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Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.

Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.

Via Marian Locksley
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Just like elephants!

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The researchers based their model on three factors: the strength of the social links between the fish, the fraction of informed individuals (fish that were older and had previous knowledge of migratory routes and destinations), and the preference these informed individuals showed for certain destinations. In theoretical applications of this model, the team found that social cohesion between fish and the presence informed individuals were the two most important factors. Without a threshold of informed individuals, the group became uncoordinated.

The researchers speculated that these observations might speak to an evolutionary advantage.

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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DHS Jones Act Waiver: Addressing the Unknown

DHS Jones Act Waiver: Addressing the Unknown | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
By J. Michael Cavanaugh and Eric LeeActing Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an extension of the original…
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Analysis | What 500-year flooding could look like around five cities

Hundreds of thousands of people live in flood-prone cities like Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and New York. Here’s what 500-year floods look like, or could look like, in those cities.
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Great graphic illustrating "500 year" flood events.
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Staggering Meyerland before and after flooding pictures show what a difference a week can make

Staggering Meyerland before and after flooding pictures show what a difference a week can make | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Houston is spending a quiet Labor Day Monday as clean up and rebuilding are underway after the chaos that came with Harvey.
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Study: Florida Has Work To Do On Public Health Preparedness

Study: Florida Has Work To Do On Public Health Preparedness | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
As Texas recovers from Hurricane Harvey, Floridians may be wondering how well the state could weather a similar storm.
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For beef, is perception truly reality?

For beef, is perception truly reality? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — When deciding what protein to eat, today's consumer is still looking for a tasty experience, and beef is delivering. The Consume
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Beef is eaten at a rate of 4-5x more than fish.
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Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth

Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Newly licensed operators are getting to work.
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Anther example of using drones to census hurricane impacts in the wake of storms.
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KCLU | NPR for the California coast

KCLU | NPR for the California coast | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
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Dolphins are in Ventura County until Irma remnants are in the past.
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Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters?

Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters seem to be getting more severe. Is climate change to blame?
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Fingerprints everywhere, but we wait for a court (e.g. peer review) to convict.
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ABB’s Azipod Writes History in the Arctic

ABB’s Azipod Writes History in the Arctic | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Sovcomflot’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Christophe de Margerie made the world’s first-ever crossing of the Northern…
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The Northern Passage is no longer a barrier to major commercial shipping.  The folks running canals should be very worried...oh, and so should everyone living on planet earth.
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Harvey is hurting Texas' refinery output, but the storm's full economic hit is too early to tell

Harvey is hurting Texas' refinery output, but the storm's full economic hit is too early to tell | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to increase gas prices throughout the nation, including in California.
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Houstonians refuse to buy Dallas Cowboys coolers during Hurricane Harvey

Houstonians refuse to buy Dallas Cowboys coolers during Hurricane Harvey | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Even as a life-threatening hurricane barreled toward Texas, Houstonians refused to purchase Dallas Cowboys coolers.
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Houston's development boom and reduction of wetlands leave region flood prone

Houston's development boom and reduction of wetlands leave region flood prone | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Beavers take advantage of ponds brimming with water, nearby dirt roads show little evidence of being recently inundated. In the greater Houston area, though, the staggering increase of impervious surfaces - roads, sidewalks, parking lots, anything covered with asphalt and concrete - has exacerbated the effects of flooding as development in the region has exploded. Things are further complicated in flat-as-a-pancake Houston, where much of the soil is heavily compacted and acts like pavement anyway, sending sheets of stormwater to the nearest low-lying area. A recent analysis of federal satellite data by the Houston Advanced Research Council for the Houston Chronicle shows that 337,000 acres of 1.1 million acres in Harris County were covered by impervious surfaces in 2011, the most recent year of data. That kind of development comes with a price, namely the loss of the region's natural landscape, including wetlands, prairies, coastal marshlands and forests, and thereby a greater risk of flooding. While many Houston-area homeowners blame inadequate stormwater mitigation rules for their flooding woes, city and county officials deny that but concede that it's difficult to untangle the effects of new development, flood control projects and climate change when trying to determine the culprit for the region's worsening flood problem. People love water features, said Trey Reichert, vice president and general manager of Riverstone for Johnson Development Corp. There's something very calming. Larry Dunbar was a consultant hired by Fort Bend in the early 80's to help draft the first set of detention pond requirements. [...] most counties were solely relying on drainage systems to combat runoff. The group, Residents Against Flooding, cited the 2007 widening of Bunker Hill Road north of I-10 and the elevation of nearby commercial properties, among other projects, alleging they funneled water into surrounding neighborhoods. The residents' group claims the defendants promised to build five detention ponds to alleviate flooding but only came through with one. A Texas A&M University study in 2011 found that clustered high-density development - the kind you see in the concrete-laden urban core of Houston - typically experience less in flood damages than sprawling low-density developments that have become hallmarks of Houston's suburbs. The 232 unit-complex, subsidized for low-income residents, was built in the floodway of Green's Bayou and is being rebuilt in the same spot in the city's Greenspoint neighborhood in north Houston near Bush Intercontinental Airport. Given the challenges associated with detention ponds and other structural solutions to Houston's regional flooding problems, officials are getting pressure to consider "greener" solutions. The Bayou Land Conservancy, which protects more than 2,000 acres in Montgomery County, wants to make sure development stays out of the floodplain and turn that land into a community amenity, whether a butterfly garden, wildlife habitat or a place for recreation. Stephanie Prosser, the conservancy's interim executive director, points to the Spring Creek Greenway, a forested corridor that spans the divide between Harris and Montgomery counties, as a good example of an environmentally friendly project. A study conducted by the Harris County Flood Control District two years ago looked at how water flows from the Cypress Creek watershed to Addicks and Barker reservoirs and shows that sage grass - grass with a similar root structure of the prairie grass found in that area - does a pretty good job of absorbing water given the poor absorption of the area's clay soil. In Pattison, smack dab in the middle of the Katy Prairie, more than 23 inches of rain fell during a 14-hour period on April 17 and 18, the highest amount ever recorded in the county for an historic rainfall event. [...] they'll need new roads to get there.
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Eying Antarctic push, Russia announces $1.2bn investment in fishing sector

