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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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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  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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USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts

USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday.
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Well...I guess that is at least a start.  Apparently we need to spend $20 million to do a study to figure out how to save money when we actually (finally) get around to building new iceabreakers.  We are crazily behind in the building/operating of ice-faring ships here in the U.S.
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The verdict after all that rain? Most of California is out of the drought

The verdict after all that rain? Most of California is out of the drought | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
California's drought goes out with a bang
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We in Ventura County are still dry...
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How America's Tallest Dam Nearly Overflowed

How America's Tallest Dam Nearly Overflowed | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
When a sinkhole opened in the dam's main spillway, operators were left without their main tool to combat rising inflows.
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Great data-rich primer on the goings on at Oroville, published a few days ago.  While there is nothing new in this piece relative to other stories I have posted over the past few days, this one does a great job elegantly and effectively presenting the quantitative part of the story of the rising waters.  A great integration of simply multimedia and graphing pieces that deepen the story and the understanding.
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A great illustration of what you can do in a blog post!
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Government severely misjudged strength of Oroville emergency spillway, sparking a crisis

Government severely misjudged strength of Oroville emergency spillway, sparking a crisis | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Officials said the bedrock beneath the Oroville spillway would withstand massive release of water. They were wrong.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
We are seeing more great pieces about the risks and engineering problems with both Oroville Dam and the other dams and water management projects across California and the U.S.

A few of these include:

Clear engineering/design troubles with Oroville:


Flooding elsewhere in California:

Oroville's most recent timeline:
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US Probe into El Faro Disaster Concludes Public Hearings - maritime global news

US Probe into El Faro Disaster Concludes Public Hearings - maritime global news | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
U.S. investigators stood in silence for 33 seconds on Friday as they concluded the public phase of a probe into the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a
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It's not just Oroville: Record rain is straining California's whole flood control network

It's not just Oroville: Record rain is straining California's whole flood control network | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Intense rainfall is putting new strains on the network of dams, rivers, levees and other waterways that are essential to preventing massive flooding.
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Yep...setting aside the whole environmental impact of shunting water away from the natural channels and streams where our ecosystems have evolved over millennia thing...creating a massively complex and central to the functioning of our society web of infrastructure and then failing to constantly maintain it or "black swan" the "what if" scenarios is generally a bad idea.

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What Is Risk: Oroville Dam as New Orleans Redux

When we look at areas impacted by natural disasters (or "natural" disasters as some would say), a natural reaction by those from afar runs the gamut from...

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Here is a lecture proving an overview of the Oroville Dam situation in the context of hazards and risk.  There have been many parallels with responses to other natural disasters such as wildfires in California and the flooding of New Orleans post Katrina.
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Damaged Lake Oroville Dam spillway being sacrificed with high releases – now about 4 feet to top

Damaged Lake Oroville Dam spillway being sacrificed with high releases – now about 4 feet to top | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Lake Oroville saga continues, yesterday we wondered if the collapse of the spillway might have been due to missing or substandard REBAR, and many experts weighed it on that topic. It now appears that there was REBAR there, and the failure was likely of a nature of lack of maintenance and age combined. It…
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Good info, data, and media embedded in the discussion of this post.
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Here's the nightmare scenario at Oroville Dam that officials are fighting to prevent

Here's the nightmare scenario at Oroville Dam that officials are fighting to prevent | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Any dam engineer would be terrified of this nightmare scenario — the possible collapse of a retaining wall in California’s second largest reservoir.  That’s the prospect officials faced when they ordered more than 100,000 people evacuated downstream of the nation’s tallest dam Sunday. I
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Undercutting at the base of an engineered wall/dam/levee = New Orleans all over again.
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Oroville Spillway Failure Flyover and Explanation 10 Feb 2017

Take a flight in the Luscombe over the Oroville Spillway just prior to overtopping.

PIRatE Lab's insight:
Climate change is giving us both increased droughts and increased rainfall events in climate crazy California.  Both of these situations have been long predicted, driven by the unprecedented anthropogenic greenhouse gas build-up in our atmosphere.  

Oroville is the tallest dam in the United States and (thanks to the intense precipitation this year) the focus of national attention and concern over infrastructure in the wake of a climate changed world.  The most recent estimate pegs the repair of the eroding concrete channel at perhaps $100-200 million (and we are only in early February).

See also these refs:

nice overview/explanation of the current conditions at the dam: https://youtu.be/jIzldNLv8ww
Construction of the Oroville Dam: https://youtu.be/p_5udzKfLQM
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US’ Top Five Trading Partners

US’ Top Five Trading Partners | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The U.S.’ top five trading partner countries for goods in 2016 were China, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Germany, according to full year 2016 U.S.
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Interesting how large a role vehicles plays in this.  The prominence of pharmaceuticals will also be surprising to some.  Oil only shows up in the top items with regards to imports from Canada (as far as our top 5 trading partners goes).

