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Carib - A record amount of seaweed is choking shores in the Caribbean

A record amount of seaweed is smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados as tons of brown algae kill wildlife, choke the tourism industry and release toxic gases.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Wilmington leaders make proposal for Topsail to join 3000-mile East Coast recreation route

With hikers and bicyclists pushing themselves for miles on the East Coast Greenway, officials in the Wilmington area are working to make the Topsail region a part of their journeys.

International
Tourism

IN - Tourism killed Thailand's most famous bay. Here's how it was brought back to life

Maya Bay, Thailand (CNN) — It's just past 7 a.m. on a February morning in Maya Bay, several weeks after authorities reopened what is one of Thailand's most popular tourist attractions to the world for the first time since June 2018 following a massive rehabilitation program.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Without Ocean Rangers, Glacier Bay is monitoring cruise ships on its own

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve started its own cruise ship monitoring program this July. Cruise companies are paying for independent inspectors to board ships unannounced and check on wastewater management, emissions, marine mammal protection and compliance documentation.

Caribbean
Tourism

Dominican Republic - Environment: «Situation of sargassum is critical in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean»

The sargassum situation in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region is “critical,” according to José Reyes López, Vice Minister of Coastal and Marine Resources of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - At summer's peak, tourism has been a mixed bag so far in Maine

Visitors are still coming, but higher gas and other prices have some reining in their spending.

Northeast
Tourism

MA - People tussle over scarce beach access as sea levels and property values rise in Mass.

Summer traffic in Gloucester has become so extreme in recent years that residents can't always get out of their driveways or run weekend errands in town.

Caribbean
Tourism

Cayman Islands - Sargassum presents challenge for environment and tourism

An unprecedented amount of Sargassum that invaded the North Sound on Saturday is presenting a significant challenge for the Cayman Islands as the country tries to rebuild its tourism business two and a half years after the COVID-19 pandemic closed its borders. However, it is also a major environmental threat.

Caribbean
Tourism

USVI - Bryan Declares State of Emergency over Sargassum Seaweed Inundation

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in the territory to mitigate the impact from the unusually high amounts of sargassum seaweed piling up on USVI shores and having a negative impact on water-production capabilities on St. Croix.

International
Tourism

Australia - Popular Cairns beaches could be doomed to disappear as mudflats march on

A leading geoscientist says two popular Cairns beaches will become mudflats over the coming decades in a revelation that could shock waterfront homeowners.

Caribbean
Tourism

PR - 'The beaches belong to the people': inside Puerto Rico's anti-gentrification protests

Locals and climate activists battle against coastal development and privatization of public beaches as luxury condos proliferate

International
Tourism

Kenya - Incomes dwindle as ebbing plastic wastes clog fish breeding, tourist attraction sites

Wasini Island, a secluded tourist gem, is also home to more than 250 fish species and a breeding ground for turtles. But this natural habitat to a lot of biodiversity continues to face catastrophic destruction due to heavy plastic waste in the mangrove forest.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Stringy algae floods Brevard County beaches

This summer, some say things look a bit — and smell a bit — worse than usual. That's because the shoreline seems mostly awash in weeds, from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet and beyond.

International
Tourism

AUS - Paradise or purgatory? The Aussie billionaires buying islands

Mission Beach Dive water taxi operator Nancy Lowe owes her existence to nearby Dunk Island. Her parents met when they were working at the resort, back when “Dunk” was a byword for paradise, and a holiday there was one of the most sought-after prizes on Sale of the Century.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Texas Hosts the Biggest, Longest & Wildest Birdwatching Tournament in the Country

AUSTIN—Famous for being the biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the country, this year’s Great Texas Birding Classic raised $45,000 for projects to benefit birds and other wildlife.

Northeast
Tourism

NY - Shinnecock plan rally for beach access in Southampton

Members of the Shinnecock Tribal Nation will rally at Cooper’s Beach on Saturday in an effort to urge the Village of Southampton to allow tribal citizens free beach access.

Caribbean
Tourism

Jamaica - Government exploring sargassum utilisation project

The Government is taking steps to mitigate the effects of the brown seaweed known as sargassum, a source of discomfort for fishers and swimmers who use some of the affected beaches.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Central Florida's coast is covered in tons of foul seaweed

If you’re looking to visit the beach soon, you may encounter a foul stench and sand that is covered in brown seaweed.

International
Tourism

India - Gujarat: The unusual lion sightings on India's beaches

The coastal areas of the western Indian state of Gujarat are now home to more than 100 lions. Experts say it shows that their natural habitat is shrinking.

International
Tourism

CAN - US cruise ships using Canada as a ‘toilet bowl’ for polluted waste

Lax Canadian regulations create ‘perverse incentive’ for US cruise ships en route to Alaska to discharge toxic mix of chemicals and wastewater off British Columbia, report says

International
Tourism

UK - Then and now pictures show tides of change on Devon coast

Images through the years capture everyday scenes in an area where outstanding beauty stands the test of time

Caribbean
Tourism

BEL - Sargassum-plagued Belizean beaches make international news

“Рrіѕtіnе bеасhеѕ іn Мехісо аnd Веlіzе аrе соvеrеd іn саrреtѕ оf fоul-ѕmеllіng ѕеаwееd,” rеаdѕ Еurоnеwѕ’ hеаdlіnе іn аn аrtісlе іn whісh thе mеdіа hоuѕе tеllѕ thе ѕtоrу оf tоnѕ оf ѕеаwееd wаѕhіng аѕhоrе оn Мехісаn аnd Веlіzе bеасhеѕ аnd thе еffоrtѕ bу lосаl аuthоrіtіеѕ tо сlеаn uр thе mеѕѕ.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Key West Doesn't Want Your Big Cruise Ships

Mega cruise ships stopped sailing to Key West, Florida, during the height of COVID-19. Many locals appreciated the resulting peace and quiet and won a vote for large ships not to return. But the fight’s not over.