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International
Engineering

SA - Barbara Creecy gives go-ahead to mine on Western Cape beaches

The minister dismissed most of the appeals against last year’s approval of expanded beach mining operations north of the Olifants River

International
Tourism

How coronavirus shutdowns are helping destinations heal from overtourism

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International
Science

Australia - Decade of plover protection proves successful

The third-highest number of hooded plover fledglings has been recorded for the decade, with 17 little birds making it through to their first flight this season.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

What drives pollutant exposure in Barents Sea polar bears?

Polar bears in the Barents Sea population use their environment in two different ways. Bears that spend most of their time offshore are exposed to higher levels of pollutants than bears that stay along the coast due to differences in feeding habits, energy expenditure, and geographical distribution.

International
Science

Bangladesh - As humans away, other creatures stage comeback

When humans are staying home in fear of contacting the coronavirus, other creatures of Mother Nature have staged a comeback to the world’s longest sea beach at Cox’s Bazar. A calm and placid ambience now prevails in the most frequently visited beach of the country, as the local authorities have imposed a ban on people’s movement.

International
Fisheries

Russia - Mulling expansion of auctions for all fishing quotas

The Russian Antitrust Service (RAS) has proposed changes to the mechanism of fishing quota distribution that could expand a major overhaul of how the country manages its seafood sector.

International
Engineering

UK - Work starts to improve Folkestone district's coastlines defenses

Crucial work has started to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion along Kent's shoreline.

International
Waterways

Philippines - Shipping Container Pileup Could Shut Philippines’ Biggest Port

The Philippines’ largest port could shut in less than a week if shipping containers aren’t moved to free up space for new cargo amid a lockdown that’s preventing businesses from retrieving freight.

International
Fisheries

Ireland - Irish aquaculture producers urged to make a strong case for economic assistance

Irish aquaculture producers have been asked to fill in a form to strengthen the sector's case for financial aid from the government as they struggle to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

International
Federal

South Africa - Go-ahead for mining on ten West Coast beaches

Environment minister rejects most of the appeals against Tormin expansion plans.

Coastwide
Science

Scientists Decode Genome of Sterlet Sturgeon

An international team of researchers from the United States and Europe has produced the first high-quality genomic sequence for the sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus), a small species of sturgeon from Eurasia.

International
Science

South Africa - Fossil track sites tell the story of ancient crocodiles at the Cape

“The Pleistocene” often evokes images of ice ages – with much of the planet covered by great ice sheets. In reality, this geological epoch that started 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 11,700 years ago was a time of wildly swinging climatic conditions, typically with long, cold “glacial” phases interspersed with warm “interglacials”.

International
Recreation

Video - This converted lifeboat is exploring the Arctic

In 2018, friends Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel bought a 100-person survival lifeboat and spent just over a year transforming the utilitarian vessel with a mission to take it on an epic 5,000km, four-month cruise from the Sussex coast to the Arctic Circle. This is their story...

Pacific Northwest
Local

BC - Coastal Community Lockdowns

To protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve precious medical resources, some British Columbia communities are asking visitors to stay home.

International
Local

Australia - City dwellers move into their beach houses to wait out coronavirus outbreak

Holiday towns around the country are seeing a string of beach house owners move out of major cities and into their second homes to wait out the coronavirus outbreak.

International
Energy

China - Construction at 401.5MW Chinese Offshore Wind Project Back on Track

Construction at the Yangjiang Nanpeng Island offshore wind farm in China is back in full swing, according to MingYang Smart Energy.

Northeast
Fisheries

Canada - Fate of spring lobster fishery up in the air

Pierre LeBlanc needs to decide by Friday whether he’ll bring in dozens of temporary foreign workers.

International
Fisheries

UK - Farmed fish scandal

Shoppers across the UK are unknowingly consuming 2.5 times more fish than they think, according to 'Caught Out', a new report from Feedback and the Changing Markets Foundation which ranks the top ten UK supermarkets according to the sustainability of the farmed seafood that they sell.

International
Fisheries

Japan - Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

In the not too distant future, global warming could deprive Japanese cuisine of an essential element: konbu, or edible kelp.

International
Advocacy

South Africa - Nature may be Covid-19 lockdown’s biggest beneficiary

Nature along KZN’s coast is slowly improving amid the 21-day lockdown, with shark nets and drumlines temporarily removed.

