Coastal Restoration
Follow
Find
11.3K views | +3 today
 
Rescooped by PIRatE Lab from Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution!
onto Coastal Restoration
Scoop.it!

SeaWorld to expand Orca habitat at its parks

SeaWorld to expand Orca habitat at its parks | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
TakePart SeaWorld to expand killer whale habitat at its parks Orlando Sentinel Debate about the company's treatment of the whales was brought into the mainstream press by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish." The project is "not a concession" to...

Via Marian Locksley
PIRatE Lab's insight:

A good video that is difficult to watch with a straight face.  When SeaWorld says this massive, multimillion dollar investment is not in reaction to the film Blackfish or animal rights activists...well, you should just watch it.

 

San Diego will be the first park to have its whale enclosure expanded. There is also increasing pressure to find a "cove" or "embayment" wherein captive Orcas can be "retired" rather than set free in a world they know nothing about.

 

Additional coverage and perspectives can be found here:

 

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/15/seaworld-bigger-killer-whale-habitat-blackfish/

 

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/08/15/seaworld-killer-whale-habitats

 

and

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/business/media/seaworld-questions-ethics-of-blackfish-investigator.html?_r=0

 

more...
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.
Curated by PIRatE Lab
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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
PIRatE Lab's insight:

A great episode wherein the first segment gives a good brief overview of democratic protests and pulse in Istanbul today.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Drought urgency hits rain country: Washington governor declares state emergency

Drought urgency hits rain country: Washington governor declares state emergency | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought Friday — citing historically low snowpack, dwindling rivers and rising temperatures that have plunged nearly the entire West Coast into official emergency status.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Catamaran Sailing Boat's Epic Entry Into Port

Catamaran Sailing Boat's Epic Entry Into Port | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Skipper takes a massive risk, massive risk pays off...just.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This Australian Captain barely made it in to port.  This was pretty crazy.  I think I might have done the same thing, but he really SHOULD have sailed another two days for a safe entry.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Nepal-size earthquake in California could kill 1,800, study found

Nepal-size earthquake in California could kill 1,800, study found | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Both Nepal and California sit at the intersections of huge pieces of the Earth's crust. For Nepal, it is the Indian tectonic plate pushing into the Eurasian plate. For California, it is the Pacific plate sliding along the North American plate.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Geologically young places are cool, but they come with a downside: lots of tectonic activity.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Wedge of warm seawater known as 'the blob' blamed for marine havoc

Wedge of warm seawater known as 'the blob' blamed for marine havoc | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
It's called "the blob," and some blame it for the thousands of dead seabirds and emaciated sea lion pups that have washed ashore on California beaches since late last year.
more...
UCCE Sonoma County's curator insight, April 20, 11:31 AM

Interesting... but I'll also be withholding my bet until next April!

Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Sustainable seafood summit focuses on aquaculture and regulating imports

Sustainable seafood summit focuses on aquaculture and regulating imports | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
An annual summit on sustainable seafood kicked off Monday (Feb. 9) in New Orleans, focusing on reasons to promote national aquaculture efforts and better regulate imported farmed seafood. In her keynote address, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said...
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by PIRatE Lab from Amazing Science
Scoop.it!

Something Smells Fishy? New Device Sniffs Out Seafood Fraud

Something Smells Fishy? New Device Sniffs Out Seafood Fraud | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Handheld instrument does real-time nucleic acid testing to check if you're getting the fish you paid for.


Appreciate a well-cooked tuna steak or salmon wrapped in a sushi roll? There’s a good chance the fish sitting on your plate or in your grocery store’s seafood case is not what its label says it is, according to the ocean conservancy group Oceana. So you could be paying a premium for red snapper that’s really just plain old tilapia.


University of South Florida scientists have now made a handheld device that could help fight such seafood fraud. The instrument genetically verifies whether fish being called grouper is really grouper or less expensive, potentially harmful substitutes like catfish or mackerel. A quarter of grouper in the United States is mislabeled, according to Oceana, making it the fourth most commonly mislabeled fish in the country. Snapper was the most commonly mislabeled.


The Oceana study found that 33 percent of the 1200-plus seafood samples taken nationwide were mislabeled. This seafood fraud costs fishermen, the U.S. seafood industry, and consumers $20–25 billion annually, it calculates. In addition, fraud allows illegally caught fish to slip into the legal seafood trade and prevents consumers from making ecologically-friendly choices.


Today’s DNA barcoding methods for seafood identification analyze a sample’s DNA. While the price of gene sequencing has dropped in recent years, it still takes days and expensive lab equipment for accurate genetic identitification. The new device, on the other hand, purifies and amplifies a seafood sample’s RNA, or ribonucleic acid. The assay is simpler and works within 90 minutes. USF marine science professor John Paul and his colleagues have developed such assays to identify several microorganisms, and have now applied the technology to seafood identification. 


The researchers described the technology and its application in the journal Food Control. They are now developing assays for other commercially relevant species, and they’re also commercializing it through Tampa-based spinoff PureMolecular LLC. That company plans to start selling the machines for US $2000 by this summer, Reuters reports.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Salt Marsh Secrets — Tijuana Estuary : TRNERR

Salt Marsh Secrets — Tijuana Estuary : TRNERR | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

This e-book records favorite stories about salt marsh secrets that my collaborators and I uncovered while studying southern California coastal wetlands, from the 1970s to date. In 1986, we became the Pacific Estuarine Research Lab.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Strong hints of BP and the under appreciated scale of their lack of investment/maintenance in their lead up to the Deepwater Horizon blowout. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Great graphics and good overview of the unfolding situation.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

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.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Shell wins key federal approval for its Arctic oil drilling plans

Shell wins key federal approval for its Arctic oil drilling plans | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Shell's plan to take up oil drilling again this summer in remote Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea cleared a key  hurdle on Monday, winning approval from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.



