International
International
Fisheries

Japan's marine eco-label likely to be made international standard

Japan's certification system for protecting marine resources, called Marine Eco-Label Japan (MEL), is expected to be approved as an international standard by the end of this year, government sources said.

International
Federal

In the Face of Catastrophic Sea Level Rise, Countries in Southeast Asia Dither

Rising seas will endanger more than 300 million people in the next 30 years, according to a startling new study published in late October in the journal Nature Communications. By 2050, the impact of rising sea levels will be much more severe than previously thought, “threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities” in low-lying areas from Egypt’s Nile Delta to southern and eastern China to Southeast Asia, as The New York Times put it. One of those cities is Ho Chi Minh City, the economic hub of Vietnam, which could be underwater along with the rest of southern Vietnam by mid-century, as these new projections suggest. Many coastal regions across Southeast Asia would be doomed. Yet despite this imminent danger, Southeast Asian countries are lagging behind in preparing for the deluge.

International
Engineering

Halifax Harbour Rising

On the night of Jan. 4, 2018 as 30 km/h winds swept the surface of the Halifax Harbour, Jamie Rouse and his son-in-law were standing on the Fisherman’s Cove boardwalk just outside of Rouse’s seafood restaurant, Boondocks, warily watching the rising waters.

International
Advocacy

Extinction Rebellion activists sail ‘sinking house’ down London’s River Thames

LONDON — Extinction Rebellion activists staged a surprising demonstration Sunday, floating a model of a sinking house down the River Thames in protest over rising sea levels.

International
Property

ESSEX, Ontario -- Windsor and Essex county are in dire straits when it comes to the threat of flooding

The warning comes from the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Watershed Management Director Tim Byrne said at Thursday's board meeting that the region is "woefully unprepared" for emergency flooding.

International
Property

Credit Suisse Exec: Firms ignoring climate change could 'go to zero,' coastal property investments cited as an example

One of Credit Suisse’s (CS) most senior bankers has said investments could “go to zero quickly” if companies ignore climate change " and cites coastal property investments as an example.

International
Engineering

Canada: Environment committee hears about Prince Edward Island government's response to coastal erosion

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Vanishing coastlines. Damaged lighthouses. Unexpected storm surges. Washed-out roads.

International
Science

Song of the Seagrass

Seagrass, the ocean’s early warning system, may well be our secret weapon in the fight against climate change.

International
Waterways

Oil spill threatens vast areas of mangroves and coral reefs in Brazil

Pollution stretches across 2,400km of coastline, with scientists fearing contamination of food chain

International
Science

Pesticide management is failing Australian and Great Barrier Reef waterways

Scientists say a failure of national management means excessive amounts of harmful chemicals--many now banned in other countries such as the EU, USA and Canada--are damaging the nation's waterways and the Great Barrier Reef.

International
Recreation

Technically, This Is the Most Perfect Stretch of Beach In the World

There’s a pretty well-worn backpacker route that runs from Southeast Asia all the way down to New Zealand.

Coastwide
Science

Training the Next Generation of Marine Biogeochemists

Early-career scientists came together recently to learn to use a suite of ocean biogeochemical sensors, with the goal of closing the knowledge gap between ocean technology and potential end users.

International
Federal

Ireland plans to introduce new levies on single-use plastics and waste

The Government looks set to push forward with a series of new environmental levies to encourage behavioural change and bring in additional funding to tackle waste blackspots.

International
Property

Illegal bungalows on Alibaug coast: HC summons collector

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday pulled up the Maharashtra government for "turning a blind eye" to illegal constructions carried out by "powerful and eminent" people in the coastal Alibaug district.

International
Science

Past Antarctic ice melt reveals potential for 'extreme sea-level rise'

Sea levels rose as much as three metres per century during the last interglacial period as Antarctic ice sheets melted, a pace that could be exceeded in the future, given the turbo-charged potential of human-led climate change.

