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ADVENTURE. The Shifting Sands: How Tony Plant uses beach drawings to celebrate the coast

“A CANVAS IS DEFINED BY ITS EDGES. WE REFER TO IT BY IT’S SHAPE. A BEACH IS EXACTLY THE SAME, BUT THE EDGES ARE ALWAYS MOVING.” Tony Plat

Pacific Northwest
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Washington: Years of land trust efforts come together in Camano Island's newest park

Barnum Point Preserve consists of 27 acres of land that was purchased by donations from more than 600 supporters and countless hours of dedicated volunteers. There are 7 different trails you can hike on the 27 acres. Future expansion of the park is slated for 2019 to double the area of the park and add more parking.

West Coast
Advocacy

Community Submersibles Project : Citizen Project Builds Submersibles to Explore Our Hidden Planet

An Evocation of Adventure: Manned Submersibles for Everyone! What If You Could Explore the Deep Sea in a Submersible? Become a submersible pilot! Learn about submersible mechanics, operations and safety with our two subs. Get access to ocean exploration technology and programs. Join us to explore the hidden wonders of our planet!

Northeast
Advocacy

Osprey population continues to rise in Connecticut after conservation efforts

It’s a success story for the birds! An increasing number of Osprey are spending their summers in Connecticut after migrating from as far away as Florida and South America, and the surging numbers are partially due to human help.

Coastwide
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Congress Must Vote to Protect America's Coasts, Oceans, and Marine Life from Offshore Drilling

House of Representatives to vote on two landmark bipartisan bills to ban drilling off Atlantic, Pacific coasts and Eastern Gulf

International
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Channel Islands, Europe: States ‘are failing to protect coastline’

A DECADE after thousands of Islanders demonstrated their support for stricter controls on development, politicians are still failing in their duty to protect the Jersey’s coastline, National Trust for Jersey chief executive Charles Alluto, an organiser of the protest, said.

International
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Australia: Dr. Bernhard Bischoff explores the history of Bunbury's coastline

This article is about the threat in 1979 of operations for a housing development in the dune country south of the 'Maidens' and about the lucky turns of events that stopped the development plans from becoming reality.

Northeast
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Gulf of Maine Research Institute launches virtual climate center

It will identify solutions to rising sea temperatures in a part of the ocean warming faster than almost any other.

Mid-Atlantic
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Editorial: Resolve to help sea turtles showing results

THE HATCHING OF dozens of tiny loggerhead sea turtles at the north end of Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront early in August was cause for celebration.

Northeast
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New Jersey Menhaden: Omega Protein is Reduction Fishing Off of New Jersey … Again

On September 6, 2018, Omega Protein Inc. out of Reedville, Va., (parent company Cooke Seafood) sent four200-foot-long reduction ships up to the New York Bight for two days. Each one has the holding capacity of 1.5 and 2 million fish each, enabling a total removal of 8 million bunker from key waters in the fall, just before our striped bass migration arrives.

West Coast
Advocacy

Surfer Lakey Peterson has always felt a connection with the ocean

ESPN The Magazine did this profile of Lakey Peterson for their Body Issue.

Southeast
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1000 Mermaids Project Adds to Palm Beach County's Cache of Artificial Reefs with Deployment of 18 Sculptures

The 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project is a public eco-art installation created in partnership with Reef Cells that serves as an underwater eco-friendly destination for eco-tourism and coral growth.

International
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Onboard with the volunteers dedicated to saving Scotland's dolphins and whales

The boat lurches down the rolling waves, and heaves back up. “I thought it would be worse,” says skipper Emma Burgess, smiling at my ashen face from behind the wheel. “This isn’t bad at all.”

Southeast
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Above the Waterline: The great Okefenokee Swamp is threatened, again

The November sky was beginning to darken, as evening approached. We had finished setting up our tents on a wooden platform surrounded by tea-colored water: naturally pure freshwater, stained by tannins released by decomposing vegetation. As the darkness deepened, I could see what appeared to be tiny lights a few hundred yards away, just above the waterline; the lights were in pairs and glowing red. Although there were no barriers, our guide reassured me that the alligators would not crawl onto our camping platform. I don’t recall sleeping much that night.

Coastwide
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‘Balloon pollution’: Releases are being banned across the country over debris

It was the deflated clump of balloons floating in Unicorn Lake that really did it.

Northeast
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Rhode Island Spotlight: A model for clean beaches

The After5 Beach Cleanup, held every Wednesday throughout the summer, is the creation of Clean Ocean Access, a nonprofit organization that focuses on shoreline access and a healthy ocean, free of marine debris. It’s one of many events the organization holds to meld education and action, especially on Aquidneck Island

Pacific Northwest
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Canadian Coast Funds Welcomes Three First Nations Women to BOD

Coast Funds announced today the appointment of three First Nations women to its board of directors: Christina Gray, nominated by the North Coast Skeena Stewardship Society; Ts’xwiixw Megan Moody, nominated by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance; and Kii’iljuus Barbara Wilson, nominated by the Council of the Haida Nation.

Coastwide
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Your trash can get into the ocean, even if you live hundreds of miles away. But how?

