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International
Fisheries

New Rules for Governing High Seas Must Be Fair to Everyone

As the third session of BBNJ negotiations starts in New York, Essam Yassin Mohammed makes the case for a global ocean treaty that is fair and equitable for everyone. This week, UN member states begin the third round of talks on an international law for governing life in the high seas. Surprisingly, there is no global mechanism that governs this area of water, which lies more than 200 nautical miles from all coasts—commonly known as the high seas or international waters.

International
Waterways

A REVOLUTION AT SEA: OLD IS NEW AGAIN

During World War II, Secretary of War Henry Stimson dammed the U.S. Navy’s approach to wartime strategy and famously wondered about “the peculiar psychology of the Navy Department, which frequently seemed to retire from the realm of logic into a dim religious world in which Neptune was god, Mahan his prophet, and the U.S. Navy the only true church.”

International
Engineering

Australia: Building a beach for summer: the battle against coastal erosion

They are making sandcastles with excavators at Ramsgate Beach. Summer is coming, but Botany Bay has swallowed the beach whole and waves are lapping at the sea wall.

International
Energy

Game-changing tidal energy project approved for Channel regions

The Interreg France (Channel) England Programme has approved the biggest ever Interreg project that will prove to be game-changing for the European tidal stream energy sector.

International
Engineering

Vietnam beach town suspends sea-encroaching tourism project

Authorities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have suspended the construction of a sea-encroaching aquarium complex on Vung Tau beach.

International
Energy

AIDA Cruises lays keel for second LNG-powered cruise ship

Germany-based AIDA Cruises, a Carnival Corporation brand, has held a keel-laying ceremony for an LNG-powered cruise ship at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock.

International
Local

Tulum legal team working on opening more beach access points

Negotiations are moving forward for the opening of additional beach access points for the municipality of Tulum.

International
Fisheries

New tool enables Nova Scotia lobster fishery to address impacts of climate change

Researchers use long-term survey data sets and climate models to help fishing communities plan for a warmer ocean. Researchers have developed a tool that incorporates projected changes in ocean climate onto a geographic fishery management area. Now fishermen, resource managers, and policy-makers can use it to plan for the future sustainability of the lobster fishery in Nova Scotia and Canadian waters of the Gulf of Maine.

Coastwide
Science

Tracing the journey of microplastics in the Arctic

By now it's well established that microplastics are a problem in the environment, even in the remotest parts of the planet. But where do different microplastics come from and how they get there, especially in the Arctic?

International
Science

Two new porcelain crab species discovered

Two new porcelain crab species have been described in the ZooKeys journal by scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and the Institut fur Tierokologie und Spezielle Zoologie der Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen

International
Recreation

Australia: Hungry Orca Pod Protects Surfers from Great White Sharks

Spring has sprung Downunder, which means, at least on the once bucolic but now rapidly gentrifying North Coast, the very worst time of year for surf. Also, statistically the highest chance of getting bit by a White shark.

International
Advocacy

Greenpeace activists board Shell’s North Sea platforms

Greenpeace activists from the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark boarded two oil platforms in Shell’s Brent field on Monday in what they say is a protest against plans by the company to leave parts of old oil structures with 11,000 tonnes of oil in the North Sea.

International
Fisheries

The devil and the deep blue sea – Japanese whaling brings surprising conservation benefits

Japan has faced a great deal of criticism for its decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and once again engage in commercial whale hunts. But what does the country’s attempt to revive a dying industry really mean for conservation efforts?

International
Fisheries

South Africa: Local fishers and activists want Langebaan fish farms stopped —but government mussels in

Langebaan, up the West Coast, is a well-known spot for tourists and kite surfers, but it is primarily a fishing village with small-scale fishers making a living off snoek and mullet. Now, under Operation Phakisa, it’s on the verge of becoming a hub for fish farms.