International
Engineering

Australia: Quinns Beach groin work to finish in summer

The latest stage of coastal management work at Quinns Beach includes a $2.1 million upgrade and extension of groyne three and refilling beach sand.

International
Advocacy

Japan Times Editorial: Rising sea levels will transform our world

It is intuitive that climbing global temperatures will increase the pace of polar ice melt, which will in turn raise sea levels and flood coastal lands. Recent research reveals, however, that the scale of such flooding could be exponentially worse than previously anticipated. New data suggests that many countries, many of which are in Asia, will be transformed — literally — as coastlines are redrawn by rising waters and hundreds of millions of people will be forced from their homes. Japan will be hard hit by this development and must do more to mitigate its impact.

Caribbean
Engineering

In Bahamas, Rising Seas Risk Worse Than Feared

New research show rising seas will have worse impact than previously known, with most of Grand Bahama, Abaco and Spanish Wells projected to be under flood levels by 2050 because of climate change.

International
Property

UK: Residents near fast-eroding shoreline could become 'climate refugees'

Coastal residents in Norfolk are at risk of becoming 'climate refugees' due to erosion, rising sea levels and climate change, it has been claimed.

Caribbean
Fisheries

Bahamian Official: Spiny lobster fishery can meet export demand

Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard yesterday pushed back against suggestions the country’s spiny lobster industry has been totally devastated, telling Eyewitness News the country is still able to satisfy the demand for spiny lobster.

International
Fisheries

Norwegian committee’s proposal would tax aquaculture 40%

A Norwegian parliamentary committee on the morning of Nov. 4 presented a 237-page report that lays out how it would suggest taxing the aquaculture industry there as much as 40%, Dagens Naeringsliv, a Norwegian newspaper, reports.

International
Engineering

Australia: Dredging project creates great interest while reshaping profile of beaches

The restoration of the beach at Ramsgate Baths is proving to be not only a civic engineering success but is also generating great interest for spectators.

International
Science

United Kingdom: Puffins make poor diet choices when the chips are down

A new study has shown that Britain's puffins may struggle to adapt to changes in their North Sea feeding grounds and researchers are calling for better use of marine protection areas (MPAs) to help protect the country's best known seabirds. Britain's coasts support globally important populations of many species of seabird, but they face many challenges as their established habitats change.

International
Science

The Pacific Ocean Blob Returns to Destroy Coral Near Hawaii, According to Satellite Technology

Satellite technology has been helping scientists track the Pacific Ocean Blob since its discovery in 2014. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitoring satellite maps documented the return of this devastating surge of unnaturally warm water that is killing corals and other marine life.

International
Engineering

Oysters served up as natural defence for Hong Kong against flooding

Project hails the shellfish reefs as nature’s solution to coastline impact of climate change Conservationists say the oysters act as a barrier to slow storm surges and protect communities from rising sea levels

International
Engineering

Harbour rising: Halifax’s harbourfront in 2100, come hell or high-water

Between ice age dynamics and global heating, Halifax Harbour is rising faster than most coastal waters around the world and putting billions worth of buildings at risk.

International
Science

As well as being a mythic tale, Moby-Dick is a superb a guide to oceanography

Melville’s experience as a whaler equipped him with a deep knowledge of cetology and marine biology, making Moby-Dick a true novel of the sea

International
Recreation

UK: Perfect peaks - The new manmade surf lagoon that creates 1,000 waves per hour

The Wave in Bristol produces whitewater for beginners to 1.8-metre barrells for dudes

International
Tourism

WHAT BEACH VACATIONS MIGHT LOOK LIKE IN 100 YEARS

Because at the rate we're warming the Earth, we might soon need to rethink our holiday plans.

International
Waterways

Op-Ed: How to Judge The True Progress of Any Trade Deal: Containers Don’t Lie

Since the first tariff threats tweeted by United States President Donald Trump, the global markets have become an involuntary spectator and sometimes unwilling participant in the political reality show known as trade negotiations. For the first time in history, the veil of trade talks was ripped off and made public.

