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The polar vortex has frozen invasive creepy crawlers in their tracks, but survivors live to resupply the ranks

The polar vortex has frozen invasive creepy crawlers in their tracks, but survivors live to resupply the ranks | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Invasive pests are hard to eliminate, but the cold winter may significantly thin the ranks of some species.
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No fancy tech...just increasingly bizarre temperature swings.  

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California Coastal Commission approves aquaculture facility off Long Beach shore

The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday approved the state’s first aquaculture farm to be located in federal waters about eight miles offshore of Long Beach.Known as Catalina Sea Ranch,
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This effort offers the opoprtunity to supply shellfish to local So Cal markets with markedly reduced carbon footprints.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, January 11, 2014 11:27 AM

Our first mariculture facility in federal waters off of the California coast.  Cool beans!

 

While the cltivation of non-native species is normally a red flag, in this case the cat is long, long out of the bag across the entire west coast.  As such, this was a non-issue.

 

While California has lots of good intentions with our strong environmental laws, they have in many instances acted to quash innovation and coastal-dependent industries (this is why, for example, we have no offshore alternative energy production...even though we design and create systems that get installed in Oregon, Mexico, etc.).