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WORLDWIDE: Canada siding with U.S., Denmark on High Arctic fishing moratorium

WORLDWIDE: Canada siding with U.S., Denmark on High Arctic fishing moratorium | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Russia and Norway will be urged at Greenland meeting to join other three Arctic states in support of agreement.

 

Canada is preparing to join the United States and Denmark in pressing for a moratorium on commercial fishing in the international waters of the High Arctic as climate change makes their bounty accessible for the first time in more than 800,000 years.

 

Representatives of the federal Fisheries Department will take part in a meeting in Greenland next week where Russia and Norway will be urged to join the other three Arctic states in support of a proposed Arctic fisheries agreement.

 

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Fantastic idea.  Lets not rush in to suck these stocks down to low levels.

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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California and Louisiana.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While I am interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you will find postings here that reflect my deep, continuing interest in:

 

- coastal riparian restoration

- coastal wetland restoration

- subtidal reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Managment poilcies and proceedures 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports and harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- marine ecology

- natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality and ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historic persepctives on our coast our our relationship to our world ocean

 

 

 

If you find my posts here of interest, you might also be interested in some of my other research, teaching, and updates elsewhere via my:

 

- iTunesU Coastal Management podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-462-coastal-marine-management/id415880772?mt=10

- iTunesU Restoration Ecology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-352-theory-practice-ecological/id415881064?mt=10

- iTunesU Conservation Biology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-313-conservation-biology/id415881094?mt=10

- Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user8078769

- lab's home page: http://faculty.csuci.edu/sean.anderson/Sean_Andersons_Home_Page/Welcome.html

- RestoringNOLA twiter feed (emphasizing Coastal Management in California and Louisiana): https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA

 

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of help.

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How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past

How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
It was the winter of 1997-1998 when the granddaddy of El Niños—the one by which all other El Niños are judged—vaulted the climate term to household name status. It had such a noticeable impact on U.S. weather that it appeared everywhere from news coverage of mudslides in Southern California to Chris Farley’s legendary sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” Basically, it was the “polar vortex” of the late ‘90s.

 

January and February 1998 were the wettest and warmest first two months to a year for the contiguous U.S. in the 104-year record at that time, according to NOAA. The position of the jet stream meant that some northern states saw temperatures up to 15 degrees above normal and both the Southeast and Southern California were awash in a series of storms.


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Garry Rogers's curator insight, July 23, 7:54 PM

GR:  Strong El Ninos can produce strong weather events. But when, where, and even if are all uncertain.

UCCE Sonoma County's curator insight, July 24, 11:05 AM

Be prepared, but don't waste water just the same...

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Sediment Strategy Seeks to Save Salt Marsh Species | U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Sediment Strategy Seeks to Save Salt Marsh Species | U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

On the coast of Orange County, California, just east of the busy global shipping facilities at the Port of Los Angeles, native birds and other wildlife still have a patch of natural environment where they can find food and shelter. Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge—a 965-acre protected area managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—provides vital habitat in an area that is completely surrounded by dense urban development. The refuge encompasses one of the few remaining tidal salt marshes in Southern California. It is also unique in that it lies entirely within the U.S. Navy’s Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

An endangered light-footed Ridgway's rail at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge.

 

 

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Lake Mead hits a new low, but the drought has a silver lining -- tourism

Lake Mead hits a new low, but the drought has a silver lining -- tourism | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Bruce Nelson was just a baby when Lake Mead was at its mightiest.
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Disaster Tourism

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Pathos And The Mounting Pressure To Do Something

Pathos And The Mounting Pressure To Do Something | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The media and public are apparently getting more and more worried about marine mammals and birds fouled or killed by oil spilled from the May 19 pipeline break.  At least part of this current worry...
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joseph mpofu's curator insight, July 25, 3:00 AM

One mistake can cause a lot of health hazard to many living  creatures  , thats real sad to see such situation happening to the environment . An incident like this could have been avoided in the first place .Oil industries should  have learnt a lot through previous incidents that claimed a lot life and contaminated the environment.

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Oil Seeps 101

Oil Seeps 101 | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
We have been getting lots of inquires about this crazy tarballing going on across Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.  I thought I would give a quick overview of tar balls in our part...
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The Sleeping Beauties of Science

The Sleeping Beauties of Science | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Late-blooming research turns out to be common, according to ... new research.
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Candice Lima's curator insight, May 29, 6:08 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

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Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps

Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
An article by experts involved in some previous examinations of the catastrophe contends that fault should fall squarely on the Army Corps of Engineers.
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Oil Spill History and Ecotoxicology | Oil at Coal Oil Point: Pipeline or Seep?