Coastwide
Advocacy

The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis

Therefore, climate action should be central to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

International
Tourism

Australia - Could the Great Barrier Reef benefit from the current travel ban?

A lot of plans have been scrapped. This has led to crystal clear waters (if not dolphins) in Venice, iconic Balinese surf breaks uncrowded like the 1960s and an exodus of selfie sticks from Machu Picchu.

International
Fisheries

India - Tech startup extends help to Indian shrimp farmers navigating bleak new coronavirus landscape

Concern is building in the market over who is going to buy the most recently harvested shrimp.

International
Energy

In pictures: Offshore aquaculture projects back on track in China

Two of the world’s largest offshore aquaculture projects in construction are nearing the final stages of completion in China.

International
Science

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land. Land-surface air temperature and ocean-surface temperature. Average from December 2019 to February 2020, change from average during same months from 1951-80

International
Waterways

World Trade Hit by Virus Sees Worst Collapse in a Generation

The global economy’s most abrupt and consequential shock in at least a generation is unfolding at ports and other hubs of international commerce as the U.S. and Europe struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

International
Science

Researchers document seasonal migration in deep-sea: First time scientists have documented this phenomena

For the first time, researchers have documented seasonal migrations of fishes across the deep seafloor, revealing an important insight that will further scientific understanding of the nature of our planet.

International
Advocacy

Interview: Sir David Attenborough on the lost world he grew up in

As he approaches his 94th birthday, Attenborough finds himself on a very different planet to the one he grew up on. We need to reconnect with nature, he tells Nick Rufford, for our own health - as well as the Earth’s

Coastwide
Waterways

Maritime supply chain concerns are voiced by the Federal Maritime Commission

The maritime industry has been deeply affected as a result of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus and its impacts to Chinese manufacturing and logistics services.

International
Science

Modification of natural landscapes and pandemics

Let us resolve to leave the standing forests and other natural landscapes alone and revisit the provisions of forest land diversion under the legal framework to minimise biodiversity loss and buffer humanity from zoonotic emerging infectious diseases.

International
Science

Australia - Awaiting the Evidence of Coral Bleaching to the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier reef is currently experiencing coral bleaching due to climate change.

International
Science

Australia - Great Barrier Reef hit by third mass bleaching event in five years

The third mass coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in five years is under way, with central and southern regions more badly affected than in the 2016 and 2017 events. Key tourist sites have been spared.

International
Tourism

Ghana - Tourism Authority Vows To Prosecute Beach Operators Who Continue To Operate

Government will prosecute beach operators who flout the directives of social distance, Mr Akwesi Agyemang, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has said.

International
Science

Underwater avalanches are trapping microplastics in the deep ocean

A collaborative research project between the Universities of Manchester, Utrecht, and Durham, and the National Oceanography Centre has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean.

Northeast
Science

CT - New research on the sand lance, 'a quintessential forage fish' for seabirds and marine mammals

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as "a quintessential forage fish" for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales, and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod, and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Video - Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn

Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display on the British Columbia coast.

Coastwide
Science

Scientist is saving corals by breeding them in the lab

Just off the coast of Singapore, a group of scientists huddles together in the warm ocean water as waves roll and crash around them.

International
Fisheries

Tagging data show that blue sharks are true globalists

You won't see a blue shark near the beach, but thanks to 50 years of tagging data, scientists are learning about their wide-ranging lives at sea.

International
Tourism

The Very Specific Reason We Shouldn’t Bail Out the Cruise Industry

Last week, I wrote that the appropriate economic response to the coronavirus crisis was to “bail out everyone,” including crippled industries like airlines and hotels. There is one notable exception to this rule, however.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Making the unseen seen with exxpedition

All-female expedition investigates ocean plastic pollution causes and solutions…

International
Science

Shell of bioluminescent shrimp not only glows but detects light

Surrounded by darkness, many deep-sea creatures emit light to help find prey or avoid predators. Scientists have long known that small organs called photophores are responsible for this bioluminescence. Now they’ve learned that photophores can also detect light, acting like rudimentary eyes all over the body.

International
Energy

Thirteen suspected Covid-19 cases on Taqa North Sea platforms

North Sea operator Taqa has confirmed more than a dozen suspected cases of Covid-19 across two of its assets.

International
Advocacy

Video - Dolphins Spotted Just Off Mumbai Coast, Apparently Due To Almost No Industrial Activity

Owing to Janta Curfew because of coronavirus, cities across the nation came to a halt. Even the city that never sleeps, slept peacefully - yes, Mumbai.