You could be contributing to the 14 billion pounds of trash that Sea Stewards estimates makes it into the ocean every year — even if you don’t live anywhere near the beach, experts say.

Gulf of Mexico
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Report: Galveston Needs to Improve Access to Public Beaches

A Southeast Texas city must provide better public beach access, more parking and new dune protection standards, according to a committee appointed by the city council to review management of the popular coastline.

Southeast
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New surf contest coming to Sebastian Inlet to help preserve beaches

Protecting and preserving the world's oceans, waves and beaches has been the hallmark mission statement for the 82 international chapters of the Surfrider Foundation.

Hawaii & Alaska
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Don’t Forget the Pebble Mine’s Overlooked Port

A source close to the Pebble Mine project says that plans for a new marine port, designed to support the proposed mine, raise a host of environmental concerns that haven’t received much attention.

Northeast
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Maryland - County must open private beach to public

MAYO, Md. - After three decades of allowing a community association private water access on public land at Beverly Beach, Anne Arundel County must either open the 7 acres to the public or find the same amount of land elsewhere to open to the public.

Southeast
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Florida - Environmental Groups Plan Lawsuit To Protect Green Sea Turtles

Nearly 90 percent of all sea turtle nesting in the United States occurs on Florida beaches. Every summer, thousands of threatened and endangered sea turtles emerge from the water at night to lay their eggs in the sand. Two months later, hatchlings make their perilous journey to the water. If they survive to adulthood, females continue this ancient tradition and return to the same beach to nest.

Hawaii & Alaska
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Hawaii: Fish, limu returning to restored stream

The Waipa Stream is coming back to life, thanks to a restoration project within the watershed.

Gulf of Mexico
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Galveston Bay education pavilion to be dedicated Saturday

The Galveston Bay Foundation has seen the first structure go up on 30 acres of bayfront land in Kemah it acquired in 2016.

International
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South Africa: Coastal by-law intends to push back beachfront property spread

But draft criticized for draconian measures such as outlawing foul language.

Caribbean
Advocacy

Keys Couple Uses Art to Inspire Others, Protect Nature

Victoria Cassar and Ian Wilson-Navarro create art that sparks conversations about nature and how to protect it. The couple uses different mediums — sculpture for Cassar and photography for Wilson-Navarro — that complement each other’s work. The pair live in Tavernier and use their home base in the Keys to create art that spreads awareness and moves people.

Pacific Northwest
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Canada: The demand for luxury shellfish is polluting the ocean with plastic

The federal government has taken action recently to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on land and in oceans, rivers and lakes.

West Coast
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‘Outrage’ As Developer Bulldozes Environmentally Sensitive Playa Del Rey Area, CA

LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin and Playa del Rey residents are demanding action after a developer bulldozed an environmentally sensitive area.

Gulf of Mexico
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Abandoned ex-well site in Galveston becoming nature preserve

In 1978, an oil company called Aminoil drilled a 7,500-foot-deep well in the heart of a 207-acre tract of coastal prairie in Galveston, tucked between Stewart Road and the West Bay.

International
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UK Youngsters to Investigate Climate Change in Coastal Areas

YouthLink Scotland is spearheading a project to examine the impact of global warming on Scotland's coastline.

Northeast
Advocacy

Good news! Piping plovers fledge record number of chicks in Maine

The number of nesting pairs on the state's beaches also set a record, but wildlife officials say protections remain critical for the endangered shorebirds.

Northeast
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Video: Sailor Helps Save Minke Whale Trapped In Fishing Gear Off Rockport, MA

An 18 foot Minke whale is alive and swimming free somewhere off Cape Ann, thanks in part to a retired Navy officer.

International
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Canada creates two huge ocean sanctuaries in the Arctic

These are turbulent times for the Arctic. Not only is it heating up about twice as quickly as the rest of the planet, causing a disastrous decline of Arctic sea ice, but it's also increasingly vulnerable to environmental harm from activities like mining, drilling and fishing.

Southeast
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Oyster Shell Recycling: The Pearl In South Carolina Renewable Resources

Oysters are normally associated with backyard roasts, but this seafood delicacy provides much more than a treat for the taste buds. Oysters play a vital role in the Lowcountry’s ecosystem.

Gulf of Mexico
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Political Temperature: Mississippi governor candidates are quiet on climate change as other Southern states take action

In Mississippi and around the Southeast, climate change already is causing more extreme rain events and sea level rise, federal scientists say.

West Coast
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Critics decry rodent poison plan for Farallon Islands

Federal officials want to dump nearly 1.5 tons of poison in the South Farallon Islands to eliminate a centuries-old rodent invasion.

Northeast
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Rhode Island Desk: Reps. Edwards, Canario call on RIDOT to remove barrier of water access

Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) and Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton) have called upon the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to remove a barrier that has been erected on Nanaquaket Road in Tiverton that blocks access to an inlet of Narragansett Bay.