Oil Spill History and Ecotoxicology | Oil at Coal Oil Point: Pipeline or Seep? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

We certainly had fresh tar and more weathered tar balls across lots of this beach.  It is tough to tell if this is simply tar seeps or if this is from our Refugio spill.  CDFW monitoring teams were on site as we began surveying and we had a quick powwow with them.  They took samples to fingerprint the oil, but felt it unlikely to be pipeline crude.  I’m not so sure.  It certainly seemed to be more than my recollection of the background levels at this site.  The freshness of some patches and concentration near the waterline and the ubiquitousness of it (see Alex’s foot below) make me think this may well be pipeline crude.  It is important to note that Goleta Beach (where our first team sampled this morning) was tar/oil free.  Stay tuned.  Back to work.

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joseph mpofu's curator insight, July 25, 5:03 AM

A clean up exercise and the repairs of this kind of incident cost a lot of monies and brings a bad reputation to the organisation .OHS plays a huge role in preventing or reducing incidents happening. I would want all organisations realise how important  is OHS .This incident affects the economy as well as the environment ,can you imagine beaches being  closed down that means no tourist will visit the place and this will affect the tourism industry .

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U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands

U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The U.S. military has begun to carefully but publicly challenge Chinese island-building on disputed reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, creating fresh tension in a potential global tinderbox as both countries shift forces into the area.
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Cause of California coastal oil spill could be revealed Thursday

Cause of California coastal oil spill could be revealed Thursday | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Clues as to what caused a 24-inch oil pipeline to rupture along California's picturesque Gaviota Coast remain buried beneath tons of oil-contaminated earth, but oil company workers and federal regulators hope to begin excavating the pipe Thursday and get their first glimpse of the breach.
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joseph mpofu's curator insight, July 25, 5:16 AM

I would be interested to be involved in such kind of investigation of such  incident . I wonder if these companies have a proper pipe replacements records. In most incidents like these ones negligence usually is the cause . Maintenance records help a lot , because this will help to keep track of all pipes or plants that are due for replacement or service

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Pipeline rupture leaks oil onto Santa Barbara County beaches

Pipeline rupture leaks oil onto Santa Barbara County beaches | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Emergency officials were responding Tuesday afternoon to a ruptured pipeline that was leaking several barrels of crude oil into the ocean off the Santa Barbara County coast, authorities said.
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See also:

 

http://www.keyt.com/news/Oil-Spill-Off-Santa-Barbara-County-Coastline/33109126

 

And for an historic perspective: 

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/deepwater-horizon-part-1-march/id415880599?i=111265001&mt=2 the part where I start to talk about older spills (like the 1969 Santa Barbara) starts around 3 min in.
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Politics in Turkey; Greek Mythology Sites; Holland - Travel with Rick Steves

Published May 17, 2015 - We follow up with friends from Turkey who participated in Istanbul's 2013 Gezi Park protests and learn why there's still a populist movement against the leader of their nation
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A great episode wherein the first segment gives a good brief overview of democratic protests and pulse in Istanbul today.

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San Pedro Fish Market hopes for smooth sailing in waterfront revamp

San Pedro Fish Market hopes for smooth sailing in waterfront revamp | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The smell of raw fish wafts through the corridors of the San Pedro Fish Market as Tommy Amalfitano orders a line cook to pull a fish off the grill.
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The Hunt for the Last Chilean Sea Bass Poachers

The Hunt for the Last Chilean Sea Bass Poachers | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
They were the few ships left of what was once one of the most lucrative illegal fishing operations in history. An inside look at the…
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Japan’s New Satellite Captures an Image of Earth Every 10 Minutes

Japan’s New Satellite Captures an Image of Earth Every 10 Minutes | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Images from the Himawari-8 weather satellite’s first official day paint a living portrait of Earth.
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A killer new weather satellite that is the current state of the art (at least for the publicly known, non-military) for weather satellites.  Our next generation one won't launch until spring of next year (and in reality be about a year away from effective data given the time to spin it up and check sensors...and assuming the delivery vehicle doesn't go "boom").

