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Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Activists Find Evidence of Formosa Plant in Texas Still Releasing Plastic Pollution Despite $50 Million Settlement

On the afternoon of January 15, activist Diane Wilson kicked off a San Antonio Estuary Waterkeeper meeting on the side of the road across from a Formosa plastics manufacturing plant in Point Comfort, Texas. After Wilson and the waterkeeper successfully sued Formosa, the company agreed to no longer release even one of the tiny plastic pellets known as nurdles into the region’s waterways.

International
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Australia - Fertilizer run-off tracked to save Reef

Queensland farmers will be able to use their smartphones to track in real-time how much fertiliser is washing off their crops and polluting the Great Barrier Reef.

International
Advocacy

UK - Sir David Attenborough warns of climate 'crisis moment'

"The moment of crisis has come" in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

International
Advocacy

Southeast Asia - Sand Mining in the Mekong River Poses Danger for Its Riverbanks

Mekong river is Southeast Asia's largest river, measuring up to 4,800 kilometers and bridging the countries of Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam up to the Tibetan plateau. The Mekong river is an important body of water as it provides livelihood to the people of these countries at the same time, its 800,000 square kilometer river basin is home to different species of plants and animals.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - The Salmon Sisters of Alaska are Fighting for a Healthy, Sustainable Fish Future

Claire Neaton and Emma Privat are supporting their community by protecting a way of life and Alaskan salmon.

International
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India - India wants more Blue Flag beaches, set to identify 20 sites for the voluntary eco-label

Modi govt identified 13 pilot beaches in July 2019 for voluntary eco-label Blue Flag. Ten of these sites are likely to be sent for certification soon.

International
Advocacy

UK - Suffolk coastal wind farm plans opposed by county council

Proposals for two offshore wind farms have been opposed by councillors concerned that substations will damage the look of a conservation area.

Southeast
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FL - As Seas Rise, a Florida Keys 'Ghost Forest' Makes A Last Stand

On a stretch of the Lower Keys, near an old borrow pit quarried during the construction of Big Pine, sea water and mud cover much of the rocky ground.

International
Advocacy

India - Green activists against sea wall at Versova beach

Environment groups have opposed the ongoing work on a 12-foot-high anti-erosion wall at Versova beach on the grounds that it comes under coastal regulation zone (CRZ) 1, where construction is not permitted.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

IN - Proposed state law would limit public access to Lake Michigan beaches

A landmark 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the shoreline of Lake Michigan is owned by the state and held in trust for use by all Hoosiers could be undone by legislation set for a hearing Monday in the House Judiciary Committee.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Habitat Restoration in the Coast Timber Cove Resort

In partnership with The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, a non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa/Windsor, Timber Cove Resort removed 26,000 sq. ft. of non-native, invasive iceplant and replanted with native shrubs and seeds. This area was on the property's cove section of the hotel landscape. The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship not only provided the biological expertise for this project, but also promotes educational opportunities and works withdisadvantaged youth on the project.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - OBX Surfrider leaders seek changing of the guard

After 15 years in leadership roles in the Outer Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Matt Walker and Ivy Ingram are stepping down from their positions as co-chairs.

International
Advocacy

NZ - Vehicles could be restricted at Oreti Beach to protect toheroa

Vehicles could be restricted from Invercargill's Oreti Beach to save the vulnerable toheroa population.

International
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NZ - Environmentalists face abuse after Marlborough coast vehicle ban plan

Conservationists fighting to protect Marlborough beaches from vehicles say people abusing them should talk to the decision makers instead.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

OR - Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town

TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. — A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world's biggest tech companies.

International
Advocacy

Citizen Sea: Northern Ireland's First Boat-Based Environmental Charity

If you go down the ramp to the pontoons in Bangor Marina you couldn’t miss the impressive vessel sitting to your right. She’s the Seabird, Northern Ireland’s first sea-going boat-based environmental charity known as 'Citizen Sea', supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council and Bangor Marina.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Bill filed to repeal HB 631, controversial beach access law

South Florida Legislator Evan Jenne calls controversial law created through passage of HB 631 “a wildly unpopular law.”

