International
International
Recreation

South Africa - Level Free! Surfers liberate themselves from lockdown, with a few arrests

It was a weird Monday on 1 June 2020 as a cosmic Takealot delivered a neatly wrapped package from Neptune that had the raptured hordes rush into the sea.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Canada - Governments pump money into B.C. tourism organizations

Feds provide $1.5 million in new money while Destination BC provides $400,000.

Coastwide
Waterways

USA - CDC Provides Updated Guidance Helping Cruise Ship Crew Reparations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide an important update on its guidance for the cruise lines designed to help with the repatriation efforts of crew members during the suspension of service. Coming more than ten weeks after cruise ships stopped sailing, it may be late but it is still expected to help the efforts to return idle crew to their homes.

Coastwide
Federal

International - How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas

Oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. But, because many of us spend most of our lives on land, the 362 million square kilometres of blue out there aren’t always top of mind.

International
Engineering

Video - Major Landslide Destroys 8 Homes In Northern Norway

A powerful landslide of more than 2,000 feet in width has taken eight houses into the sea in northern Norway. The instability continued for several hours and one person was evacuated from a nearby property, but there have been no reports of injuries.

International
Science

India - Asian green mussels, a Kerala delicacy, faces threat from an invasive American mussel

A study from the University of Kerala found that the rapid spread of the new species may affect the presence of Kallumakkas.

International
Energy

Germany - Offshore wind goals ramping up

The German cabinet has approved the amendment to the Wind Energy At Sea Act presented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs And Energy (BMWi). The core of the bill is a significant increase in the expansion target to 20 GW by 2030. In addition, a 40 GW target expansion goal has been set for 2040.

International
Energy

UK - Offshore wind farm extension refused on marine safety grounds

The secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy has agreed with his inspectors’ conclusions and recommendations and refused a development consent order for a 340 megawatt extension to an offshore wind farm in Kent because of marine safety concerns and adverse economic impacts on Thames ports.

International
Energy

China - Allseas starts operations on first-ever gig in China

Offshore oil and gas installation, construction, and decommissioning specialist Allseas has started work on CNOOC’s Lingshui 17-2 gas field development offshore China.

International
Fisheries

UK - Information sought over concerns of commercial shellfish harvesting on Thanet coastline

Thanet Coast Project is asking for information to help gauge the amount of commercial collecting and harvesting of shellfish that is taking place on isle beach areas.

International
Fisheries

Bay of Bengal - Jailing fishers won’t save the fish

In the absence of active cooperation, fishers continue to be jailed in other countries while overfishing drives down fish populations

International
Science

International - Horn from extinct creature that died around 3,000 years ago found by fishermen in Severn estuary

The horn is believed to have belonged to an auroch, a grazing creature which is thought to have stood around two metres tall

International
Local

International - Retreat from sea among options as Thames-Coromandel plans for coastal change

Those living in flood and erosion prone areas of the Thames Coromandel, New Zealand could be faced with a managed retreat or a move to higher ground as the council looks to solutions to the district's coastal hazards.

Caribbean
Science

International - Scientists Explore Coral Reef Damage From Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

Researchers who had made maps of 70 coral reefs in the bahamas prior to Hurricane Dorian, have gone out to survey 26 of those reefs post Dorian.

International
Energy

This Clever Ocean Power Station Harvests Wind, Wave And Solar Energy on One Platform

This summer, the clean energy company SINN Power is showcasing "the world's first floating ocean hybrid platform" - a high-tech buoy that produces electricity from not one, not two, but three sources of renewable energy.

International
Tourism

Canada - Cruise ship ban extended until October

The Government of Canada has extended the ban on cruise ship operations until October amid the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

International
Tourism

Europe - The first river cruise has returned to Europe's waterways – is this the start of the cruise recovery?

As the distinctive red-and-white riverboat NickoVision sets sail today, it is not only carrying 110 excited passengers but also the hopes of the entire cruise industry.

International
Engineering

Sri Lanka - Mount Beach saga: Officials defend nourishment project, but questions remain

Amid widespread condemnation on social and mainstream media, Sri Lanka’s Coast Conservation Department (CCD) today defended a controversial Rs 890-million beach nourishment project carried out in parts of the island’s western shoreline.

International
Science

Spain - The hidden underwater map of the past

A study by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country establishes 12 former coastlines under the sea off the Basque coast

International
Property

Int'l - Photography Focuses on Sea Level Rise and Eroding Communities

Narratives from applicants for the Getty Images Climate Visuals Grants provided a unique insight into the reality of climate change. Both winners focused on the impact of sea level rise.

