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Fisheries

ME - Maine's lobster industry is in a fight for its survival

Friday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold reinstatement of a 967-square-mile lobster fishing closure is another devastating blow to Maine lobstermen.

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Fisheries

ME - Lobstering union petitions U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Gulf of Maine closure

Lobster fishermen were forced to remove their gear from a large section of the Gulf of Maine this week, but while their traps may no longer be in the water, the industry is not giving up its fight.

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Justice

NY - How a Native American tribe on Long Island is losing its land to rising seas

The Shinnecock Indian Nation is fighting to save what’s left of its land as climate change prompts sea levels to rise and eat away the shoreline in Long Island, New York. European settlers, and later the U.S. government, for centuries have forcefully relocated Indigenous tribes onto marginal lands more vulnerable to climate hazards. “This is the only place we have to remain. This is our homeland,” said Shavonne Smith, director of the tribe’s environmental department.

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Tourism

NY - Statue of Liberty ferry operator seeks new home as old structure crumbles

The operator of ferry service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is eyeing a move to an historic Battery Park pier from its existing home that’s falling apart.

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Engineering

MA - Coastal resilience pricetag tops $900 million

The pricetag for combatting sea-level rise on Nantucket over the next 15 years? $900 million, members of the Coastal Resilience Advisory Committee told the Select Board Wednesday night during a presentation of the town’s recently-completed coastal resiliency plan.

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Science

MA - 19th century New England whaling logs offer clues to 21st century climate change

Tucked away in the New Bedford Whaling Museum is a room full of records. It holds manuscripts, manifests, banking records and crew accounts from New England’s storied whaling industry.

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Property

ME - Booming real estate sales imperil shorefront access

ELLSWORTH — A grizzled lobsterman hauls traps onto the wharf as the sun sets slow and pink over the harbor. Fishing boats head home to unload catch as captains and sternmen young and old call back and forth in a Downeast Maine accent. Fresh-caught local seafood is featured at restaurants and markets.

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Engineering

NJ - ‘Biggest of its kind’: Living shoreline project to save Barnegat Bay beachfront

For the past eight years, the Highlands-based American Littoral Society and partner Stockton University, along with concerned community members, have been quietly bringing to life a living shoreline project on Barnegat Bay. When completed, according to the society’s Executive Director Tim Dillingham, it will be “the biggest of its kind going on in New Jersey, so far.”

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Energy

RI - Biden Administration Approves Nation's Second Commercial-Scale Offshore Wind Farm

The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved the construction and operations of the South Fork Wind project offshore Rhode Island, marking the second approval of a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project in the United States.

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Property

ME - Maine's working waterfronts facing a tidal wave of threats, Island Institute report finds

BUSINESS Posted 4:00 AM Updated at 11:17 AMINCREASE FONT SIZEResize Font Maine’s working waterfronts facing a tidal wave of threats, Island Institute report finds The new report cites a lack of infrastructure, support, access, affordable housing and legal protections, as well as increasing risks from climate change.

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Property

ME - Maine's working waterfronts facing a tidal wave of threats, Island Institute report finds

The new report cites a lack of infrastructure, support, access, affordable housing and legal protections, as well as increasing risks from climate change.

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Waterways

ME - Freeport takes part in $500k initiative to tackle climate change induced flooding in Maine

Freeport – along with nine other coastal towns and cities in Maine – will use the funds to locally develop strategies aimed at preventing floods caused by rising sea levels.

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Tourism

MA - Public beach access for people with disabilities focus of hearings to improve equity, inclusion

Arguing that all people should have access to public beaches regardless of physical ability, advocates and public officials on Tuesday called for improvements and upgrades so people with disabilities can easily enjoy seaside offerings in Massachusetts.

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Fisheries

ME - A guide to understanding the fight over whales and lobster gear in the Gulf of Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — Right now, lobstermen are hauling their gear out of a 967-square mile stretch of ocean, roughly 30 miles offshore, in the Gulf of Maine.

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Property

NY - Building Resilience for Low-Income New Yorkers Post-Disaster

A New York City project seeks to improve the post-flood financial resiliency of low-income households with parametric insurance programs so disaster victims are paid quickly and can spend money where it’s needed most.

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Justice

NYC - Building Resilience for Low-Income New Yorkers Post-Disaster

A project to improve the ability of low- and moderate-income households to recover after a flood through innovative insurance pilots and capacity building within the city, and civic partners to harness risk-transfer markets for social goals.

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Advocacy

NY - As rare species of whale migrates south, ships asked to slow down or avoid area around New York

With migration season beginning for a critically endangered species of whale, the federal government is establishing a voluntary protected zone southeast of New York City to protect the animals from sea vessels as they head for warmer waters.

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Science

CT - As rare species of whale migrates south, ships asked to slow down or avoid area around New York

With migration season beginning for a critically endangered species of whale, the federal government is establishing a voluntary protected zone southeast of New York City to protect the animals from sea vessels as they head for warmer waters.

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Local

MA - Trustees conservation expert to speak at next Long Beach Options Committee meeting

Cynthia Dittbrenner, director of coast and natural resources at The Trustees of Reservations, will discuss sea level rise and its potential impact on Long Beach when the Long Beach Options Committee meets Wednesday afternoon.

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Engineering

NY - Suffolk Closeup: A stupid 'solution' to beach erosion

With the Fire Island to Montauk Point Project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be restarted in 2023 — what Kevin McAllister, president of Defend H20, describes as dumping sand along the 83 miles of the Suffolk County oceanfront — it would be instructive to consider the situation in another region.

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Property

NJ - Change in requirements prompts delay in Atlantic City master plan release

Atlantic City is in the process of updating its master plan. A change in state law enacted as a draft document was nearing completion has delayed presenting a draft of the plan to the public. That is now expected in early 2022.

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Advocacy

CAN - Nova Scotians defeat billionaire developers who tried to swoop in on park

A coalition of activists, scientists and land defenders are celebrating in Nova Scotia this week, following the cancellation of a proposal that could have seen a piece of biodiverse coastal parkland ground to sand.

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Energy

MA - Pilgrim nuclear plant may release 1M gallons of radioactive water into bay. What we know

It is a fairly common practice in the nuclear industry, known as "overboarding," to release water, including radioactive water, into the ocean from nuclear power plants.

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Property

ME - Ten coastal communities band together to defend against flooding from climate change

Ten Maine communities on Casco Bay are banding together to develop defenses against coastal flooding caused by climate change.

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Science

CAN - Marine species in St.Lawrence Estuary endangered by rapid drop in levels of oxygen

Concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the deep waters of the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary (LSLE) have dropped by over 50% over the past two years. The consequences for many marine species, who depend on oxygen to survive, are potentially very serious.

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