International
Engineering

Man-made Islands Are More Common Than You Think

The British Isles are made up of more than 6,000 islands, but that wasn't enough for some of their Neolithic residents. In northern Scotland, ancient peoples used to pile hundreds of boulders on lake bottoms, riverbeds and estuary floors. Using this technique, they painstakingly built scores of tiny islands, some of which are around 5,500 years old.

International
Property

India: 'Maradu flats demolition to be carried out by two companies'

Kochi (Kerala) [India], Oct 13 (ANI): The Maradu flat demolition will be carried out by two shortlisted companies, said Sub-Collector Snehil Kumar Singh.

International
Advocacy

Australia: Stockton beach represents the failure of governments to deal with impact of coastal development (Opinion)

The Stockton beach I remember was a beautiful beach despite the debris of a busy trading port. The "world class" Coastal Management Act, now fully operational, is flawed and hopeless when it comes to dealing with the erosion and destruction of Stockton beach.

International
Fisheries

Meanwhile in Canada: No dead salmon numbers confirmed; photos not 'very pretty' but not the whole picture according to Gerry Byrne

The images of pink liquid flowing from boats are startling, but don't paint the whole picture of the effort to clean up a massive salmon die-off at a farming operation on Newfoundland's south coast, says the province's fisheries minister.

International
Fisheries

Russian Federal Fisheries Agency says domestic shipyards will build 43 fishing ships by 2026

Renovation of the fishing fleet has been discussed at the meeting of the Council of Federation Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management held on 7 October 2019. According to Rosrybolovstvo (Russian Federal Fisheries Agency), the discussion was lead by Aleksey Mayorov, Chairman of the Committee.

International
Advocacy

Saving Aru: The epic battle to save the islands that inspired the theory of evolution

Late one rainy night in August 2013, a college student named Collin Leppuy arrived at the doorstep of Father Jacky Manuputty, a church minister in the coastal city of Ambon, Indonesia. He had come to ask for help; his homeland was under threat.

International
Engineering

United Kingdom: The plan to save Norfolk coast will only put off the inevitable

This summer, the UK’s Norfolk coast underwent a transformation that has only been seen once in the world before.

International
Engineering

Besix boosts Polish autonomy by digging new channel through the Vistula Spit

Belgian contractor Besix has been picked to make a small but important change to the coastal geography of Poland by punching a hole through the Vistula Spit in Gdańsk Bay so ships will no longer have to sail through Russian waters to reach the Polish port of Elbląg.

International
Recreation

New Zealand: Vehicles to be banned from Northland's most expensive beach

Vehicles will be banned from Northland's most expensive beach to protect pedestrians and sand dunes from joyriders taking tractors and SUVs out for a spin.

International
Tourism

Municipalities call for regulation of Airbnbs in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said the city is missing out on an estimated $300,000 annually because it can’t collect a four per cent tourism marketing levy from Airbnbs.

International
Engineering

Multi-million pound sandscaping project saved homes from 'very real flood risk' - says council

A £19m sandscaping project successfully protected homes and businesses on the north Norfolk coast from a "very real flood risk" during the recent tidal surge, it has been claimed.

International
Science

Climate Change: That sinking feeling

> A new UN report on the effects of climate change on the ocean and the cryosphere makes some dire predictions > Lounge takes a look at how India will be affected by the warming seas and melting Himalayan glaciers

International
Engineering

Wanted: Designs for Indonesia’s new smart, green capital city

Public Works and Housing Ministry has officially opened a design contest for the country’s new capital city in the eastern part of Borneo, offering a total prize worth Rp 5 billion (US$353,490) for five winners who can outline the best concept for a “smart, forest city”.

International
Recreation

In pictures: Surfing above the Arctic Circle in Norway

The 2019 Lofoten Masters surfing competition was held last week at the Bay of Unstad in the northwestern reaches of Norway.

International
Local

New Zealand: Regional Council creating buffer zone for coastal erosion in QE11 Park

The Regional Council has voted to act on climate change-driven coastal erosion in Kapiti’s Queen Elizabeth Park through the establishment of a 40-metre erosion buffer zone along the park’s southern coast.