International
Property

India - In a fortnight, second cyclone heading towards Indian coast

India Meteorological Department has turned on its cyclone-watch over a low pressure system that formed on Sunday.

International
Property

NZ - Retreat from sea among options as Thames-Coromandel plans for coastal change

Those living in flood and erosion prone areas of the Coromandel could be faced with a managed retreat or a move to higher ground as the council looks to solutions to the district's coastal hazards.

International
Federal

Northern Ireland - Climate change top of NI public's environmental concerns

Climate change is the number one environmental issue of concern for households in Northern Ireland, according to a government report.

International
Science

Spain - Researchers identify two marine molecules with therapy potential against Alzheimer's disease

An interdisciplinary research study of the University of Barcelona identified two potential candidates to treat Alzheimer's disease. These are two marine molecules, meridianine and lignarenone B, able to alter the activity of GSK3B activity, a protein associated with several neurodegenerative diseases.

International
Aquaculture

UK - Stirling scientists report on animal welfare in aquaculture

Scientists at the University of Stirling have authored a new report providing guidance on identifying and strengthening best practices for animal welfare in aquaculture.

Coastwide
Waterways

Mathematics can save lives at sea

Hundreds of people die at sea every year due to vessel and airplane accidents. Emergency teams have little time to rescue those in the water because the probability of finding a person alive plummets after six hours. Beyond tides and challenging weather conditions, unsteady coastal currents often make search and rescue operations exceedingly difficult.

International
Advocacy

Bangladesh Op-Ed - Climate change adaptation and gender dynamics

Sociological conditions associated with gender are determinants of the severity of climate change impacts and the capacity to withstand and adapt to such effects. In many countries, including Bangladesh, gender-specific roles and culturally-imposed behaviour expectations put women in highly exploited and disadvantaged positions.

International
Advocacy

India - Cyclone, breached dam and hurricane warning serve as reminders of climate change

The hits came this past week in rapid succession: A cyclone slammed into the Indian megacity of Kolkata, pounding rains breached two dams in the Midwestern United States, and on Thursday came warning that the Atlantic hurricane season could be severe. It all served as a reminder that the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 325,000 people so far, is colliding with another global menace: a fast-heating planet that acutely threatens millions of people, especially the world’s poor.

International
Recreation

Australia - Surfers brave monster waves as 10-metre swells lash Sydney's coastline – in pictures

Over the weekend a low-pressure system hung over Sydney which created swells of up to 10 meters. Daredevils headed to ocean pools and beaches to take advantage of the wild weather

International
Science

Siberia - Heatwave, early Greenland ice melt worry researchers

A Siberian heatwave and an early melting season in Greenland are worrying developments as summer approaches in the Arctic, researchers said Friday. The start of the melting season in Greenland -- defined as when the melting extends over five percent of the ice sheet -- was registered on May 13, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Coastwide
Science

Australia - Merlie the turtle's non stop swim from Mon Repos to the Gulf

Merlie the turtle has massive powers of endurance and a pretty special sense of timing too.

Caribbean
Tourism

Jamaica - Leading The Way In Profiling Post-Pandemic Travel And Travelers

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Minister Edmund Bartlett, is an engaging and sought-after speaker at the heart of global discussions around travel and tourism resilience and recovery measures. He recently granted me an exclusive interview for Forbes.com about the world’s transition to a “New Normal” that will define how we all will travel in the future.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Canada - BC Province Supports Community Destination Marketing Organizations

The Province is supporting fifty-nine community-destination marketing organizations (DMO) through $10 million dollars in funding.

International
Tourism

Greece, Spain Slowly Reopen Tourism Industries

The tourism industry is slowly being revived in some European countries with new precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

International
Local

UK - Thousands ignore pleas to stay away and head to coast

After a quiet start to the Bank Holiday weekend due to the weather turning cooler, the sunshine brought thousands of visitors to the coast on Monday - in spite of the pleas by East Lindsey District Council to 'stay away'

Coastwide
Fisheries

Canada - How small-scale fishers are struggling amid COVID-19 crisis

As COVID-19 affects global food systems, tremendous impacts are being felt by coastal communities and small-scale fishers, many of whom are self-employed and rely on the catch to feed their own households or local communities.

International
Energy

Russia - Akademik Lomonosov begins commercial operation

The world's only floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), the Akademik Lomonosov, began commercial operation in the Russian Arctic city of Pevek on 22 May, Russian nuclear utility Rosenergoatom, part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced.

International
Federal

Ireland - Flood risk to 70,000 coastal homes and premises if climate change not tackled

More than 70,000 Irish homes and premises are in danger of coastal flooding caused by climate change, data compiled for the insurance industry shows.

