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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
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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

 

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

 

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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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Washington Wildlife Officials Kill Half Of Profanity Peak Wolf Pack

Washington Wildlife Officials Kill Half Of Profanity Peak Wolf Pack | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said it has killed six wolves in the Profanity Peak Pack. Members of that pack are blamed for at least 12 cattle kills in the northeastern part of the state.

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Biocubes: Life In One Cubic Foot | Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Biocubes: Life In One Cubic Foot | Smithsonian Ocean Portal | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
How much life can you find in one cubic foot?

The answer will surprise you. It turns out, quite a lot! Biocubes are hollow one foot cubic frames, that can be placed almost anywhere. They have been used to study mussel beds, rivers, trees, fields, coral reefs, and even the ocean midwater where there is nothing to cling to and no place to hide. 

The Biocube program was inspired by a feature article in National Geographic that involved Smithsonian scientists and led to a book, "A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity." The sites featured in the book were documented by photographer David Liittschwager, assisted by a professional field crew and in consultation with various biologists. David set out to document how much life would pass through one cubic foot over the course of a normal day. The cubes were placed around the world and highlighted the staggering biodiversity revealed by studying one cubic foot at a time. Almost every cubic foot sampled yielded more than a hundred different species. Because of the standard sampling size, biocubes can be used to show interesting differences among living communities from different continents, different habitats, and wild versus domesticated land.

Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Fund for maintaining Bolsa Chica wetlands is running out of money

Fund for maintaining Bolsa Chica wetlands is running out of money | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A restoration project in 2006 revived Orange County's wetlands preserve, turning into a favorite nesting ground for migratory birds and a habitat for sea life. But the state fund set aside to keep the preserve thriving is running low on cash.
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Orange County judge rules that Coastal Commission cannot prevent repairs to sea wall at mobile home park

Orange County judge rules that Coastal Commission cannot prevent repairs to sea wall at mobile home park | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Judge rules that Coastal Commission cannot prevent repairs to sea wall at mobile home park
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Migrations in Motion - The Nature Conservancy

Migrations in Motion - The Nature Conservancy | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Data visualization showing projected direction 2900 species need to move to track climate change
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Researchers from University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy modeled potential habitat for 2,954 species using climate change projections and the climatic needs of each species. 

Using flow models from electronic circuit theory, they plotted movement routes for each species, connecting current habitats with their projected locations under climate change.

This is recalls the new batch of realtime and archival data animations of wind and abiotic data starting a few years back(e.g. http://hint.fm/wind/ from Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg and https://earth.nullschool.net by Cameron Beccaria).

Cool visualizations!
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Ace Hardware stores start labeling 'orca-friendly' products on shelves

Ace Hardware stores start labeling 'orca-friendly' products on shelves | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Ace Hardware stores in Washington state are using a new label to show which products won't hurt the marine environment.
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These Louisiana politicians are demanding flood aid, but voted against Sandy relief

These Louisiana politicians are demanding flood aid, but voted against Sandy relief | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
These Louisiana politicians are demanding emergency aid for their constituents, but voted against Superstorm Sandy relief in 2014.
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This is a tough one.  Do you penalize the people of Louisiana for myopic vision and anti-science views?  I suspect the initial answer of many is "no."  But how does that square with the electorate voting in these foolish and hyper partisans who deny the very threats to their communities in the first place?

The best answer would be to elect in folks who can actually process facts and science honestly and accurately BEFORE making their policy decision or determination on a given piece of legislation.  The challenge of course is that the folks in Louisiana are hurting now and need help before the next election cycle.
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Ashaninka: The Fight for Trees and Rights

Edgar Sermeño Durand was hiking through the pristine jungles of his native Perú when a group of indigenous people captured him and his friend. He soon learned their hostility towards outsiders stemmed from their ongoing battle against illegal loggers.
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Hundreds Rescued from Ferry Ablaze off Puerto

Hundreds Rescued from Ferry Ablaze off Puerto | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Hundreds of people were rescued from a smoldering passenger ferry ship that caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the U.S.
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Wow!  Huge fire.  Looks like the Coast Guard has it under control now.
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One step closer to preservation

One step closer to preservation | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the sprawling Alamos Canyon will soon come under the ownership of the Rancho
Simi Recreation and Park District, which has been working for two years to preserve the site as open space.
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A good, small example of the kind of often quite work land management and land trust organizations do every day.  This example is eastern Ventura County is part of a key corridor linking our coastal mountains with those more inland.  