Eying Antarctic push, Russia announces $1.2bn investment in fishing sector | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
You may also like: Ocean Trawlers parent plans branded fresh products after frozen launch Global Fishery Forum: New Russian fisheries strategy to boost the country’s GDP Russian Fishery aims to develop branded pollock products for China after domestic launch
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This is begging for problems: fishing (and fishing heavily as Russia has historically done) in new regions/stocks will likely lead to yet another over harvesting situation.
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Irma: From What Could Happen to What Did Happen… | The RMS Blog

Irma: From What Could Happen to What Did Happen… | The RMS Blog | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
17:00 UTC Tuesday, September 12 Emily Paterson, director – Model Product Management, RMS Irma has now dissipated to the relief of many, not least those
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What happened with Hurricane Irma in Florida
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Nine years before Harvey, Hurricane Ike ripped through Houston

Nine years before Harvey, Hurricane Ike ripped through Houston | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
While Hurricane Harvey brought violent, dangerous flooding Hurricane Ike was a windy, pounding mess. 
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Aerial Mosquito Spray Operation Scheduled In Houston Area In Wake of Flooding

Aerial Mosquito Spray Operation Scheduled In Houston Area In Wake of Flooding | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes, Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio will be conducting an aerial spray operation beginning Thursday evening,September 14. 
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Save Buffalo Bayou | A Ribbon of Life Through the Concrete of Houston

Save Buffalo Bayou | A Ribbon of Life Through the Concrete of Houston | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
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Banned pesticides from illegal pot farms seep into California water

Banned pesticides from illegal pot farms seep into California water | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Toxic chemicals from illegal marijuana farms hidden deep in California's forests are showing up in rivers and streams that feed the state's water supply, prompting fears that humans and animals may be at risk, data reviewed by Reuters show.
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Yet another reason to bring these operations in the sunshine of legality and under the constraints of rational environmental regulation.
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The world is facing a global sand crisis

The world is facing a global sand crisis | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
In 2010, nations mined about 11 billion tonnes of sand just for construction. Extraction rates were highest in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by Europe and North America. In the United States alone, production and use of construction sand and gravel was valued at US$8.9 billion in 2016, and production has increased by 24 percent in the past five years.

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We have seen our ow trail and travails for some of our high profile beach nourishment projects here in the Southern California Bight of late.
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Hurricane Irma looks bad, but Boulder climate scientists are seeing it differently

Hurricane Irma looks bad, but Boulder climate scientists are seeing it differently | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
As Hurricane Irma barrels toward south Florida as a Category 5 storm, it’s being tracked on a different scale from Boulder, where on Thursday it registered a slightly more modest 4.8 — on a s…
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The CDP #Hurricane scale is a MUCH better way to measure hurricane strength.  Here is hoping we can start using it more widely.
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Thirty years of major flooding in the U.S.

Thirty years of major flooding in the U.S. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Here's a deep look at where major flooding events have occurred in the U.S. since 1985
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The patterns we have seen over recent decades is exactly what our general climate models suggest.  Can you see the pattern here?  Even with now-incorrect labels of flood frequency (based on old rainfall conditions from decades ago) this is still a great illustration of flooding extent AND the power of small, repetitive graphs to illustration change over time.
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What's the difference between 'looting' and 'finding'? 12 years after Katrina, Harvey sparks a new debate

What's the difference between 'looting' and 'finding'? 12 years after Katrina, Harvey sparks a new debate | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A news anchor’s use of the word “looting” on Twitter to describe a scene in Houston’s floodwaters reminded many of a debate that raged during Hurricane Katrina.
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A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment

A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.
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'Water-wise' versus 'drought-tolerant': What does all the terminology really mean?

'Water-wise' versus 'drought-tolerant': What does all the terminology really mean? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
As water conservation efforts increase, so does confusion. Here's our guide to the jargon pros and retailers use to describe sustainable gardens.
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