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Resistant Malibu homeowner finally opens pathway to 'Billionaires' Beach'

Resistant Malibu homeowner finally opens pathway to 'Billionaires' Beach' | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
In the decades-long struggle to make the beaches fronting California's well-heeled coastal communities more accessible to the public that owns them, a mile-long stretch of Malibu known as Billionaires' Beach has been the site of a particularly pitched battle.
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On China’s Yangtze River, a Race Against Time to Find Survivors

On China’s Yangtze River, a Race Against Time to Find Survivors | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
More than 18 hours after the Oriental Star capsized, the vast majority of the 458 people on board were still missing Tuesday.
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More Beaches Closed!

More Beaches Closed! | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Holy cow!  It has been a crazy day.  One of our teams sampling Haskell’s Beach (near the Bacara Resort) north Coal Oil Point was basically given the boot.  Various clean-up teams are now sweeping the beaches from El Capitan to Goleta and the Incident Command has now shut down public access to all of those beaches. This is a huge expansion of the closure area and seems to confirm our concerns beginning mid last week that much of the oil arriving to b

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More and more oil.  It is becoming hard to think of the oiling in LA and Ventura Counties as "coincidences."

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joseph mpofu's curator insight, July 25, 4:56 AM

The damaged has already be done . Thats why we have health and safety professionals in work places. If we have strong and sound occupation health and safety policies in organisations such accidents could be reduced or minimised . Big organisations are neglecting safety issues ,politics have a lot influence special in oil industry .

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The Whole Picture: OMG! What Do We Do With All This Data?

The Whole Picture: OMG! What Do We Do With All This Data? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

The industry-wide trend of digitalisation means many companies now find themselves overwhelmed with large amounts of data. When the data begins streaming in, there naturally arises the question as to what is to be done with all this data.

Data naturally brings with it new set of issues to tackle, the chief among them being accuracy, storage, security, transfer, sharing, and filtering. Most companies do not have the expertise to deal with large amounts of data. Just dealing with the data in terms of storing it securely is useless unless there is somebody competent to analyse it and use it for refining operations, cutting costs, recognizing behaviour, studying trends, identify mistakes, finding areas for improvement, etc.

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Oil Spill History and Ecotoxicology | The worth of our Beaches

Oil Spill History and Ecotoxicology | The worth of our Beaches | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Sandy Beaches are everything to us here in Southern California, a central pillar of both our cultural identity and economic engine.  They are where we birthed surf culture (on beaches like Huntington and Surfrider), invented beach volleyball (on beaches like Manhattan Beach and Redondo), trained our young people to fight the axis powers of WWII (on beaches across Coronado Island and Mugu Lagoon), have filmed our entertainment for a century (on beaches like Leo Carrillo and Will Rogers), see the manifestation of climate change/sea level most clearly (at Ventura’s Surfer’s Point Beach), pump ourselves up to become the next action movie star or guvernator (this really only ever happens on Venice…check out the Jim’s killer glass if you go), stare over the tops of our sunglasses at scantily clad people (on any beach you can think of this holiday weekend) and first learned how devastating an oil spill can really be (on beaches across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in 1969.

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Landmark Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Approval of Deep-sea Mineral Mining

Landmark Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Approval of Deep-sea Mineral Mining | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
New Ocean Gold Rush Could Hurt Marine Life Before Impacts Are Known
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Pipeline operator in Santa Barbara oil spill has a bad safety record

Pipeline operator in Santa Barbara oil spill has a bad safety record | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records.
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Strong hints of BP and the under appreciated scale of their lack of investment/maintenance in their lead up to the Deepwater Horizon blowout. 

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105,000 gallons of oil may have spilled in Santa Barbara County

105,000 gallons of oil may have spilled in Santa Barbara County | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The operator of an underground pipeline that ruptured and released up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil in Santa Barbara County -- and tens of thousands of gallons into the ocean -- said Wednesday that the spill happened after a series of mechanical problems caused the line to be shut down.
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Great graphics and good overview of the unfolding situation.

 

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Rethinking 'Invasive' Species

Rethinking 'Invasive' Species | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
It’s generally accepted that invasive plants and animals are bad for biodiversity and should be eradicated. Many individuals, organizations and municipal leaders have enlisted in the battle against these non-native species - plants in particular.
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Drought relief, at last? New signs point to strengthening El Niño

Drought relief, at last? New signs point to strengthening El Niño | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Some experts have believed that the first signs of California’s drought easing could emerge thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean near the equator.

That’s where the famously fickle weather condition known as El Niño forms. Predicting one can be difficult. But when the effects of a very strong El Niño arrive in California, heavy — sometimes epic — rains often follow.

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We are way too far out to make confidential statements about a possible El Nino this coming year...but it would be nice.

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