International
Property

India - The Story Of 'India's Cyclone-Man' Whose Efforts Saved Many Lives

Bhubaneswar: Accurate forecast of the natural calamity is a great weapon to contain the damage to life and property, and Dr Mrutunjaya Mohapatra, affectionately called as 'Cyclone-Man' of India is lauded for his accuracy in predicting the cyclones which breed over the Bay of Bengal.

International
Tourism

Ireland - Coastal and marine tourism could help jump start the sector

Coast and Marine tourism could hold enormous value to help the sector get back on its feet coming out of the Covid-19 crisis a report from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) has found.

International
Science

India - Giant tectonic plate under Indian Ocean is breaking in two

The giant tectonic plate under the Indian Ocean is going through a rocky breakup … with itself. In a short time (geologically speaking) this plate will split in two, a new study finds.

International
Science

World - Tubeworm Slime Glows for Days, But How?

A species of parchment tubeworm can exude slime that can glow a blue hue that lasts for days. Predators can get this sticky mucus with a blue glow on them if they tread upon these tubeworms.

International
Waterways

Int'l - Massive electric oil tankers are coming – oh the irony

A group of large Japanese companies has come together to launch a consortium that will build the infrastructure to develop and launch large electric vessels, like oil tankers.

International
Recreation

Featured Video: Coastal fossil find and prep (kinda): Mystery fossils, fossil vertebrae and more!

Mamlambo is an amateur fossil hunter living on the South Island of New Zealand. He enjoys hunting the coastal cliffs for Miocene and Cretaceous era fossils and venturing further afield for the petrified wood and fossils that can be found there. He is constantly learning about the fossils that can be found here in New Zealand.

International
Recreation

Featured Video: My Journey On How To Make A Career From Coastal Foraging Whilst Living The Dream

Meet Craig, a YouTube coastal forager. In his videos, we follow along as he explores the coasts of the UK identifying forgeable crabs, oysters, and the like. It's educational and provides a new appreciation for the rich wildlife that exists on the shoreline.

Coastwide
Science

Why some spots on the planet are heating up faster than others

“What are the fastest warming places on Earth and why are they warming so fast?” — John, Grass Valley, Calif.

International
Science

Africa - How an underwater photo led to the discovery of a tiny new seahorse species

Finding a species like Hippocampus nalu also shows how little we know about Africa’s marine biodiversity, and how much more is left to discover

International
Federal

India - Cyclone Amphan: 83,000 homes destroyed in Khulna

'A thorough assessment of the damage caused by the cyclone will soon be made'

International
Tourism

Mexico - Playa del Carmen hotel shutdown after beach club caught operating

Playa Del Carmen officials shutdown the Grand Coral Hotel when they found the beach club operating as normal during stay at home orders.

International
Science

India - Study reveals marked decline in noise levels in Indian Ocean Region during lockdown

A slump in shipping traffic during the lockdown has resulted in a marked decline in noise levels across the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) – which includes Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean – a study by Pune’s Maritime Research Centre (MRC) has revealed.

International
Energy

Int'l - Ukraine’s Port Odessa Welcomes First U.S. WTI Crude Cargo

The Ukrainian port Odessa on the Black Sea will receive its first-ever crude oil cargo of WTI Crude from the United States, after the U.S. shipped its first oil to Ukraine just last year as it looks to wean off Russian oil and gas supplies after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

Canada - Coastal conservation group working without an office

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation has permanently moved out of it’s office in the Square in Goderich.

International
Science

Australia - What Makes Humpback Dolphins Different? This Indian Biologist Is Finding Out

In the US, the most exposure people usually have to dolphins in aquariums or on TV, but along India’s west coast, interactions with the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) are reasonably common – and can lead to conflict.

Mid-Atlantic
Federal

VA - Judge Approves Salvage Firm's Plan to Recover Titanic's Telegraph Machine From Shipwreck

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner.

International
Energy

Int'l - From finding a Dry Well to Investing U$ 675 million on Capture and Storage of CO2

Equinor, Shell and Total have made a historic investment decision in, the Northern Lights Project, Norway's first exploitation license for CO₂ storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

International
Property

Int'l - Bangladesh starts evacuating 2.2m people to cyclone shelters as Amphan looms

People threatened by the cyclone in the coastal districts will be evacuated to safety by 8 pm Tuesday, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman.

International
Energy

IR - Ireland Speeds Up Seven Offshore Wind Projects

The Irish government has designated seven offshore wind projects as relevant, meaning they will be fast-tracked through the new marine planning regime.