Gulf of Mexico
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FL - Fences are blocking beach access on this part of Anna Maria Island. Blame the moon

Beachgoers and homeowners on Anna Maria Island beachfront property are clashing over rope fences that make it harder for visitors to walk along the beach.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

FL - Beach fight brings out worst on both sides

Retaliation, rather than reconciliation, has prevailed in the conflict over public beach access at N. Shell Road on Siesta Key.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

OR - Facebook cable plan hits resistance in Oregon coastal town

A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world's biggest tech companies.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - Louisiana setting rules for island where pelicans nest

Louisiana is setting rules for a barrier island that's being restored to greatly increase the number of pelicans and other seabirds that can nest there.

Coastwide
Advocacy

UT - Trout eggs placed in classrooms to raise and release into area fisheries

Tyler Coleman, a volunteer for Trout Unlimited, took a paper cup with trout eggs to the Center for Creativity, Innovation & Discovery Tuesday afternoon and put them in a basket in a large aquarium.

International
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Scotland - The Scottish government is funding a £750,000 project to track the migration of wild salmon smolt on Scotland’s west coast.

The measure was revealed last night following a meeting at Holyrood between politicians and wild fisheries representatives.

International
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Palau begins implementation of huge marine reserve

The New Year ushered in Palau’s much-touted environmental law, creating a marine sanctuary which will close 80 percent of Palau’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to fishing and all other extractive activities such as mining, shark-finning, and transshipment – creating one of the largest marine protected areas in the world.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - New Audubon site shows bird decline on Treasure Coast, nationally from climate change

In a world more than 5 degrees warmer, the wood thrush likely would never fly this far south to sing its flute-like songs in Florida. And fat chance of ever hearing the staccato pecks of a red-headed woodpecker.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - California sues Silicon Valley billionaire over Martins Beach public access

California officials on Monday sued a Silicon Valley billionaire who has fought for more than a decade to keep a popular beach to himself — a move to end one of the most intense and high-profile public access battles in the state

West Coast
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CA - Going Big with Marine Conservation

In the first days of 2020, the Pacific Ocean archipelago nation of Palau took the momentous step of protecting 80% — 500,000 square kilometers — of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from fishing. The move is at once a cultural tradition, a far-sighted strategy for future generations and an example of the level of conservation needed to protect ocean biodiversity and habitat.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Expansion Under Review

Proposed expansion will provide protection for prime aquatic habitat surrounding McNeil Island and south Key Peninsula.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Why a college student who doesn’t surf is trying to reboot a Mavericks contest

Elizabeth Cresson, a Bay Area native attending Georgetown, is latest to take on Mavericks surf contest

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Nonprofit organization works to restore local waterway

The Back Bay Restoration Foundation was founded 33 years ago amidst concerns that the watershed was deteriorating.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA: Land trust saves half-mile stretch of Whidbey Island beach from development

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s 54-acre Possession Sound Preserve will open to the public in 2020.

Coastwide
Advocacy

2019: The Year Climate Litigation Hit High Gear

One of the busiest years yet for climate litigation, 2019 was highlighted by favorable decisions handed down by some of the world’s highest courts.

Northeast
Advocacy

RI - Keeley, a shoreline access advocate, to run for town council

CHARLESTOWN — After receiving a $25,000 settlement in his lawsuit against the town of South Kingstown and South Kingstown Police, Charlestown resident and shoreline rights advocate Scott Keeley now intends to run for a seat on the Charlestown Town Council in November 2020.

International
Advocacy

How to survive a shipwreck: A sea level rise story

There are many lessons climate scientists can learn from mātauranga Māori. Lesson one is: don’t panic.

Northeast
Advocacy

Study targets public’s views about seals

On any summer day there are tourists at the Chatham fish pier who love seeing “adorable” seals cavort around the fishing vessels. There are also fishermen who have lost part of their catch to those seals.

International
Advocacy

Oil Spill Occurs in the Galapagos Islands; Emergency Declared

One of the most worrisome types of environmental emergencies is an oil spill in the open ocean, due to the potential for the oil to kill wildlife, contaminate water and permanently damage coral reefs. Because of the nature of these emergencies, it is particularly important for authorities to handle an oil spill swiftly in order to prevent further damage to the environment.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Surfrider Foundation teams up once again with Carolina Beach to rebuild dunes with Christmas Trees

The Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has partnered once again with the Town of Carolina Beach in their annual effort to help rebuild the dunes.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

MD: Previously private portion of Beverly Beach to open to the public on Jan. 1

At the end of the year a lease between the Beverly Beach Community Association and Anne Arundel County will end and about 7 acres of bayside land will be open to the public again, after more than three decades as private property.

