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USA - Watchdog Accuses Trump's NOAA of 'Choosing Extinction' for Critically Threatened Right Whales by Hiding Scientific Evidence

"The North Atlantic right whale is the world's first large whale species nearing extinction. Its extinction is entirely preventable."

Northeast
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NY - In Montauk, a Small Organization With a Big Reach

The physical and cultural landscapes of Montauk have been evolving for decades, as shifts in the environment and social scene have wrought even more changes at what seems like a faster and faster rate.

Coastwide
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USA - Conservation Group Sues Over Changes to Coastal Dredge Rules

MANHATTAN (CN) — Amid an Atlantic hurricane season expected to be more active than normal, an environmental group claims the Trump administration illegally loosened longstanding rules protecting coastal barriers to allow beachfront developments to take sand from vulnerable areas.

International
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BR - Brazil could dynamite Amazon dolphin, turtle habitat for industrial waterway

Brazil plans to excavate and dredge many millions of cubic meters of material, including the ecologically sensitive Lourencão Rocks, to create an industrial shipping channel on the Tocantins River in the Amazon. This article includes rarely seen video images of some of the endemic and threatened fish living in the Tocantins River rapids.

Southeast
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FL - Group tries to halt dredging of Big Pass in Sarasota

The restraining order request comes just days before the Lido Key renourishment project is set to begin.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Agreement Reached To Protect Dwindling Shark Species

Thousands of oceanic whitetip sharks have died in commercial fishing off Hawaii. Now, WESPAC will have to devise a plan to better protect them.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

Canada - B.C. First Nations leaders want immediate end to open-net salmon farms

A First Nations leadership alliance is calling for the immediate end to salmon farming using open-net pens in B.C. waters, citing the threat of sea lice to wild fish stocks.

Northeast
Advocacy

ME - Pew Charitable Trusts petition asks to close areas to lobster fishing

ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources held its first “virtual” zone council meeting last Thursday andCommissioner Patrick Keliher had an unanticipated and unsettling piece of news for the Zone C and Zone D lobstermen.

International
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EU - More protection for our seas and oceans is needed, European Union report finds

BRUSSELS - The Commission adopted today a report on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which reveals that, while the EU's framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious worldwide, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic litter, and other types of pollution as well as unsustainable fishing. This message is further reinforced in the European Environment Agency's “Marine Messages II” also published today.

Coastwide
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USA - Change Coming to the Whole World of Real Estate & Leisure Time Facilities

Dan Martin, Host of the NextGen Waterfronts podcast on ASPN, lays out the potential consequences of our fast changing world in the age of COVID-19. This wide-ranging prognostication extends beyond coastal issues to address a broader context faced by all Americans. Well worth the read

International
Advocacy

UK - Surfers Against Sewage #ReturnToOffender campaign exposes top 12 plastic polluters

UK marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has released the results of its #ReturnToOffender digital clean-up campaign, revealing the UK’s top 12 plastic polluters.

International
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WORLD - CEOs admit they aren't prepared for climate change – FM Global report

More than three-quarters of CEOs and CFOs at the world’s largest companies say their firms aren’t prepared for the adverse financial impact of climate change, according to a new study commissioned by FM Global.

Coastwide
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USA - Local, State, and Federal Experts Highlight Need for Increased Investment in Flood Mitigation

Webinar panelists cite successes and challenges in protecting communities from increasing disaster risks

Gulf of Mexico
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TX/LA - ‘Cancer Alley’ Among Worst Areas for Chemical Risks, Groups Say

Poor Texas and Louisiana communities, many of them Black, have higher-than-average exposures to 15 of 20 chemicals that the EPA is analyzing, groups in the two states told the agency.

West Coast
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CA - Surfing confronts sport's racist past after George Floyd's death

"Behind the aloha vibe was the other vibe — a locals-only, whites-only vibe,” said Sharon Schaffer, the first African American female pro in the U.S.

International
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Ireland/Wales - Showcase Coastal lives & Impact of Climate Change

Coastal Communities are the focus this week on the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series. The Marine Institute and partners are celebrating our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea in a 10-week series, sharing news and offering online interactive activities, videos and downloadable resources on a new marine topic each week

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Why a Norfolk nonprofit is moving to a flood zone

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As sea level rise has threatened homes and businesses in cities around the country, the philosophy has shifted from fighting the water to either living with it or retreating.

Northeast
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MA - 3 white sharks tagged off Cape Cod: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy begins summer research this week

The peak for shark activity along the waters off Massachusetts begins in August, but the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy began its summer research examining them Wednesday.

Coastwide
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MA - SeaAhead and New England Aquarium announce launch of BlueSwell Incubator Program

Applications now open for innovators looking to bring ocean sustainability solutions out of the lab

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Newest Salish Sea Stewards at the ready — and waiting

The popular volunteer training program that prepares participants for summer beach, boat and education work was held remotely this year due to the pandemic.

International
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World - The Bumble Bee Seafood Company Announces Acceleration of Its Sustainability Efforts

The Bumble Bee Seafood Company today announced a $40 million commitment over the next five years toward efforts that will further restore and protect the health of the world’s oceans.

Caribbean
Advocacy

USVI - Four-part Op-Ed Series on the Structural Issues Facing the U.S. Virgin Islands,

A four-part series of OP-EDs by Lloyd Gardner about the larger structural issues facing the Virgin Islands, with the aim of spurring more public conversation and mobilizing the community around agreed solutions.

International
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WORLD - Now is the time to address the climate change challenge: Jeworrek, Munich Re

Torsten Jeworrek, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reinsurance at Munich Re, has said that now is the time to “finally and consistently” address the climate change challenge.