International
Science

Epigenetic inheritance: A 'silver bullet' against climate change?

The current pace of climate change exceeds historical events by 1-2 orders of magnitude, which will make it hard for organisms and ecosystems to adapt. For a long time, it has been assumed that adaptation was only possible by changes in the genetic makeup—the DNA base sequence. Recently, another information level of DNA, namely epigenetics, has come into focus.

International
Tourism

Holding back the tide - sea's advance threatens Tunisia's beaches

Nearly half of Tunisia's sandy beaches are threatened by coastal erosion: bad news for tourism, which accounts for 8% of the country's GDP

International
Engineering

BANGLADESH - Thousands suffer as drinking water crisis hits coastal areas

Hundreds of thousands of people living in coastal areas are reeling from acute drinking water shortage. Besides, indiscriminate extraction of groundwater for irrigation purposes is adding to this crisis. Illegal encroachment has stopped the water flow of a number of waterbodies across the country, spelling environment and ecological disaster.

Caribbean
Tourism

Cruise ships kept sailing as coronavirus spread. Travelers and health experts question why.

It was one of the first outbreaks of the coronavirus to capture global attention: For weeks in February, the cruise ship Diamond Princess was moored off the shore of Japan with hundreds of infected people aboard.

International
Tourism

Int'l - Waiting for disasters is a risky game

They say every cloud has a silver lining. So, does the pandemic that is wreaking havoc across the globe have one too? Unimaginably as it may seem, it does.

International
Energy

Int'l - Ocean energy production surges tenfold over last decade

Global ocean energy production has risen tenfold over the last decade, according to a report issued today by a leading ocean energy organisation.

International
Fisheries

AK - Imitation seafood producers push back against labeling

Genetically tweaked salmon that grows three times faster than normal fish ... fillets grown in labs from fish cells ... now plant-based seafoods such as "vegan shrimp," or "Toona" are gaining footholds in the marketplace — and confusing customers.

International
Federal

Scotland - Scotland’s Seaweed Showdown

Local legend has it that Beinn Ghobhlach mountain in the Scottish Highlands was once home to a witch. Resentful of sharing the area with people, she planned to cast a spell that would destroy the surrounding forests, making the land uninhabitable. Before she could unleash the destruction, an enraged god used his sword to split her and the mountain in half, saving the forests and the people who relied on them.

International
Engineering

Australia - A plan to use Hunter River sand to nourish Stockton Beach

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp has urged the state government to allow sand dredged from the Hunter River for the construction of the proposed Newcastle Gas Terminal project to be redirected to Stockton Beach.

International
Energy

UK - Oil giant Total dives into offshore wind with 'world's biggest' floating array

Near-100MW project to be brought online with Simply Blue Energy off Wales in 'mid-2020s' with aim to crack 50GW Celtic Sea play

International
Energy

Japan - Ørsted and TEPCO Establish JV for Offshore Wind in Choshi, Japan

TEPCO and Ørsted signed an MoU to establish a framework and organisational structure for the joint development of the Choshi Offshore Wind Project.

International
Engineering

The fight to save Bangkok from sinking into watery depths

A green basin, an urban farm and a floating home — the programme Insight explores the solutions being devised to keep climate change and floodwaters at bay in the Thai capital.

International
Science

Brand new shark(s), doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Two new species of sawsharks discovered in the West Indian Ocean reinforces how much we still don't know about life in the ocean and the impact climate change is having on it.

International
Tourism

Two Cruise Ships Swap Passengers to Solve Port Closure Challenges

In an example of the measures that cruise lines are taking as they wind down operations, the Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) vessels Columbus and Vasco da Gama swapped their European and Australian passengers at sea Wednesday so that all could return home.

International
Property

Under water? Banks play home loan lottery as insurers bail out

Only a year after losing their homes to floods in parts of Australia's north eastern coast of Queensland, people are moving into new houses built on or near the same plots. But while banks have been only too willing to offer them long-term loans at rates in line with the national average, insurance companies, who suffered insured losses of A$1.24 billion ($820 million) as a result of the Townsville floods, are more cautious.

International
Engineering

The Ocean Cleanup's 'Interceptor' Aims to Clean 1,000 Rivers in 5 Years. Will It Work?