International
Property

New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding

Sea level rise this century could flood coastal areas that are now home to 340 million to 480 million people, researchers from Climate Central, a research and advocacy group, report. That’s roughly triple the number of people estimated to be at risk using previous coastal elevation data.

International
Recreation

Shark attack: Shark bites off tourist's foot, mauls another at Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Canberra, Australia — A shark bit off a British tourist's foot and mauled another British tourist's leg on Tuesday as the men snorkeled on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, officials said.

Coastwide
Science

Largest mapping of breathing ocean floor key to understanding global carbon cycle

Marine sediments play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle due to the oxygen consumption and CO2 respiration of the organisms that live in and on the ocean floor. To help predict the changing contribution of this respiration to the carbon cycle in a warming world, researchers from the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) and universities in Taiwan have compiled the largest open-access database available of the sediment community oxygen consumption and CO2 respiration. Their findings are published in Nature Scientific Data.

International
Science

Casting light on iron enrichment in the ocean's twilight zone

Half of the marine life in the world's oceans depends on the enrichment of phytoplankton by dissolved iron, just as plants at the base of the food chain on land need nutrients to help them grow.

Coastwide
Waterways

Maritime History Notes: Waterman Steamship Co. at 100

Of the 200 U.S.-flag shipping companies that were formed after World War I, only one remains in operation today.

International
Fisheries

EU finds Spain guilty of excess tuna catch in Indian Ocean

The European Commission said that Spain overfished its tuna quota in the Indian Ocean in 2017. As a result, the amount caught in excess by the Spanish fleet that year has been deducted from the country's fishing quota for 2019.

International
Fisheries

Thinking about the future of fishing

South Africa’s approach to managing its fishing industry is supposed to include all interested parties. Fishers and government should work together to make decisions. But this has proven to be easier said than done.

International
Fisheries

China: Environmental authority to further enhance maritime ecology protection

China's environmental authority vowed on Tuesday to step up legislative efforts in environmental protection of the seas and announced policy achievements for this year.

International
Engineering

‘Hydrography is Both a Science and a Technique’

7 Questions to the New Director General of the French Hydrographic Office

International
Energy

Troubles lurk for America's emerging offshore wind boom

In a few years’ time, offshore wind could power the slot machines at this beachside gambling town.

International
Fisheries

Chinese fishing giant launches tuna plant in Vanuatu

Chinese state-owned company China National Fisheries Corporation (CNFC) has launched a new tuna processing plant in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean.

International
Fisheries

Salmon lice costing Norway NOK 5 billion a year

The task of tackling salmon lice cost Norway’s aquaculture industry more than five billion kroner, or some £440 million last year, a leading researcher has calculated.

International
Recreation

Sailing Ireland’s west coast: the wild, watery Atlantic way

A journey through ancient isles, myths and deadly seas along the western coast of Ireland

International
Science

Archaeologists uncover Essex dock 'where Charles Darwin's ship was dismantled'

Charles Darwin's ship was decommissioned in 1870, when it was thought to be have been dismantled by the person that bought it.

International
Fisheries

How Chile's Environment Policy Is Good for Fish, and for Business

The country's science-based approach shows fishing can be environmentally sustainable.

International
Federal

Competing for space on the increasingly crowded ocean

Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of the Earth, and it's getting crowded out on the water.

International
Science

Drastic measures that can help save the world's coral reefs

Coral systems must adapt if they are to survive, and governments in countries with reefs can help them

International
Science

A new decade of UK ocean science

Executive Director, Prof Edward Hill, from the UK National Oceanography Centre talks to SciTech Europa Quarterly about the issues the ocean is facing.

International
Engineering

Your favorite beaches could disappear

BERKELEY, Calif. - It's easy to see why millions of people flock to the beach every year.

International
Engineering

The towns, harbours and villages in Cornwall at risk due to climate change - Coverack and Porthleven are on the list

Cornwall is one of the counties in the UK which is likely to be the most affected by climate change. As temperatures are increasing, ice is melting and the sea levels are rising.