Reminder: we tend to focus on hills and mountains as the flatlands have generally all been destroyed/developed already.
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A Brief History of Voyages Through the Northwest Passage

A Brief History of Voyages Through the Northwest Passage | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
As Crystal Serenity cruise ship becomes one of the biggest ships to go through the route, here's a look back at its long, icy history
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It is hard to underestimate how significant this is.  The illusive dream is finally a reality...but just not for the good kind of reasons.
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Lake Okeechobee: a time warp for polluted water

Lake Okeechobee: a time warp for polluted water | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Thirty years and $2 billion later, Lake Okeechobee pollution remains three to four times higher than target limits set in 2000 while the state focused clean-up efforts to the south, where a federal lawsuit set strict limits on pollution.
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The answers here should have been straightforward.  But the reality was that they were politically difficult, requiring actual leadership and the expenditure of funds to reign in selfish, short-term benefits to few at the expense of everything else.

Florida is (unfortunately) a basket case when it comes to water quality and serious efforts to bolster sustainable systems.
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'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island

'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia.
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So those old emergency signals actually work.  Super cool!
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Malibu Beachgoers Celebrate the Return of Sand

Malibu Beachgoers Celebrate the Return of Sand | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Summer 2016. Surf? Check. Sun? Check. Rip tides? Check. Sand? Not so much. 

Via kiki patsch
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Obama to create the largest protected place on the planet, off Hawaii

Obama to create the largest protected place on the planet, off Hawaii | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Expansion of 2006 monument will protect rare corals, fish, birds and marine mammals
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4 things we know from 100 years of ocean temperature data

4 things we know from 100 years of ocean temperature data | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
This week, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography marked 100 years of continuous, daily measurement of the ocean temperature and salinity from the Scripps Pier.
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A dangerous confluence on the California coast: beach erosion and sea level rise

A dangerous confluence on the California coast: beach erosion and sea level rise | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Two things are happening simultaneously along the coast, and it's critical that we know more about each of them. One is beach erosion, the other is sea level rise.
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I trapped lizards in Los Angeles because their DNA holds secrets

I trapped lizards in Los Angeles because their DNA holds secrets | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
How do lizards cross the road? Their DNA suggests they don't
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Nice piece about habitat fragmentation here in our Santa Monica Mountains, but with an uncommon focus on smaller critters rather than the big, furry charismatic predators.
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USCG Assists Disabled Fishing Vessel near Honolulu

USCG Assists Disabled Fishing Vessel near Honolulu | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Coast Guard safely towed a disabled 46-foot commercial fishing vessel with three persons aboard back to the Port of Honolulu, Friday.
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Russia Ramps Up Its Military Presence In The

Russia Ramps Up Its Military Presence In The | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A new era of dominance in a polar region opening up. The size and scale of Russia's military activities in the Arctic are | By
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Every year now we see more and more arctic vessels, bases, shipping routes, etc.

Certainly a changing world.
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Meet the 22-year-old with a big idea for cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Meet the 22-year-old with a big idea for cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
For the past six years, 22-year-old Boyan Slat has been working to perfect a way to filter vast amounts of plastics out of the world's oceans. He has a prototype now that might just prove successful.
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Cracking the code of comb jelly culture!

Our cunning aquarists and colleagues cracked the code of comb jelly culture! Duck behind the scenes of our Jelly Lab for the scoop! Ready for a deeper dive
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Awesome!  Some of my favorites
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Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date…
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Interesting.  I didn't realize the demand in new building that cruise ships still command.
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Is the Oil Industry Dying? — Pacific Standard

Is the Oil Industry Dying? — Pacific Standard | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The peak oil controversy stages a comeback as the industry confronts a future of higher costs — and low prices.
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5 Unusual New Orleans Museums You Should Visit

5 Unusual New Orleans Museums You Should Visit | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Discover one-of-a-kind collections across the Crescent City
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Some great places to see on your next visit to New Orleans.  I would also add in here the Insectarium and (my favorite) the Pharmacy Museum. Of course the Historic New Orleans Collection is a must.

I would also add in the Cabildo on Jackson Square.

And while it is not much of a museum per se, I would also encourage folks to go check outage Levee outdoor "Museum" which is more of an open air exhibit explaining how the Levees along London Avenue Canal breached during Hurricane Katrina (it is free and open 24 hours).

Avoid most of the other bigger, promoted spaces (like the Aquarium of the Americas, WWII Museum, etc.).  They are fine, but won't give you as good a picture of the diverse goings on in this neck of the woods as these listed spots.

We just hit the Whitney for the first time last month.  It was awesome!

The big glaring absence here is a formal interpretation/museum of the Levee Failures that flooded the City of New Orleans in 2005.  Where are you National Park Service?!?  This is part of our national story too, you know.
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