It goes without saying that Canada and Mexico primarily bring in materials via land.  Virtually all the rest of this comes and goes via our global network of shipping.

You can read the full report with all the statistics here: https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/tradnewsrelease.htm
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Do not buy the House Science Committee’s claim that scientists faked data until you read this

Do not buy the House Science Committee’s claim that scientists faked data until you read this | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
House Science Committee once again turns to dubious reporting to politicize climate scientists and their work.
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The exceedingly misleading press release whose "source" is a British tabloid newspaper, NOT peer reviewed science, data, or even a credible individual source) is here: 

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Christopher Michael Homokay's comment, February 8, 3:10 PM
I'm still sided with whistleblowers and the national agenda.
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21 people hospitalized after truck plows into Endymion parade crowd

21 people hospitalized after truck plows into Endymion parade crowd | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Get the latest New Orleans, LA Local News, Sports News & US breaking News. View daily Louisiana weather updates, watch videos and photos, join the discussion in forums. Find more news articles and stories online at NOLA.com
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Details are still a bit sketch but Endymion was the scene of a huge accident/incident this evening.
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Shasta Dam makes history as water flows from top gates for first time in 20 years

Shasta Dam makes history as water flows from top gates for first time in 20 years | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
For the first time in almost two decades, California's biggest Reservoir in Shasta County released water from gates near the top of the dam Wednesday.
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More record breaking hydrology in this oh-so wet year.
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'It was like I was looking at an aquarium': San Jose flood victims tell their stories

'It was like I was looking at an aquarium': San Jose flood victims tell their stories | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
'It was like I was looking at an aquarium:' San Jose flood victims tell their stories
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Oroville hoping to turn dam crisis into a tourism opportunity

Oroville hoping to turn dam crisis into a tourism opportunity | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
With the heaviest surge from a week of storms over, state water officials said Tuesday they are again considering shutting water off to Oroville Dam’s eroded main spillway.
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Study Suggests Brittle Stars Limited Deepwater Horizon Impacts on Deep Sea Corals | GoMRI

Study Suggests Brittle Stars Limited Deepwater Horizon Impacts on Deep Sea Corals | GoMRI | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania State University scientists analyzed images of impacted and non-impacted deep sea corals to characterize their symbiotic relationship with brittle stars and determine if brittle stars influenced coral recovery from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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Another example of how more intact ecological systems can better withstand perturbations and anthropogenic disturbance.
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Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

Why China is building islands in the South China Sea | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
China claims they aren't military bases, but its actions say otherwise.
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This is probably the best geographic explainer video on why China seeks to take over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea via their current Cabbage Strategy and coral reef destruction/island building.
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Dam officials should've listened to those warnings about Oroville. Now we're stuck paying the price

Dam officials should've listened to those warnings about Oroville. Now we're stuck paying the price | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Climate change did not produce California’s winter flooding that abruptly ended a devastating drought. That weather swing is just how California works.
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Fatigue at Sea Should Not Be Ignored

Fatigue at Sea Should Not Be Ignored | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The recent report, ‘Project MARTHA’ published by Intermanager shows that fatigue at sea is a growing problem. The report…
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This is not only a danger for the folks working on these ships and their cargo, but also a significant threat to the environment when a fatigued sailor on watch misses warning signs, strays too close to a reef, etc.
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The crisis at Oroville Dam, explained

The crisis at Oroville Dam, explained | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

The crisis at Oroville Dam, explained :



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Overview of the timeline of events.
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Oroville Dam: California officials ignored warnings a decade ago

Oroville Dam: California officials ignored warnings a decade ago | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Environmental groups warned 12 years ago that the nation's tallest dam in California was an imminent disaster.
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A 'weird and ghostly appearance:' Gigantic towers once shined electric moonlight on New Orleans

A 'weird and ghostly appearance:' Gigantic towers once shined electric moonlight on New Orleans | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The steel towers were part of a spectacular but short-lived city lighting experiment.
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Quite fun to think of what nighttime illumination was like a century ago.
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Meet El Niño’s cranky uncle that could send global warming into hyperdrive

Meet El Niño’s cranky uncle that could send global warming into hyperdrive | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The El Niño and La Niña weather systems are well known. But what are El Tio and La Tia? And what could they potentially do to warm the planet?
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Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) explained in an easy to understand manner and relative to El Nino (ENSO).
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Gulf Of Mexico Platform Fire Put Out, Production Shut-In | OilPrice.com

Gulf Of Mexico Platform Fire Put Out, Production Shut-In | OilPrice.com | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The fire on an offshore oil platform off the coast of Louisiana has been put out without severe consequences, but production has been shut-in
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Fire on a platform in the Golf…Imagine that. I’m sure this is somewhat of a regular occurrence. How many platforms are there out there? Thousand + ? I bet hundreds of fires go unreported because they are not considered “reportable” by current regulations. Maybe not catastrophic fires that make headlines, but they have fires. Can’t wait to see after the investigation is completed if there are any similarities to the Deeepwater incident regarding causation.