International
Federal

U.S. Announces $1.21 Billion To Support Blue Economy

Commitment Strengthens Sustainability of Ocean Economy, Enhances Health of Planet, and Advances Global Economic Security

International
Science

Asia’s coral faces a deadly onslaught

If overfishing and pollution don’t kill it, climate change will

International
Property

Waterworld? Floating Cities Turn Hollywood Sci-fi Into Reality As Sea Levels Rise

“Coastal cities are literally the interface between man and nature. That is where it is happening,” spoke Marc Collins, the former tourism minister of French Polynesia and founder of Oceanix as we sat together in Bryant Park beneath the towers of Manhattan.

International
Property

Water may soon lap at the door, but still some homeowners don't want to rock the boat

It is becoming increasingly possible that sea-level rise of a meter or more will occur this century. You might expect this threat to preoccupy coastal homeowners. But many deny the need to act, for fear their property values will fall.

International
Advocacy

Statement by the Ocean Peoples’ Conference, 23 October, 2019

On 23 and 24 October, Norway will host the “Our Ocean” conference: An annual international conference that was initiated in 2014 by the US Department of State outside of any UN process. The people who live with and are surrounded by the ocean, and who are most affected by the deterioration of the marine environment, are not present in the conference panels: Fishers, coastal communities and first-affected by climate change indigenous groups.

International
Science

VIDEO: Critically endangered shark spotted at UK gas field

Stunning footage has been captured of a critically endangered shark swimming at a gas field in the UK North Sea.

International
Fisheries

Canadian Province Needs to Do More to Prevent Environmental Incidents in Aquaculture, says Premier

Premier Dwight Ball says government needs to work with industry leaders to make sure an event like the die-off of over 2.6-million salmon on the province’s south coast, never happens again.

International
Engineering

120-year-old lighthouse wheeled away from sea due to threat of coastal erosion

Danish ‘national treasure’ will be transported to safety at speed of 26 feet per hour

International
Engineering

This is how coastal defences are being improved in Elmer

A scheme to improve coastal defences in Elmer and better protect 325 properties from flooding and erosion is underway.

International
Engineering

Cost to replace buildings affected by rising seas expected to exceed $19 billion

Replacing the buildings around New Zealand waiting to be lost to rising seas could exceed $19 billion, reports say.

International
Engineering

UK: Beach Nourishment Begins at Hayling Island

The beach nourishment operations at Hayling Island are set to begin today with the dredger expected to arrive at the dredge site, Chichester Harbor Approach Channel, at approximately midday, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership – ESCP reports.

International
Fisheries

Money Ball: Thai Aquaculture Cleans Up with Blockchain, Analytics

Blockchain player Diginex and data intelligence and analytics company Verifik8 signed a long-term agreement to protect workers in the Thai aquaculture. By combining blockchain and analytics, both companies are looking to better protect workers from exploitation.

International
Property

SWEPT BY THE SEA: Dublin Woman's Home falls onto beach from Coastal Erosion and her Dad's Home is now at Risk

Across the world we are seeing the effects of climate change, however, residents of Portrane in North County Dublin are experiencing first-hand its devastating consequences.

International
Energy

Scientists rush to rescue sea turtles threatened by mysterious Brazil oil spill

Crude oil has been washing up on the coast of the Brazilian northeast for over a month, leaving more than 150 of Brazil’s postcard-perfect beaches covered in thick, sludgy black patches.

International
Science

Earth looks like a painting in stunning US Geological Survey satellite pics

In addition to their scientific value, many satellite images are simply intriguing to look at. Satellites capture an incredible variety of views of Earth. See the mesmerizing beauty of river deltas, mountains, and other sandy, salty, and icy landscapes. Some might even remind you of actual famous works of art!

International
Tourism

Three pit stops compete for best loo title at the Beautiful New Zealand awards

It's a race to the bottom for the finalists of the flushest competition in the country as many eagerly await to see which toilet will be throned as the best loo in New Zealand.

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.

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