International
Engineering

One of Australia's Most Beautiful Beaches Has Been Washed Away

Coastal erosion has seen Stockton Beach gradually lose its coveted patch of sand over the last decade — but a recent storm has closed the beach almost entirely.

International
Energy

World’s largest wind turbines to be built off Yorkshire coast

The largest ever wind turbines will be used at the Dogger Bank offshore windfarm in the North Sea over the next few years, the Guardian reports.

International
Advocacy

England: Divers Can Help Revive Kelp & Seagrass

Scuba divers are being asked to join others in backing the exclusion of trawlers from a devastated area of Sussex coast – so that its once-thriving kelp-forest can be restored.

International
Fisheries

Trudeau farm ban plan ‘nonsense’ say farmers

Salmon farmers in Canada have one word for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to ban open net pen production in British Columbia: nonsense.

International
Energy

GE Haliade-Xs picked for world's biggest offshore wind farm

First deliveries for giant 3.6GW Dogger Bank complex being built by Equinor/SSE off UK slated for 2022

International
Tourism

Malaysian Borneo, natural wonder: will Chinese tourist boom destroy it, and kill the holiday trade in Sabah too?

Nearly 600,000 Chinese tourists visited Sabah in eastern Malaysia – one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots – last year, sparking fears of overtourism. An influx of illegal Chinese tour operators has also become a major problem for many local travel agents and guides

International
Science

Multifactor models reveal worse picture of climate change impact on marine life

Rising ocean temperatures have long been linked to negative impacts for marine life, but a team has recently found that the long-term outlook for many marine species is much more complex -- and possibly bleaker -- than scientists previously believed.

International
Recreation

Australia: Kelly Slater’s $100m Surf Ranch Proposed for Sunshine Coast

A proposal has been announced for a $100 million surf ranch on the Sunshine Coast with 11-time world champion Kelly Slater’s name attached and a Brisbane-based heavyweight to develop the project.

International
Waterways

NYK successfully trials wholly autonomous ocean-going car carrier

Japanese shipping giant NYK has taken a big step into the future as it has revealed the successful trial of a “Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship”, which it claims as a world-first.

International
Tourism

Thailand’s Maya Bay recovering well but no date set for re-opening

Renowned marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat says Koh Phi Phi’s Maya Bay is showing good signs of recovery, having been closed to visitors for over a year now.

International
Science

As South African Great White Sharks Disappear, Cape Town Searches for Reasons

Capetonians don’t know who to blame for the disappearance of their great white sharks: The orcas that eat them, the fishermen who sell their prey to Australia for use in fish-and-chips shops or gradual ecological change.

International
Energy

Construction starts on Asia’s largest LNG bunkering vessel

Asia’s largest LNG bunkering vessel has reached its first milestone with the strike steel ceremony held at the Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard

Caribbean
Advocacy

Jamacian Mangroves affect coastal clean-up at Folly, but other areas get attention

Portlanders last Saturday turned out in impressive numbers and participated in International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, even as one group's effort to rid the beach at Folly of plastics was hampered by mangroves.

International
Fisheries

Canada’s Liberal Party pledges to replace British Columbia net-pens with RAS if re-elected

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has released his Liberal Party's full campaign platform, seeming to declare that it would move all aquaculture in the province of British Columbia to closed containment by 2025.

International
Advocacy

Irish High Court grants razor clams dredging injunction

The High Court has granted an injunction on dredging for razor clams in the Waterford estuary pending a full hearing over the matter early next year.

International
Engineering

UK: Flood gates close as coastal towns prepare for high tides

North Norfolk District Council closed the gates at Mundesley, Bacton and Walcott on Monday morning after a weekend of torrential rain.

International
Advocacy

Major new campaign to protect Jersey Island's (the one in the English Channel) coastline

An ambitious online campaign to get more than 40,000 Islanders – almost half of the population – to join forces to protect Jersey’s coastline for future generations to enjoy is being launched at the weekend.