It had rained all morning across Jakarta on the first Tuesday in February. The rivers in the Indonesian capital quickly filled up, carrying all kinds of debris toward the Java Sea. In one of the city's largest waterways, a Dutch-made device was trapping some of the trash to prevent it from washing out into the ocean.

International
Tourism

Cruise ship turned away from Asia ports amid coronavirus fears is no longer headed to Alaska

Holland America Line said Tuesday it will bring the Westerdam cruise ship to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, instead of Juneau after it had been turned away from several Asian ports over the coronavirus.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Coronavirus pandemic disrupts recycling sector

The global escalation of COVID-19 is hampering some North American recycling programs, impacting Chinese users of U.S. recovered fiber, constraining global shipping, denting stock prices and threatening an economic recession.

International
Engineering

Russia - Russia to Put New Dredgers into Operation

The average age of dredging fleet in Russia is 36 years and the country urgently needs to put new dredgers into operation, Gennady Egorov, director of the St. Petersburg-based Marine Engineering Bureau, said in a recent statement.

International
Engineering

India - Nourishment increases beachfront area in Vizag

The most frequented area in the city — the beachfront area — has increased significantly, thanks to the nourishment of eroded beaches undertaken by the Visakhapatnam Port Trust and the lull in the activity of tidal waves.

International
Energy

Germany - Schottel propulsion for German LNG-fueled research vessel

Germany-based Schottel has supplied the propulsion units for the country’s first seagoing government agency LNG-fueled vessel, the Atair.

International
Energy

UK - North Sea firms reduce offshore crews in bid to prevent coronavirus spread

Several North Sea operators are reducing offshore crews on their UK platforms in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

International
Energy

UK - Flights suspended to Total’s Culzean field amid suspected coronavirus case on Maersk rig

Flights have been temporarily suspended to one of the UK’s largest offshore gas fields after a suspected coronavirus case at an adjacent drilling rig.

International
Fisheries

Worldwide Octopus Market (2019 to 2025) - Increasing Global Consumption Driving the Market

Octopus is heavily consumed in countries like Spain and Italy in Southern Europe. However, the extensive supply of Octopus comes from countries such as Indonesia and Mexico. Octopus growth rates are relatively high and they also have a short life cycle, making them suitable for commercial aquaculture. The major producer of Octopus are; China and Japan. Globally, the importers of Octopus are; the United States, Italy, and Spain. According to this latest report, the Global Octopus Market is expected to reach 624,490 Metric Tons by the period of 2019 - 2025.

International
Energy

UK - Is tidal power on a collision course with marine wildlife?

As questions are asked about the impact of turbine blades on marine wildlife, scientists have developed a sophisticated fish collision model for the burgeoning tidal power industry.

International
Local

Jamaica - Rethinking Sargassum Seaweed: Could It Be the New Normal in Jamaica?

Blooms of smelly and unsightly sargassum seaweed have impacted the tourism industry across the Caribbean. Now, solutions must balance environmental factors and local livelihoods.

International
Tourism

End of the cruise? Industry struggles through rough waters of coronavirus crisis

One by one, major cruise lines are halting operations and mothballing ships as they face biggest challenge since 9/11

International
Science

UK - One Million ‘Wonder Plant’ Seedlings Are Planted in Wales to Fight Climate Crisis—and Create Healthy Seas

At a time when shallow seagrass meadows have disappeared from 92% of UK’s vast coastline, scientists have realized that this curious and gentle habitat is needed now, more than ever, to help reduce CO2-induced warming—and guard against potentially rising seas.

International
Energy

Scotland - Eight winners of Scottish Government funded floating wind competition

A 3D-printed anchor and self-charging mooring line monitoring device are among eight floating wind farm innovations unveiled as winners of a technology acceleration competition.

International
Science

Why study of oceans matters to Myanmar and India

The study of the oceans is crucial for countries such as India and Myanmar because it helps governments to predict and manage responses to climatic and ocean changes, particularly monsoon rains and drought, and the dangers posed by potentially deadly cyclones.

International
Advocacy

Sir David Attenborough warns against rush to mine seabed

Sir David Attenborough has called for a moratorium on deep-sea mining, warning that it “risks creating terrible impacts that cannot be reversed”.

International
Property

Are We Thinking About Climate Migration All Wrong?

Apocalyptic predictions may grab our attention, but they can also stoke xenophobia and miss the full picture of what’s happening on the ground

International
Property

UK - Climate change vigil over New Forest cliffs erosion

THE dramatic impact of storm surges and heavy winter rain on the local environment has prompted green groups to hold a coastal vigil this weekend to raise awareness of climate change.

