound from ‘Big Little Lies’ asks $52.3M

Carmel can be a sweet destination for any homebuyer, but for those interested in the truly decadent, realtor Tim Allen from Coldwell Banker recently listed a sweeping five-home coastal property with a lengthy Hollywood resume for the blockbuster sum of more than $52.3 million.

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Recreation

Coastal Commission to hear expansion of Dockweiler camp site

Cheaper camping options could be coming to the popular Dockweiler State Beach if Coastal Commission approves an application from Los Angeles County to add 19 spaces for tent-campers.

West Coast
Engineering

A Climate-Resilient Los Angeles Must First Address Its Polluted Past

Can a big city be truly sustainable in the age of climate change? Los Angeles is trying to find out.

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Science

Future Tech: Conservation biologists find new applications for AI tools

Automated cameras and other sensors deployed in the wild are transforming the way biologists monitor natural ecosystems and animal populations. These technologies can collect huge amounts of data, however, and conservation biologists are increasingly turning to the tools of artificial intelligence (AI) to sort through it all.

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Energy

Is California next in line for offshore wind?

In 2018, policymakers set a goal of 100% clean energy in California by 2045. One way to meet or beat that timeline? Offshore wind. An American Jobs Project report finds that offshore wind industry could support over 17,500 jobs in 2045, however, developers will first have to abide by state and federal regulations for permitting and construction.

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Property

Judge Upholds Order to Remove Seawall on Laguna Beach, California

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.

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Recreation

Collapsing California cliff claims 3 lives along beach

A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people.

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