International
Waterways

Canada’s Indo-Pacific pivot

Canada has long looked across the Atlantic but the pull of the Pacific flank is growing stronger.

International
Science

Lower Mainland sea lion research station faces uncertain future

The one-of-a-kind Port Moody research facility is in jeopardy, just as researchers say we need it most

Coastwide
Fisheries

Fish Micronutrients 'slipping through the hands' of malnourished people

Millions of people are suffering from malnutrition despite some of the most nutritious fish species in the world being caught near their homes, according to new research published in Nature

International
Energy

Bourbon Offshore vessel sinks in Atlantic Ocean. Three crew members saved, 11 missing

The Bourbon Rhode offshore tug supply vessel that found itself near the eye of the hurricane Lorenzo on Thursday has sunk in the Atlantic, Bourbon Offshore, the owner of the vessel has confirmed. Three crew members have been rescued, while the search for the remaining eleven crew members is underway.

International
Local

Ireland: Work imminent on new beach access path

News that work is to commence on a new beach access path at Rosslare Harbour was warmly greeted at the September meeting of Rosslare Municipal District Council.

International
Energy

UK: Bird fears delay world's largest offshore wind plan go-ahead

Late submissions prompt six-month deferral of decision on Orsted's 2.4GW Hornsea 3

International
Fisheries

China: Aboriginal sea zones outlined

By the end of the year, 464,600 hectares of coast and sea are to be declared traditional sea zones for Aborigines, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Sufin Siluko said on Tuesday.

International
Fisheries

Climate change and ocean acidification imperil fisheries, sweeping IPCC report says

Human-driven climate change has made the oceans hotter and more acidic, depleting them of oxygen and kneecapping their ability to produce life – a trend that will only continue if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.

International
Tourism

Seaweed is gobbling up Mexican beaches

Floating mats of Sargassum seaweed in the center of the North Atlantic were first reported by Christopher Columbus in the 15th century. These mats, although abundant, have until recently been limited and discontinuous. However, Wang et al. report that, since 2011, the mats have increased in density and aerial extent to generate a 8850-kilometer-long belt that extends from West Africa to the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico (see the Perspective by Gower and King). This represents the world's largest macroalgal bloom. Such recurrent blooms may become the new normal.

International
Fisheries

Farmed oysters able to protect themselves from acidification

Oysters bred for fast growth and disease resistance are able to adapt their shell growth to protect themselves from environmental acidification, according to new research.

International
Property

India: Want to invest in a beach front house? Here's a check-list to keep in mind

Here's a look at the CRZ norms and a check-list for homebuyers wanting to purchase a beachfront house or an apartment should keep in mind before investing their money

International
Science

New U.N. climate report: Massive change already here for world’s oceans and frozen regions

Growing coastal flooding is inevitable, and damage to corals and other marine life has already been unleashed. But scientists say the world still has time to avert even more severe consequences.

International
Engineering

Sea walls protecting New Zealand cities are losing their battle with the ocean, UN report warns

The sea swell combined with a king tide has eaten the sea wall, protecting the Plimmerton fire station, for the third time in 5 years.

International
Property

Japan: Jebi losses stabilising, set to drive price firming in April: JMP Securities

Typhoon Jebi is firmly established as Japan’s biggest typhoon-related insurance and reinsurance loss on record.

International
Energy

United Kingdom: Equinor’s ‘unprecedented’ £11bn wind investment will rival oil projects, Rystad claim

An expected multi-billion capital investment by Equinor at its new Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm will see it rival its major oil and gas projects, according to Rystad Energy.

International
Fisheries

Fish larvae float across national borders, binding the world’s oceans in a single network

Fish populations are declining around the world, and many countries are trying to conserve them by regulating their fishing industries. However, controlling fishing locally may not do enough to strengthen fish populations. Often one nation’s fish stocks depend on the spawning grounds of a neighboring country, where fish release eggs and sperm into the water and larvae hatch from fertilized eggs.