International
Science

First Observations Of White Sharks Attacking A Live Humpback Whale

Sharks eating whales isn’t exactly new- it’s the circle of life, after all. But to date, white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) feeding events involving large whales have largely been described only in terms of observed scavenging events.

International
Fisheries

MX - US government expands vaquita-related Mexican seafood ban

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has expanded its ban on imports of shrimp and other seafood caught in the habitat of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, which lives in Mexican waters in the northern Gulf of California.

International
Engineering

Dutch see folly of past approach, seek to undo damage wrought by ambitious engineering

Special Report: This is the fifth installment of a Times-Picayune and Advocate series exploring how the Netherlands’ climate change adaptation strategies could be a model for the Louisiana coast. The series was produced in collaboration with WWNO New Orleans Public Radio and Climate Central, and is part of the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more information, go to pulitzercenter.org/connected-coastlines

International
Science

IR - The record-breaking power of storm waves at Aran

Research Lives: Prof Rónadh Cox, Edward Brust professor of geology and mineralogy, Williams College, Massachusetts and UCD School of Earth Sciences

International
Science

Coral reefs 'weathering' the pressure of globalization

Research links ENSO climate pattern to Southeast Asian coral reefs

International
Waterways

Commentary: Data shows maritime trade being restored

Time is the most precious commodity in any industry. Speed in obtaining raw data to identify trends is invaluable. It gives you time to plan. While economists and other market watchers waited until early March to see if China’s manufacturing plants were operating with the release of satellite air pollution data, those who followed the flow of trade were ahead of the game.

International
Tourism

UK - Britain's best coastal hotels

‘I am convinced the sea air always does good,’ declares Henrietta Musgrove in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Austen often poked fun at the Georgian notion of the sea as a source of bountiful health and healing; in many respects, it was the eighteenth century’s answer to today’s wellness fad.

International
Science

Canada - Coastal Restoration Fund Projects

As part of the third and final call for proposals under the Coastal Restoration Fund, more than $13 million in funding was provided for an additional 24 projects to help restore and protect aquatic ecosystems on Canada’s three coasts.

International
Recreation

Japan - Surf's up in Fukushima 9 years after nuclear accident

Every morning, come rain or shine, 64-year-old Koji Suzuki grabs his board and checks out the surf crashing onto the Fukushima coastline, some of the best rollers in Japan.

International
Science

Australia - Scientists try to turn down heat on turtle eggs to produce more males

Researchers are trying to pour cold water on the increasing number of female sea turtles being born due to rising temperatures.

International
Energy

Canada - Supreme Court rejects Trans Mountain legal challenges. So, what's next?

Cases regarding the pipeline’s impacts on endangered killer whales and Indigenous rights won’t be heard, but opponents of the project say its future is far from certain

International
Property

Vietnam - Master plan on sustainable development of sea-based economy

The Government has issued a resolution promulgating a master plan and a five-year plan on the implementation of the Party Central Committee’s resolution on the sustainable development of the Vietnamese sea-based economy until 2030 with a vision to 2045.

International
Advocacy

Your Favorite Beach Is Disappearing

The loss of our sandy shorelines is a warning from the future of our overheated planet.

International
Property

UK - Boris Johnson makes first visit to flood-hit community as cash for defences announced

Funding for flood defences is expected to be doubled to £5.2bn in the forthcoming Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said, as the Prime Minister paid his first visit to a flood-hit area since the recent storms.

International
Tourism

NZ - Keeping our beaches sandy

Sand is something we lie on, walk the dogs on, play cricket on – so many things come to mind when someone says sand, but how do our beaches and bays stay sandy?

International
Property

Int'l - From ancient Syracuse to Trump’s golf course, Europe is shrinking as sea levels encroach

At the Trump Doonbeg golf course on Ireland’s west coast, the ocean has been inching closer to a private bar overlooking the 18th hole. Since the links opened in 2002, waves crashing on the edge of the greens have swallowed about a meter of beach each year.

International
Science

Scientists say it is time to save the Red Sea's coral reef

Red Sea corals and especially corals of the Gulf of Aqaba in the northern Red Sea may be one of the last reefs to survive the century. Scientists estimate 70 to 90 percent of all coral reefs will disappear by mid-century, primarily as a result of climate change and pollution.

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