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International
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World - Deep impact: the underwater photographers bringing the ocean’s silent struggle to life

Kerim Sabuncuoğlu – just one winner in this year’s Ocean photography awards – tells the story behind his picture of a moray eel that also shows the wider perils of ‘ghost fishing’

Southeast
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FL - Florida Seeks Public Input on How to Manage New Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Florida created the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve last year to conserve more than 700 square miles of coastal habitat north of Tampa and give the public a healthy outdoor space for both recreation and tourism businesses. Now the Sunshine State is giving the public a chance to weigh in on the best ways to manage the area.

International
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World - Scooping Plastic Out of the Ocean Is a Losing Game

Open ocean cleanups won’t solve the marine plastics crisis. To really make a difference, here’s what we should do instead.

International
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Mexico - Mexico's Mesoamerican Barrier reef is now being protected with insurance

Insurers are working with governments, NGOs and the private sector to build the business case for nature-led solutions that protect our environment.

Mid-Atlantic
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MD - $15 million program to strengthen Chesapeake Bay preservation

A new $15 million initiative will provide a boost to Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts by creating a new grant for habitat restoration.

Coastwide
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World - Vital role of ocean in upcoming COP 26 highlighted by world leaders as UN Global Compact launches Ocean Stewardship Coalition

New ‘Ocean Stewardship Coalition’ will scale up the global impact of ocean business to meet the urgency of climate crisis and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - JAMES CARVILLE: Louisiana passed a major test during Hurricane Ida's onslaught

The state’s coastal authority chairman Chip Kline said it best: “No levee overtopping, no levee failures, no levee breaches — so a very different picture on the ground today after Hurricane Ida, compared to the picture we saw on the ground, following Hurricane Katrina. And that is thanks to the federal investment of $14 billion around the Greater New Orleans area.”

Southeast
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FL - Red tide and algae blooms: Florida waters in crisis

Fixing Florida's water crisis: The question many people are asking ask how much dead fish, manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles will it take to get comprehensive reform and action?

Coastwide
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US - Commentary: Don't dismiss hurricane's trauma if you haven't lived through it

Hurricane Hugo changed my life forever. When I saw the sun rise again the day after, the morning of Sept. 22, 1989, I was surprised to be alive.

Southeast
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SC - Editorial: Charleston gets some answers on a peninsula barrier but still needs many more

Some big questions have been clarified since April 2020, when the Army Corps of Engineers first unveiled plans for an 8-mile-long wall around peninsular Charleston to help protect the historic city from a hurricane’s storm surge. But many important ones have not, and we must continue to seek answers.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Juneau Assembly repeals unenforceable coastal management ordinance

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau assembly voted in favor of repealing a legally unenforceable ordinance regarding coastal protection regulations, which heavily relied on a repealed state law called the Alaska Costal Management Act.

Coastwide
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NCCOS Partners with OCM to Host Coastal Management Fellows

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) has announced the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Coastal Management and Digital Coast fellowships request for proposals.

West Coast
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CA - ‘Save Trestles’ Advanced Surf Break and Coastal Protection Efforts Everywhere

There is no more intensely surfed zone in all of Southern California, which is why San Onofre State Beach is one of the most popular state parks in the Golden State.

West Coast
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CA - Op-Ed | National Park Service Capitulated To Point Reyes Ranchers

The final Record of Decision (ROD) on livestock operations management at Point Reyes National Seashore was released this week. Unfortunately, and as feared, it not only maintains the ongoing degradation of this national park unit by privately owned domestic livestock, but it expands the opportunities for a handful of ranchers to do even more damage to the public’s landscape with additional lands opened for grazing, as well as the planting of row crops.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Conservation Groups Intend to Sue Grand Wailea Resort for “Bright Light” Impacts

Conservation groups in Hawai‘i represented by Earthjustice sent a notice of intent to sue the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui for alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act if the hotel does not fix lights that the groups says are impacting native seabirds.

Northeast
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ME - Maine won't sue over right whale restrictions, but isn't giving up fight

Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher told lawmakers that the state doesn't have a viable case but will pursue other legal options.

West Coast
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CA - Point Reyes cattle ranchers win victory in Marin County, can remain national park

Cattle ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, long a flashpoint for environmental groups, is being green lighted to continue in a National Park Service decision.

International
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India - Addressing the climate crisis through deep seabed mining is one step forward and three steps back

International interest in seabed mining has been stoked partly by new advances in robotics, computer mapping and underwater drilling. Mining companies globally are said to be scouring for fresh reserves, having depleted much of the world's easy-to-access veins. But a section of experts warns that deep-sea mining would have “catastrophic impacts”.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - From Extraction to Sustainability: Oregon’s Southern Coast and the Emerging Blue Economy

From the fishing industry, and the scientific community, to the local Tribe, diverse stakeholders are coming together to chart the course for a sustainable local economy with a global outlook on the environment.

Caribbean
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Caribbean - Barbados Seeks to Lead in Protecting Coastal Waters and the High Seas

Minister of maritime affairs discusses critical importance of ocean conservation to island nations and economies

International
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World - Conservation body calls for global moratorium on deep-sea mining

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Environment officials and campaigners have called for a global moratorium on deep-sea mining and on issuing new exploration contracts unless marine ecosystems can be effectively protected.

Northeast
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RI - How a Block Island marina dispute fractured trust in R.I. coastal agency

Control of Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline is contentious, and hotly debated questions often fall to the Coastal Resources Management Council. Critics say the council is not accountable to the public. When the CRMC last year went into private mediation with a marina owner, it fueled further questions about the agency’s transparency.

Coastwide
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World - Mangrove Restoration Frustration

These coastal ecosystems are carbon sinks and coastline protectors, and we know how to restore them. Why have we been doing it the wrong way?

International
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TW - Repairing the Ruins of Modernity: The Case of the Taitung Miramar Resort

The construction puts on full display the hubris of its planners, who either seem to have grossly underestimated the importance of the ecology of Shanyuan bay, or simply ignored it, knowing that much of the environmental damage associated with the resort could be externalized anyway.