Arctic & Antarctica
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AK - Troubled Tundra

Will the wild, still beauty of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — which turns 60 this year — outlive our busy meddling?

International
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New Zealand - Conservation concerns over Northport proposal

What would shifting much of Auckland’s freight shipping operation do to Whangārei’s harbour? Conservationists say the risks are like throwing dice for the marine ecosystem.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Land conservancy awarded $2.1M to help create Rainforest Reserve

An area of the northern Oregon Coast characterized by scientists the “Galapagos Islands of Oregon” moved a big step closer to permanent conservation Thursday, June 11, with announcement of a $2,128,079 grant awarded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC). With this grant, the nonprofit land trust has raised a total of $8.1 million and is now launching a campaign to raise the final $1.9 million needed to complete this landmark project with help from the community.

International
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Europe - An idea whose time has come: Green Politics

As the world forages wide and digs deeper to discover the origin of the latest Public Enemy Number One, the widely believed conjecture among the public is that it originated from a wet market in Huanan, China. Scientists across the world are having a tough time finding the exact source of the virus, and world leaders are demanding a probe to look into its origins. Still, the zoonotic origin of the virus holds firm ground. Whether it was a horseshoe bat, a civet cat or a pangolin is a mystery yet to unravel.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Bob Marshall: If Louisiana were a patient, coastal loss would be our fatal disease

So far your GOP delegations in Baton Rouge and Washington have fought almost every effort to address emissions and increase fees from industry. There is nothing incongruent with being pro-life, pro-business and pro-environment, especially when the survival of our lives and businesses here depend on fixing this problem.

Coastwide
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USA - Birthday Greetings from Lesley Ewing, host of ASPN's Shorewords Podcast: It's Time to Act

Lesley Ewing's Shorewords Podcast covers coastal books, literature, and adventure. Like many of us, she has been thinking about the events of the day. Get behind the mic and meet Lesley as she shares how she sees current events and how she plans to respond.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Formosa Plastics Opponents Ask Louisiana Governor to Veto Bill Over Harsh Sentencing Concerns

On Friday, June 12, Louisiana's Democratic governor John Bel Edwards is expected to sign off on a piece of legislation, House Bill 197, that would make it a more serious crime to trespass on Louisiana's so-called “critical infrastructure,” including the state's system of flood-control levees, fossil fuel pipelines, and sprawling network of petrochemical plants and refineries.

Coastwide
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World - Seagrass meadows can help communities hit hard by pandemic

Seagrass meadows can be a powerful nature-based climate solution and help sustain communities hard-hit by stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but these important ecosystems continue to decline

International
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World - 7 ways to clean up plastic and other ocean pollution simultaneously

Protecting human and marine health and harnessing the full benefits of a sustainable ocean economy will require not only reducing plastic waste, but also all ocean pollutants. The sundry pollutants making their way into the ocean often share common pathways and root causes, such as a lack of access to sanitation and wastewater processing or inefficient use of natural resources. Tackling these root causes can have a compounding effect.

Coastwide
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USA - Local Expert Weighs In On ‘Better Way’ with Agricultural wetlands

Guest Column on nutrient loss, nutrient trading and constructed agriculture wetlands

International
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New Zealand - Dodging disaster with climate disclosure

Covid-19 has taught us a lot. One of those lessons has been our capacity as government, business and society to respond together and quash a threat on our lives and livelihoods. And so it should be with climate change.

International
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Canada - 'Our culture is powerful and strong,' Indigenous song-and-dance group Coastal Wolf Pack says

June is National Indigenous History Month. It is a time for all Canadians — Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomers — to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. Throughout the month of June, CityNews will profile Indigenous people, and share their stories and voices, so that we can celebrate the difference they have made in their communities and to our country.

International
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Europe - Beaches steadily getting cleaner – report

Water quality at Europe's beaches has steadily improved in recent years, with the vast majority boasting excellent quality, a new report said Monday, June 8.

Coastwide
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World - Our resilient ocean can help revitalize our economy

Our ocean is vulnerable, just as we are in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. And like us, it is also resilient.

West Coast
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CA - Port to Begin 'Replenishing' Sand at Kellogg Beach in Point Loma June 8 – Where's the Sand Coming From?

UPDATE: Tracy Spahr – Public & Media Relations Principal, Marketing & Communications for the Port, responded: “The Port reviewed a variety of sands and selected a sand of a quality, color and texture that closely matches the current sand at Kellogg Beach. The sand will be coming from East County Sand, LLC based in Lakeside, CA. The Port also received a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a water quality certification from the Regional Water Quality Control Board for this project.

Northeast
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MA - Humpback whale disentangled by Center for Coastal Studies team for the second time

Staff from the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) team disentangled a humpback whale 15 miles east of Cape Cod yesterday. This is the second time the young whale, identified as the 2015 calf of Jabiru, has been disentangled by the team in less than a year.

Coastwide
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USA - Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now

The pandemic has added urgency to the national dialogue on the role of parks and public spaces as essential civic infrastructure. As schools, businesses, churches and other institutions closed, park and trail use surged as one of the last public places to support our physical and mental health with ample leeway for social distancing. Not all cities are so fortunate to have spaces for people to safely meet-up, exercise, get fresh air, find access to nature, and feel normal again. Parks and trails are more important than ever. And there is new legislation in the wings to help.

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Sand artist joins initiative to restore Fort Myers Beach Arches

A world famous sand artist will be creating designs across Fort Myers Beach this week. A local group brought in Boyd the Sand Artist hoping more people would join their cause to rebuild stone arches that once welcomed visitors to the beach.