Southeast
Advocacy

Sea World Orlando to change killer whale show in 2020

SeaWorld Orlando says it will begin 2020 by changing its centerpiece killer-whale show.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Hollister Ranch Settlement Agreement Ruled Invalid and Unenforceable

The campaign to obtain responsible public coastal access to the beaches by Hollister Ranch secured a significant victory last week with Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Colleen Sterne’s ruling that invalidated a 2017 Settlement Agreement that purported to extinguish all public rights under a contested 1982 public access easement.

Coastwide
Advocacy

New women in aquaculture mentoring programme launched

Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) have kicked off a series of Scottish Government-supported diversity initiatives with the launch of a new mentoring programme.

Southeast
Advocacy

Charleston has worst plastic pellet pollution found to date on East Coast, researcher says

Charleston has the highest measured concentration of spilled plastic pellets anywhere outside of the Gulf of Mexico, where they’re produced, according to a Texas academic who spearheaded study into the pollution.

International
Advocacy

How the Pacific Region Paved the Path to Successful Shark Conservation

A decade of conservation changed a species’ image from villain to vulnerable

Coastwide
Advocacy

Orca grandmothers, carbon powerhouses, rare bird soars: 3 stories you may have missed in 2019

News about conservation and the environment is made every day, but some of it can fly under the radar. In a recurring feature, Conservation News shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Earth Day Opportunity for Hawai‘i High School Students

The 50th anniversary of International Earth Day is coming up in April, and Hawai‘i high school students have an opportunity to participate in a unique way.

International
Advocacy

Scotland - Warning that kelp dredging trials could trigger ‘environmental destruction’

A Scottish Government programme envisaging trials for seaweed dredging around the coast of Scotland has re-awakened fears for the future of “precious” underwater kelp forests.

International
Advocacy

History’s Greatest Sea Is Dying

The failure of countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean helps explain the difficulty of carrying out successful climate-change negotiations.

Northeast
Advocacy

RI - Shore access case settled for $25,000, but the issue is still in the weeds

A shoreline rights advocate arrested in June while collecting seaweed on the beach in front of private homes in South Kingstown has settled his federal lawsuit against the town and the police department.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Five of the biggest environmental, climate change stories over the last decade

Dire warnings on climate change from scientists warning about more severe consequences and less time to stop them.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Comment: The Green New Deal has a big blue gap

Only passing concern is shown for the world’s oceans and ignores their part in confronting climate change.

International
Advocacy

UK: Plans for 'coastal conservation centre' lodged for land near iconic Souter Lighthouse

Earlier this year, the National Trust submitted proposals for a new development beside the Grade-II listed Souter Lighthouse

Caribbean
Advocacy

Fish are disappearing from Biscayne National Park. Is state doing enough to stop decline?

Martin Arostegui scans the ocean floor as he snorkels above a patch reef just east of the Ragged Keys. Spear gun in hand — just in case; he had a close encounter with a bull shark here once — the retired doctor looks for fish. Any fish.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA: What's the key to helping southern sea otter?

The picture of sea otters frolicking among kelp beds and rocky shoals has become an iconic image of the California coastline. But it may be drawing attention away from the value of other habitat that could truly help the endangered species in its recovery - estuaries.

International
Advocacy

Changing The "Conversation" on the Ocean Environment - Science & Art Combined For Multi-media Exhibition

Combined impacts of sea-level rise, intensification of maritime transport, depletion of coastal ecosystems and deep-sea mining are the theme of a new exhibition planned for the Italian city of Venice which aims to change the conversation about the ocean environment writes Lorna Siggins.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Clock ticking for northern right whale

A migrating whale that cruises through South Carolina waters is being killed at 10 times the rate its population can sustain, largely due to vessel-strikes and commercial fishery entanglements, experts say.

