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Northeast
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CT - Connecticut's Shellfish Population Gets a Boost With State's First Restoration Guide

Over the past century, populations of shellfish on the East Coast—particularly of the native Eastern oyster—have declined to a fraction of their previous numbers due to overharvesting, water pollution, disease, and habitat destruction.

Coastwide
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USA - Yale Experts React to Major Federal Climate, Energy Investment

From clean electricity investment credit to environmental justice to funding for coastal ecosystem restoration, YSE faculty offer insight into how the Inflation Reduction Act may help us meet urgent environmental challenges — and where there’s still work to be done.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Guest commentary: Galveston Park Board right to seek decisive ruling on beach ownership

Beach renourishment benefits property owners, tourism, small businesses, the general public and residents. It creates jobs, raises the overall standard of living and protects our barrier island ecosystem. Lastly, it guarantees enjoyment by future generations.

International
Advocacy

AUS - 'Major barriers' to restoring Australia's degraded coastal ecosystems as scientists push for national plan

Many of Australia's coastal ecosystems, such as oyster reefs and kelp forests, are heavily degraded. New research has identified a series of barriers to critical restoration work, including a lack of funding. Scientists have called for a national road map to restore coastal ecosystems

International
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World - Chorus of skepticism grows at deep-sea mining negotiations

The International Seabed Authority, the intergovernmental body tasked with overseeing deep-sea mining in international waters, concluded its recent set of meetings, which ran from July 4 to Aug. 4, 2022.

Southeast
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USA - Can citizen scientists turn the tide against America’s toxic algal blooms?

Nearly every day, Florida resident Pradeepa Siva goes paddleboarding through Doctors Pass in Naples. The thin passageway between Moorings Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is home to a couple of friendly dolphins, which Siva often sees on her outings.

International
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OR - Share $3 million grant funds IMAX film on deep-sea ecology

More than a mile beneath the surface of the ocean lie some of the most expansive and least studied habitats on earth.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Louisiana coastal restoration needs more than disasters to fund work

Disaster funding – including penalties from Deepwater Horizon and other funding linked to extreme weather events – is fueling critical coastal protection and restoration.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Bringing sea otters back to Oregon faces ideological challenges

Restoring sea otters to the Oregon coast could aid in the fight against climate change, but opponents say maintaining status quo of local fisheries is more important.

International
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World - Pacific nations are extraordinarily rich in critical minerals. But mining them may take a terrible toll

Plundering the Pacific for its rich natural resources has a long pedigree. Think of the European companies strip-mining Nauru for its phosphate and leaving behind a moonscape.

International
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World - A green transition should prioritize the ocean’s carbon sinks over deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining can supply metals for a green transition, but a true green transition should protect the ocean’s blue carbon rather than open up a new resource frontier.

Northeast
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CT - Protecting Connecticut’s vulnerable shorebirds takes a community effort

On a slice of West Haven’s shoreline is a beach. But not the regular kind — here, people come to observe birds, not pitch umbrellas.

International
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World - The blue economy is a historic opportunity. Here’s how we seize it

When it comes to the Ocean, the 20th century’s “extract and earn” philosophy is finished. Widespread plastic pollution, depleting resources, acidifying waters and expansive dead zones mean we must forge a new path. The only way forward is circular and sustainable.

Southeast
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SC - News spotlight: Gullah Geechee people look to nature to save their coastlines — and culture

Spanning from Jacksonville, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla., the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is home to many descendants of West and Central African people who were enslaved and bought to this region in the 18th century.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Trying to Tame the Islands That Won’t Stay Put

North Carolina’s Outer Banks area is a famed vacation spot, but its islands are always on the move; as sea levels rise and storms strengthen, engineers are battling to keep island communities from washing away.

International
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World - Pacific nations are extraordinarily rich in critical minerals. But mining them may take a terrible toll

Plundering the Pacific for its rich natural resources has a long pedigree. Think of the European companies strip-mining Nauru for its phosphate and leaving behind a moonscape.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Tx - Climate change threatens Texas brown pelican habitat

The species has had a troubled history with insecticides. Now climate change and sea level rise are affecting its habitat in Texas.

West Coast
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CA - Onslaught of Tijuana Sewage Heads for San Diego Coastline

Two sewage line breaks on the Tijuana side of the U.S.-Mexico border sent contaminated water toward the Tijuana River beginning Sunday morning.

International
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World - No Support for Deep-Sea Mining Without Regulatory Framework

Jamaica will not support deep-sea mining in the International Seabed Area without a suitable regulatory framework being in place, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.

International
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World - How private corporations stole the sea from the commons

For most of human history, the oceans have been seen as a global commons, the benefits and resources of which belong to us all in equal measure. But our seas – and the marine environment as a whole – are being ravaged by exploitation for corporate profit. The result is a social, economic and ecological crisis that threatens the very life support system of the Earth.

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - ‘Better off flipping a coin’: Beach advocacy organization wants state review of water quality flagging accuracy

A beach advocacy organization is calling on Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders to direct the state Department of Public Health to review water quality flagging accuracy for all ocean beaches in the state, arguing the system used to broadcast if water is safe to swim in is “fundamentally flawed.”

International
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CAN - How the blue economy will shape the future of Canada's oceans — and its coastal communities

The words “blue economy” will soon shape the future of Canada’s oceans, from the fiords and straits of British Columbia to the rugged coastlines of the Atlantic to the vast seascapes of the Arctic.

Northeast
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MA - Trustees deep six beach plan

After heavy criticism, The Trustees of Reservations announced Thursday afternoon it was withdrawing a draft beach management plan that placed significant restrictions on over sand vehicles (OSV) and dogs.

International
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CAN - In the fight over Nova Scotia’s shores, Owl’s Head’s protectors push against the rising tide of development

Across Nova Scotia, conflicts over who owns the shore are increasing as coveted and costly waterfront property runs out

International
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S.A. - 'A Tsunami of Human Waste' — Half of South Africa's Sewage Treatment Works Are Failing

More than 20 million liters of essentially raw sewage is pumped out to sea every day through the Green Point marine outfall pipe, situated at Mouille Point. Studies have shown antibiotics and other chemical compounds contained in the sewage are accumulating in marine organisms and can also be found in the wet sand on Cape Town’s Atlantic Ocean beaches.