International
Advocacy

India: National Green Tribunal comes to the aid of Kharai camels and mangroves in Kachchh

In an important decision to protect the mangroves in Gujarat’s Kachchh district, which is also the habitat of the indigenous Kharai camels, the National Green Tribunal has asked the authorities to ensure a free and continuous flow of estuarine water in the creeks. In India, Kharai camels, also known as swimming camels, are only found in Gujarat. Of the estimated 4,500 Kharai camels, about 40 percent are found in Kachchh.

International
Property

India Explainer: What is Maradu flat demolition controversy, who is involved and why

The Supreme Court order to raze down five residential complexes in Maradu Grama Panchayat near Kochi had kick-started a political storm in Kerala. Here's everything you need to know about it.

International
Property

New Zealand: Long coastline steadily eroding

Cases of coastal erosion in Southland are heading the same way as sea levels — on the rise. Invercargill reporter Laura Smith takes a look at what the region, and its residents, are experiencing.

International
Property

With warming oceans, seafood could be swimming away

SINGAPORE - The world is warming and it is not just humans feeling the heat.

International
Property

Investors and Bond-Rating Analysts Are Working to Quantify Risks from Climate Change

Real estate investors and analysts who rate local government bonds already are grappling with how to evaluate the future risks from rapid climate change, panelists said at ULI’s 2019 Resilience Summit, part of the Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.

International
Science

Deep-Sea Explorers Find Rare Shapeshifting Jellyfish with a Prize Inside

What in the name of Neptune's beard is that thing? A ghost? An alien? The ghost of an alien?

International
Science

Estonia: Aeolian coastal dune landscapes are disappearing due to the changing climate

Agnes Anderson, doctoral student of the School of Natural Sciences and Health of Tallinn University, recently defended her doctoral dissertation, in which she explores how the changing climate and human influence change the aeolian coastal dune landscapes. The dissertation concluded that the coastal dune landscapes are losing their distinctive features and diversity due to those influences.

International
Advocacy

UK's best sea view photography competition 2019 | Environment

National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly awaited results of its seventh annual photography competition, showcasing images relating to all aspects of the UK’s historic relationship with the sea.

International
Science

Acid and Coke: A Dangerous Combo for Marine Life

For sea urchins, ocean acidification magnifies the toxicity of cocaine.

International
Engineering

Tetra Tech Wins $48M USAID Global Marine Pollution Prevention Contract

Tetra Tech, Inc. (TTEK) announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Company a $48 million contract to reduce and prevent the global pollution of marine debris in our oceans. Clean Cities Blue Ocean (CCBO) will serve as USAID's flagship program to target ocean plastics directly at their source in cities and towns.

International
Science

NASA-NOAA satellite catches Hurricane Kiko at night

Hurricane Kiko continued to track west through the Eastern Pacific Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and provided a view of the storm. Satellite imagery revealed an elongated shape, which indicated wind shear was still affecting Kiko.

International
Engineering

United Kingdom. Suffolk's coast among 'fastest eroding' in Europe according to experts | Environment

Suffolk's coastline is facing an uncertain future - and has some of the "fastest eroding beaches in Europe", according to an expert.

International
Engineering

United Kingdom. New Forest coastal defence could cost tax hike

RESIDENTS may have to pay more council tax to get coastal defences built near their homes, under a new strategy.

International
Property

Kerala, India. Tale of two Coastal Regulation Zone violation cases, two Supreme Court rulings

Maradu, where the four apartments which the Supreme Court ordered to be demolished are located, has been under CRZ III category as per the coastal zone management plan of 1996.

International
Engineering

India: How the Kerala govt plans to tackle coastal erosion and why experts disapprove

Construction of harbours have caused coastal erosion and rough sea in various areas of Kerala, and the state is grappling to deal with it. Some say seawalls and geotubes aren’t the answer.

International
Engineering

Singapore Explainer: What are polders and how does the Govt plan to use them to defend S’pore against climate change?