International
Advocacy

Boom in seahorse poaching spells bust for Italy’s coastal habitats

Every night, dozens of wooden boats loaded with fishing equipment pass under the Punta Penna bridge and into the protected waters of the Mar Piccolo, a unique saltwater lagoon in the southern Italian port city of Taranto.

International
Advocacy

Ending plastic waste on islands

The Dutch company Searious Business and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are taking action against the increasing heaps of plastic waste on islands. The partners are jointly launching the "Plastic-Waste-Free Islands" initiative. Searious Business, which codeveloped the plan, wants to make participating islands virtually waste-free in two years; the company is committed to realize systemic change. This partnership received support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), with an injection of over six million euros.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Can humanity rise to the challenge of finding just solutions to the threat of coastal erosion?

How long will the fight last? Water is eroding land all over the world, threatening people’s lives and livelihoods, especially those living along the coastline. According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the oceans and cryosphere in a changing climate, sea levels, globally, are expected to rise by between 0.61 and 1.1 metres by 2100 – as a combined result of melting icecaps and waters expanding as their temperatures rise. In addition to the plight of the island nations disappearing beneath the waves, as in the Pacific, all low-lying communities near the sea are at risk, particularly from coastal flooding after major weather events.

Southeast
Advocacy

Climate emergency in Miami: large-scale protest march planned during Art Basel fair

With Miami Beach predicted to be 30% underwater by 2045, the convention centre where the fair currently takes place could soon become an island

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

PNW State of the Sound: New report indicates additional marine stress

On the surface, the Salish Sea looks beautiful, but it is in grave trouble. Southern Resident orcas, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and many other species are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals continue to pollute our waterways. Shellfish beds are routinely closed to commercial and recreational harvest due to fecal contamination. More indicators point in the direction of continued decay than in the direction of recovery, but the picture is not entirely without hope.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Rainforest Trust: On Wildlife Conservation Day, We’re Thinking About Fishing

In 2012, the State Department of the United States declared December 4 “Wildlife Conservation Day.” They wanted to highlight wildlife trafficking and illegal trade — and recognize the important work of conservationists around the world.

Southeast
Advocacy

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water.

International
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UK: Montrose pupils lead launch of blue carbon citizen science project

Primary pupils have stepped onto the saltmarshes of Montrose Basin to spearhead a St Andrews University-led climate change mapping project.

International
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India: Beached in Goa

On July 2 this year, two olive ridley turtles were found entangled in fishing nets at Cavelossim, a village in south Goa. “I was there on duty at the time,” recalled Shankar Parekar, a lifeguard. “I called more guards for help and using a pair of scissors and a knife, we cut the nets. Once the forest department’s permission came through, we released the turtles back in the water,” he said.

International
Advocacy

Mexico - Battle shaping up in Quintana Roo over hotels’ restricting access to beaches

A battle is brewing over public access to beaches in Quintana Roo on Mexico's booming Yucatan Peninsula

International
Advocacy

Australia - High Court to determine Aboriginal right to exclude public from popular camping beaches

The Federal Court of Australia has already decided that beaches north of Broome are the exclusive possession of native title holders and, although they are popular camping and fishing areas, the public does not have a legal right of access.

West Coast
Advocacy

California Opinion: Newsom picks fish over farms, but still gets brickbats

When a union president was asked about his end goal in negotiations with his members’ employers, he responded with: “More.” No matter the proposal, he always demanded more of whatever was being offered to his union.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Northam Approves Grant to DGIF to Fund Eastern Shore Forest Conservation Initiative

Governor Northam has approved a $292,287 grant to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to fund the Eastern Shore Forest Conservation Initiative. The initiative will help the DGIF to acquire and improve forestland. This proposed multi-tract fee-simple acquisition presents the opportunity to expand existing Wildlife Management Areas, facilitate natural marsh migration, support coastal resiliency, provide new public lands for wildlife-related recreation, and improve habitat for migratory birds and species of greatest conservation need in an area of hemispheric importance.

International
Advocacy

Dead Sperm Whale with 220 Pounds of Plastic in this Stomach Found on Scottish Beach

A sperm whale found beached on Luskentyre Beach, Scotland, last week had a huge ball in its stomach made up of 220 pounds of human junk—including bundles of rope, sections of net and plastic debris.