Northeast
Advocacy

Battle over beach tags: Should Jersey Shore towns require them? Pro/con | Opinion

Shore season is in full swing. With the arrival of summer, many Philadelphians leave the city and spend their time in towns up and down the South Jersey coast.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Two property owners escalate Walton customary use debate

WALTON COUNTY — The latest twist in Walton County’s tumultuous customary use battle has some beach property owners threatening to seek legal sanctions against the county’s attorneys for attempting to claim, as public, land that in years past had been specifically declared to be private.

Gulf of Mexico
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Walton County, Florida Beach Access Battles: Hundreds join hands in support of customary use

On July 1, one year after a state law negated Walton County’s customary use beach ordinance, residents and visitors gathered on local beaches to join hands in support of customary use.

Northeast
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Fight over coastal access continues as activists stage protest

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. —The challenge to private beach owners wanting to stop public access to their land is far from over, says Scott Keeley, who organized a protest drawing more than 200 supporters to step over the Charlestown-South Kingstown line into the sand of exclusive beaches.

Northeast
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Coastal debate comes down to boundaries, or lack thereof

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Exactly defining public access along beaches — and other areas around Rhode Island’s coast — is a complex undertaking requiring some serious study, said Virginia Lee, who has studied the issue and is an author of guides to public access to shorefront areas.

Great Lakes
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State action still needed to fully implement landmark Lake Michigan beach access ruling, advocates warn

PORTAGE — State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, will try again next year to insert specific protections in Indiana law for everything Hoosiers have enjoyed doing at their Lake Michigan beaches for more than a century.

Gulf of Mexico
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Study links Florida Keys coral demise to mainland runoff

A landmark 30-year study of ailing coral in the Florida Keys shows nutrient-supercharged water from as far north as Orlando is contributing to the death of an ancient ecosystem that evolved to thrive in a fertilizer-free environment.

Mid-Atlantic
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From the Turtle Desk: Sea turtle nesting record broken again at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

For the third time in five years, a sea turtle nesting record at Cape Hatteras National Seashore has been broken.

Northeast
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Poor weather prevents attempt to free entangled North Atlantic right whale

Poor weather conditions have forced a whale rescue team to postpone its bid to disentangle a North Atlantic right whale from fishing gear that is trailing from its head.

Southeast
Advocacy

For St. Johns River dolphins, something’s changed — and probably not for the better

The bottlenose dolphins of the St. Johns River have a favored spot where they like to hang out, frolic, eat and socialize. It’s near the BEA Systems dry dock, east of Blount Island and just west of where the Intracoastal Waterway comes up from the south and meets the St. Johns.

International
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Australia Beach Patrol looking for bright ideas to keep litter from ocean

Warrnambool, Victoria -- A dedicated group of south-west volunteers have been rewarded with a state government grant to continue their environmental work cleaning up the region's beaches.

Southeast
Advocacy

Georgia's Coast is Not an Ashtray campaign under way

Smokers probably do not intentionally set out to poison the local marine environment.

Coastwide
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This Is What America Could Look Like When Our Coasts Are Under Water

Rising sea levels could be an opportunity for social change—or a dystopian hellscape.

Northeast
Advocacy

Disappointment in the Hamptons: Entangled Whale Prompts Criticism Of Gill Nets

The small whale that was freed from a commercial fishing net after becoming entangled off Sagaponack last week has prompted community concern about the safety of the type of fishing nets it had encountered.

Coastwide
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More than half of America's beaches are likely tainted with fecal matter, scientists say

LOS ANGELES - Every year in the U.S., an estimated 57 million cases of recreational waterborne illness occur, and scientists say that it’s largely because of fecal matter in the water.

Northeast
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As death toll rises, scientists struggle to track massive, elusive right whales

“It’s so critical to know where they are to keep them safe,” Worm said in an interview Tuesday.

Gulf of Mexico
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'The Living Coast' Explores The Texas Gulf Coast With Music, Imagery And Storytelling

Over the past five years, Justin Sherburn and his band Montopolis have been creating not just music, but a series of immersive concert experiences that focus on the diverse landscape of Texas.

Southeast
Advocacy

More Good Turtle News: This Has Been A Record-Breaking Summer For Georgia’s Sea Turtles

In the summer on Jekyll Island, researchers drive slowly up and down the beach all night, the red-shaded headlights on their utility vehicles illuminating ghost crabs and shorebirds.

International
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Việt Nam takes action to reduce plastic waste

Recently, there has been intense focus on how to reduce plastic waste globally. Việt Nam News reporter Bồ Xuân Hiệp speaks with Kristin Hughes, director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership, about solutions that are needed in Việt Nam, which is a disproportionately high contributor of plastic pollution into the oceans.

Northeast
Advocacy

Delaware Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Ban Plastic Bags, Reduce Litter

New Delaware Laws Will Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Create a Litter Investigation and Enforcement Fund

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Shorebirds in Decline: The Tale of the Least Sandpiper and Semipalmated Sandpiper

It’s a warm evening in May. I am standing along the edge of the ocean at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey. It’s an approximately seven mile-long and one-mile wide (at its widest point) narrow spit of land at the southern entrance to New York Harbor. A slender sandy peninsula that forms a natural boundary between the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean and shallow estuarine waters of Sandy Hook Bay.