"As we move forward, any offshore exploratory activities will continue to be subject
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Shell is once again set to take up oil drilling in American Arctic waters after winning approval from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which said it had accepted the company’s plan to drill up to six wells in the Chukchi Sea after concluding that the operations “would not cause any significant impacts” to the environment, residents, or animals. As part of the conditional approval, Shell must first obtain permits from the federal government and the state of Alaska.

Seasonal conditions in the Arctic mean that drilling can typically occur only over a four-month period, but a reduction of the ice due to climate change could ignite Arctic drilling aspirations. For many in industry, the news was welcome.

“The Chukchi Sea is widely seen as one of the last great unexplored conventional oil basins,” said Alison Wolters, an analyst with Wood MacKenzie’s Alaska and Gulf of Mexico programs. “A positive discovery this season would encourage the other operators to reconsider the region.”

Announcement of the news spurred environmental groups to express concern about Shell’s mishap-filled 2012 Arctic drilling season and about new operations in the harsh region, which has little capacity for emergency response but in which federal scientists believe some 15 million barrels of oil may be held.

On the heels of the BOEM’s greenlighting of renewed oil drilling in the Arctic, Christiana Figueres, who leads the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, noted that achieving net-zero emissions by 2100 means that many oil and gas reserves must remain untapped (subscription).

“We have absolutely no opinion about what governments do with companies that operate within their geographic boundaries," she said. "But there is an increasing amount of analysis that points to the fact that we will have to keep the great majority of fossil fuels underground.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

House panel holds hearing on 'politically driven science'—sans scientists

House panel holds hearing on 'politically driven science'—sans scientists | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Discussion delves into role of government research
PIRatE Lab's insight:

It continues.  Very disappointing.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

A zip-line in Runyon Canyon? No way, Hollywood Hills West residents say

A zip-line in Runyon Canyon? No way, Hollywood Hills West residents say | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
They had high hopes for transporting people through Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. Instead they came out of a meeting with zip.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

How Teachers Are Engaging Students With Data & Graphs

How Teachers Are Engaging Students With Data & Graphs | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Dr. James Baglin is a lecturer of Statistisics in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He recently hosted a plot-off in his biostats course at...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

Vanuatu coastal fisheries under pressure after Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu coastal fisheries under pressure after Cyclone Pam | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says it is concerned that coastal fisheries in Vanuatu are coming under increased pressure from overfishing after Cyclone Pam.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by PIRatE Lab
Scoop.it!

The Woodlands Conservancy Preserves An Endangered Ecosystem

The Woodlands Conservancy Preserves An Endangered Ecosystem | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Woodlands Conservancy is creating a legacy for future generations by preserving and developing an ecosystem of coastal hardwood forest dedicated to public
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by PIRatE Lab from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

China building 'great wall of sand' in South China Sea

China building 'great wall of sand' in South China Sea | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The scale of China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is leading to "serious questions" on its intentions, a top US official says.

 

China is building artificial land by pumping sand on to live coral reefs - some of them submerged - and paving over them with concrete. China has now created over 4sq/km (1.5 sq miles) of artificial landmass.  China is creating a great wall of sand with dredges and bulldozers over the course of months.

 

Tags: borders, political, conflict, water, China, East Asia.


Via Seth Dixon
PIRatE Lab's insight:

In addition to the original BBC article, here is another article from the Telegraph with some aerial imagery showing the extent of this geo-engineering project.  This has plenty of geopolitical implications and the United States government is on record saying that it is "concerned."

more...
LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 3, 8:54 AM

Geopolitical Terraforming?

Danielle Lip's curator insight, April 6, 9:16 PM

Pumping in sand to cover coral reef and create more land is a very inventive way to make new territory, using concrete and placing bulldozers and other machinery is helping China gain more land and gain more access in the South China Sea yet this who pumping is making people question and causing places such as the Philippines to  file complaints saying they will not be associated with the whole plan that China has. Why is China exactly pumping sand and spreading concrete over the live coral reefs? Does China know they are killing live animals and plants underneath the sea? 

While looking into the matter I found that China believed the whole act of reclaiming land to be "entirely within China's sovereignty and are totally justifiable". Now people all over the world are focused on land and power, not about other social matters. This land pumping is not only causing conflict but it is creating more opportunity to better work and living conditions.

Bob Beaven's curator insight, April 16, 2:41 PM

China is a large and powerful nation that is not afraid of flexing military muscle to its smaller neighbors.  The developments of China building artificial land to strengthen its claim in the region shows how determined the country is to have its claims honored.  It also shows that China will stop at nothing to have regions were resources could be to aid in the countries economic growth.  However, China is causing a great deal of controversy through its actions.  Also, China's neighbors are becoming increasingly frustrated with the large nation, yet they are all much smaller nations that really can't prevent the Chinese from doing what they want, especially with China declaring it won't listen to what the UN has to say.  China is a country that is not afraid of strongman politics to get what it wants.