SINGAPORE — When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong devoted a big part of his National Day Rally speech on Aug 18 to climate change, many listening may have encountered an unfamiliar word — “polders”.

International
Science

‘Ecological grief’ grips scientists witnessing Great Barrier Reef’s decline

Studying ecosystems affected by climate change takes an emotional toll on researchers.

International
Science

Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?

In late 2016, scientists aboard the U.K. research ship James Cook arrived 500 kilometers off the coast of northwest Africa, seeking two treasures joined by a curse.

International
Fisheries

Fisheries Reform: Transshipment in the Western and Central Pacific

Greater understanding and transparency of carrier vessel fleet dynamics would help reform management

International
Property

India: Why demolishing Kochi apartments to safeguard environment can be counterproductive

Irrespective of the technique used for demolition, it will cause a huge environmental impact, incidentally, on the very element that the SC is trying to protect through its order - the Vembanad Lake.

International
Engineering

England: Contractor revealed for £100m Southsea Coastal scheme

VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster joint venture, VSBW, has been appointed as the principal contractor for delivering the Southsea Coastal Scheme worth £100m

International
Advocacy

ADVENTURE. The Shifting Sands: How Tony Plant uses beach drawings to celebrate the coast

“A CANVAS IS DEFINED BY ITS EDGES. WE REFER TO IT BY IT’S SHAPE. A BEACH IS EXACTLY THE SAME, BUT THE EDGES ARE ALWAYS MOVING.” Tony Plat

International
Energy

Dumping Fukushima's Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean Is 'Only Option', Japan Says

Japan's environment minister says contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant may have to be released into the ocean because storage space will run out in 2022.

International
Science

Scientists Found Microplastics Along the Entire Northern Sea Route

Plastic waste and microplastics have been found in the sea along the entire Northern Sea Route, Russian scientists confirm. The results of a recent expedition may provide crucial information about how some of the world’s most remote ocean areas are affected by the global issue of microplastics.

International
Engineering

UK: Norfolk gets three miles of new beaches in a groundbreaking sandscaping project

Engineers pumped more than 1.8 billion cubic metres of sand to protect the North Norfolk coastline near Bacton and Walcott from erosion and storm surges.

International
Property

India: Kerala remains clueless on how to proceed with Maradu apartments demolition issue

The state government seems to be caught between the devil and the deep sea in the Maradu apartments demolition issue.

International
Advocacy

Channel Islands, Europe: States ‘are failing to protect coastline’

A DECADE after thousands of Islanders demonstrated their support for stricter controls on development, politicians are still failing in their duty to protect the Jersey’s coastline, National Trust for Jersey chief executive Charles Alluto, an organiser of the protest, said.

International
Advocacy

Australia: Dr. Bernhard Bischoff explores the history of Bunbury's coastline

This article is about the threat in 1979 of operations for a housing development in the dune country south of the 'Maidens' and about the lucky turns of events that stopped the development plans from becoming reality.

International
Fisheries

India: Spike in Chinese fishing trawlers in southern Indian Ocean cause of concern for security agencies

Security agencies are keeping a tab on these trawlers since they suspect that they could be carrying survey and snooping equipment

International
Engineering

India: Mapping how growth in Kochi, Mumbai and Chennai made them flood and drought-prone

Nine maps show how the change in built up area in these three coastal cities at the cost of its natural ecosystems have made them especially vulnerable to extreme weather events.

International
Tourism

Cyprus: Lara bay - Who benefits? Who pays?

Lara bay must be protected but local communities concerns are also valid. Coastal development, a major source of land gains and income growth almost all over Cyprus, continues to be guided by a simple-minded development model of ‘building development you win, environmental protection you lose’.

International
Property

India: Top Court Orders Demolition Of Posh Kerala Flats Over Coastal Zone Rules

The Supreme Court ordered the demolition of illegal flats in Kochi's Maradu Panchayat in Kerala by September 20 for violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules.

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