International
Science

Int'l - Heat-resistant algae is developed by scientists to protect coral reefs

Coral reefs that are turning white due to rising sea temperatures, caused by climate change, could be saved by cultivating more heat resistant algae, researchers claim.

International
Local

Australia - Erosion from surging seas threatens roads, homes and beaches

In Austrialia, surging seas have battered beaches and rattled communities along Victoria’s 2500 kilometre coastline since Easter, raising confronting questions about how to respond to rising oceans and rapid erosion.

International
Engineering

Int'l - AS SEA LEVELS RISE, ARE WE READY TO LIVE BEHIND GIANT WALLS?

Do we really want to live in a world in which we all live behind huge walls? Is this the only way to adapt to sea level rise? A look at some of the options.

International
Property

Category 4 Cyclone Amphan takes aim at northeastern India, Bangladesh, with life-threatening storm surge

Capital Weather Gang - Category 4 Cyclone Amphan takes aim at northeastern India, Bangladesh, with life-threatening storm surge. The ‘super cyclonic storm’ is the most intense to form in the Northern Hemisphere this year, strongest on record in the Bay of Bengal.

International
Tourism

UK - Seaside faces ‘Catch-22’ as lifeguard huts, toilets and car parks stay shut

Seaside towns face a “catch-22” as they balance protecting their older residents with the need to support the tourism industry, a district councillor has warned.

International
Waterways

Bahamas - Nassau Cruise Port bond offering tops $130 mil.

Nassau Cruise Port Ltd confirmed it has raised more than $130 million through its private bond offering.

International
Aquaculture

Brussels - Brussels backs trout and shellfish aquaculture

Funding worth £800,000 has been awarded to eleven of Scotland’s shellfish growers and trout producers, in a bid to mitigate the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

International
Engineering

Australia - Long-term plan for Stockton now on public exhibition

City of Newcastle has prepared a draft Coastal Management Program (CMP) for Stockton in partnership with the local community and you can provide your feedback during the exhibition period between 13 May and 10 June 2020.

International
Energy

COMMENT: Why low oil prices are good news for the environment, but not for the reasons you may think

On the same day that the University of Oxford made the historic decision to divest from fossil fuel companies, oil prices went negative for the first time in the US. The two events were of course unrelated—the divestment decision was years in the making, and the price shock had more to do with expiring futures contracts than some watershed transition away from fossil fuels—but the historically-low oil prices sparked conversations in climate-engaged circles.

International
Fisheries

Int'l - Salvaging fisheries sector during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to considerable challenges the Indonesian government must face to care for and protect the more than 260 million people spread across the country’s 17,000 plus islands, as well as to safeguard the country’s growing economy. The marine and fisheries sector has been one of the hardest hit, affecting 3.5 million fishers, not to mention fish farmers and those working throughout the supply chain.

International
Energy

Australia - No winners from Shell’s $US17B Prelude floating LNG

Shell's giant $US17B Prelude floating LNG is late, expensive, dirty and so far unreliable. An exclusive look at how a failed investment for Shell is a terrible deal for Australia.

International
Engineering

Australia - Erosion from surging seas threaten roads, homes and beaches

Surging seas have battered beaches and rattled communities along Victoria’s 2500 kilometre coastline since Easter, raising confronting questions about how to respond to rising oceans and rapid erosion.

International
Engineering

Int'l - A Transformative Subsea Internet Cable Connects Africa

2Africa is one of the largest subsea projects in the world, connecting 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe and extending to Asia via the main Europe-to-Asia subsea cables

International
Federal

Int'l - New High Seas Treaty Could Be a Gamechanger for the Ocean

Most of us have never been to the world's immense last wilderness and never will. It's beyond the horizon and often past the limits of our imaginations. It contains towering underwater mountain ranges, ancient corals, mysterious, unknown forms of life and the largest seagrass meadow in the world.

International
Engineering

Int'l - Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Amid the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people see the process of restarting society as a chance to do things differently. Some organizations are calling for big investments in infrastructure, both to generate jobs and to promote green economic growth.

International
Federal

Philippines - 'Trapped in a Nightmare Situation': Philippines Typhoon Offers Glimpse of Climate Disaster Amid Pandemic

"A global pandemic does not mean the climate crisis has stopped," says 350.org. "If anything, it has only exacerbated the problem."

International
Science

Asia’s Mega Rivers - Common Source, Diverse Fates

How do humans affect the ways that Asia’s mega rivers deliver sediment and dissolved matter to farms, river deltas, and, eventually, the sea? A proposed study would construct an integrated picture.

International
Fisheries

Canada - Ottawa announces $469M for fish harvesters

Canadian fish harvesters welcomed the announcement Thursday of $469 million in federal support for the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they're watching closely for clarity as fishing seasons open across the country.

International
Science

China - Ancient DNA unveils important missing piece of human coastal history

Newly released genomes from Neolithic East Asia have unveiled a missing piece of human prehistory, according to a study conducted by Prof. Fu Qiaomei's team from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Arctic & Antarctica
Recreation

Canada - Ottawa bans ‘pleasure craft’ in Arctic coastal waters, will reopen some national parks as of June 1

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in remote and vulnerable Arctic communities with few medical facilities, Ottawa announced that “pleasure craft” will be prohibited from operating within Canada’s Arctic coastal waters (north of the 60th parallel), as well as in the coastal areas of northern Quebec and Labrador.

International
Science

Australia - Scientists successfully develop 'heat resistant' coral to fight bleaching

The team included researchers from CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Melbourne.

International
Aquaculture

Africa - The pros and cons of the spread of cage aquaculture

Concerns over the spread of fish farm cages in Africa’s inland waterways have been expressed in a new study which gives a valuable overview of the extent of the continent’s freshwater cage culture.

International
Engineering

UK - Shifting sands: Eve excited to start work on saving Cumbria’s precious dunescapes

Barrow born-and-bred ecologist will work with local communities to restore Cumbria’s sand dunes

International
Science

Canada - UBC seahorse expert wins world’s leading conservation prize

Amanda Vincent, professor at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and director of Project Seahorse, has been announced as the 2020 winner of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.

International
Recreation

Netherlands - Five surfers found dead off the Dutch coast

Five surfers have died after surfing amid dangerous weather conditions off the coast of the Netherlands, Dutch authorities said Tuesday.

International
Property

Int'l - Catastrophe Bonds, Disaster Risk Insurance Facilities and Natural Disaster Funds: Protecting our Planet and the Public Purse

Guy Carpenter’s recently released report on the public sector response to climate change, Protecting our Planet and the Public Purse, looks beyond the United States’ approach to natural catastrophe risk mitigation and investigates the measures taken by countries in Latin America and Asia.

International
Local

Canada - St. John’s council votes to protect city’s wetlands

St. John’s completed and adopted a a city-wide wetland study, identifying over 10,000 wetland components within the city, and then voted unanimously to protect all wetlands within watersheds, as well as within the Goulds environmentally valuable area, floodplains and areas remote to development.

International
Engineering

Int'l - 3 Questions: Harnessing wave power to rebuild islands

In the Maldives, an MIT team is conducting experiments to combat sea-level rise by redirecting natural sand movement.

International
Recreation

Int'l - Five surfers drown in rough, foamy seas off Dutch coast

Five surfers have drowned in rough and foamy seas off the Dutch coast near The Hague, emergency services said.

Coastwide
Energy

UK - Solve invasive seaweed problem by turning it into biofuels and fertilisers

UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America.

International
Local

Wales - Warnings issued following pebble thefts at pebbly beach

The Vale council has installed a sign at The Knap, in Barry, following reports that people have been travelling to the area and removing pebbles from pebbly beach.

International
Property

Australia - Real Estate - Built strong for beach conditions

With 55 Western Australian locations last year identified as coastal erosion hotspots, many might wonder whether the dream of owning a coastal home is still alive.

International
Waterways

France - Tankers Round the Cape as Oil Glut Snarls Ports

When the supertanker New Vigorous arrived at the port of Antifer in northern France last Saturday, it made a small bit of maritime history.

International
Engineering

Japan - Stanford Researchers Call for Rethinking of Tsunami Defenses

Careful engineering of low, plant-covered hills along shorelines can mitigate tsunami risks with less disruption of coastal life and lower costs compared to seawalls.

International
Property

Australia - When the sea claims your house, who do you sue? This is legal quicksand

Australian beaches have been disappearing faster and with more permanence, no question; the causes are not so simple and neither are the legal consequences.

International
Advocacy

At the Nexus of Climate-Fragility and Security

Middlebury Institute International Environmental Policy graduate Bryce Bray MAIEP ´18 will combine his exceptional language skills and passion for the environment researching methods to improve climate response and resiliency in the coastal regions of Senegal as a Fulbright scholar.

International
Tourism

New Zealand - Tourism Bay of Plenty launches new campaign to help Covid 19 affected businesses

A new campaign aimed at enticing New Zealanders to visit or rediscover the coastal Bay of Plenty in the wake Covid-19 has begun.

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