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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

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Welcome to our 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 we are interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to document, restore, and conserve coastal ecosystems and improve the overall management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you'll find postings that reflect our deep, continuing interest in:

 

- riparian, wetland, beach, & reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Management 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports & harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- coastal ecology & natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality & ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historical coastal perspectives & relationship to our world ocean



If any of these posts whet your appetite, you might also be interested in some of our other research, teaching, and updates:
 
- Pirate Lab's home (links to our various blogs): http://piratelab.org/
- Coastal Management podcasts: http://bit.ly/2z4oiTw
- YouTube videos (lectures, field, & lab videos): http://bit.ly/2gA7Wa9
- RestoringNOLA twiter feed: https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA


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Interior chief Zinke to leave administration

Interior chief Zinke to leave administration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will depart the administration amid growing controversy over allegations that he violated ethics rules, President Trump announced Saturday.
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Monitoring and Mapping Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems

Monitoring and Mapping Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Advancements in satellite remote sensing techniques are paving the way toward the development of high resolution and temporal maps of marine microplastic distribution.
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Study Shows Oil Impacts in Deep-Sea Coral Colonies Seven Years After Deepwater Horizon

Study Shows Oil Impacts in Deep-Sea Coral Colonies Seven Years After Deepwater Horizon | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Researchers analyzed high-definition imagery of over three hundred deep-sea coral colonies from 2011 – 2017 to quantify their recovery from the oil spill.
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Trump administration poised to strip protections from up to 80% of California waters, millions of acres nationwide

The Trump administration plans to strip Clean Water Act protections from millions of acres of streams and wetlands, including as much as 80% of the waters in California and the arid West. Its rollback of the Obama-era Clean Water rule comes at the behest of big agriculture interests.
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Climate Change Does More Than 'Maybe Contribute a Little Bit': Debunking Trump's California Wildfire Claims

Climate Change Does More Than 'Maybe Contribute a Little Bit': Debunking Trump's California Wildfire Claims | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
What research tells us about the impact of climate change, forest management, and more on California's fires.
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Mudslide Risk in Southern California Wildfire Zones Prompts Evacuation of Thousands - The New York Times

Mudslide Risk in Southern California Wildfire Zones Prompts Evacuation of Thousands - The New York Times | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Heavy rains and the threat of mudslides in Southern California forced the closure of a key coastal highway near Malibu on Thursday and prompted authorities to order evacuations of almost 3,000 residents from hillside areas scarred by recent wildfires.
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Freshwater Is Getting Saltier, Threatening People and Wildlife

Freshwater Is Getting Saltier, Threatening People and Wildlife | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
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Salt used to de-ice roads and sidewalks to keep people safe is increasing salinity in rivers and streams by as much as 50%
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California’s Economic Split Pits West vs. East

California’s Economic Split Pits West vs. East | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Along the coast, communities have largely bounced back from the recession, but inland areas are still struggling with high unemployment and a persistent housing crisis.

 

For those that have lived in California, northern California and southern California are oftentimes how people conceptually regionalize the state, and rightfully so based on cultural patterns.  Economically the more useful distinct might be coastal vs. interior.  "Many counties along the state’s western coastline have median household incomes well above some inland communities like Sacramento, Fresno and Riverside. The Bay Area counties of Marin, San Mateo and San Francisco have the state’s lowest jobless rates, while nearby inland counties like Merced and San Benito have among the highest.  San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, with their many vacant homes, and parts of the Central Valley near Sacramento have among the highest foreclosure rates."


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The coast is valuable!
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Southland storm was much stronger than forecasters predicted, catching officials off guard

Southland storm was much stronger than forecasters predicted, surprising officials
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Red Tide = Dead Tide?

Red Tide = Dead Tide? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, four dead dolphins were towed from Marco Island beaches, along with a mature dead male loggerhead sea turtle. It was also reported that about 15 dead dolphins also washed ashore in Naples during this same timeframe. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), "There was a spike of 22 bottlenose dolphin mortalities over the holiday weekend in Lee and Collier counties. Experts suspect it is red tide. A total of 92 bottlenose dolphins in Southwest Florida are confirmed dead from the red tide in an Unusual Mortality Event declared by NOAA." Kim Amendola of NOAA said that 16 of those dolphins tested positive for red tide. "We suspect this is likely the cause of death for the others," said Amendola, "however final test results may take weeks to months to get back." Birds have been dying on our beaches in record numbers. Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida has been picking up dead birds since November 11. Per his count, he averaged about
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High dolphin mortality rate may be due to red tide.
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Survey again shows drop in halibut stocks in Gulf of Alaska

Survey again shows drop in halibut stocks in Gulf of Alaska | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Things aren’t looking good for many Alaska halibut fishermen next year, though official quota limit decisions are still to come.
Tania Arteaga's insight:
Halibut stocks dropped year after year from the late 1990s to 2011, and recent (2018) drops in stock biomass project further decreases for 2019 to 2021. Commercial halibut catch (23.5 million pounds) is at an all-time low for the past 10 years; halibut mortality from recreational catch went about 5% lower than 2017; bycatch mortality fell to the lowest point since 1962.
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Huge cliff collapse in Cornwall captured by woman walking her dog

Huge cliff collapse in Cornwall captured by woman walking her dog | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A large cliff section collapsing onto a beach in Cornwall was caught on camera by a woman taking her dog for a walk. Deborah Smith witnessed the dramatic coastal erosion at Lyntone Cliffs near Bude around 4pm on Monday afternoon, when she “saw the rocks moving and quickly videoed it” using her mobile phone. Ms Smith, 54, said she ran away from the cliff edge shortly after the land plunged onto the beach below.
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Recycling Industry Crisis Hits Coastal Firm

Recycling Industry Crisis Hits Coastal Firm | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Owners of the company that provides curbside recycling services for Hatteras Island were recently hit with a big spike in landfill tipping fees, part of a growing challenge for recycling businesses nationwide.
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The fight for equal rights in agriculture

The fight for equal rights in agriculture | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The latest episode of SARE’s Our Farms, Our Future podcast features Savi Horne, the executive director of the Land Loss Prevention Project in North Carolina i
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Energy Fault Lines at the UN Talks

The biggest news and trends in energy, business and politics by Ben Geman, with Amy Harder. Weekday mornings
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Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas

Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The government rejects language affirming severity of warming as battle lines sharpen at climate summit in Poland.
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Why coastal Carolina may never recover from its intensifying hurricanes

Why coastal Carolina may never recover from its intensifying hurricanes | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Coastal hurricanes are leaving behind toxic algal blooms, a new silent threat to water quality. It is one of three ways that these storms are changing North Carolina for good.
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In advance, satellites reveal hidden hot spots of ammonia pollution

In advance, satellites reveal hidden hot spots of ammonia pollution | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Improved monitoring could help regulators track smog-causing emissions
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Modern technology is enabling us to better track and monitor emissions from large scale feedlots and factories. 
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Tadashi Sturdivant's curator insight, December 9, 6:01 PM
The list negative effects of large scale animal farms to our environment is growing. Not only does cattle industry consume the majority of our fresh water and is the number one cause of methane gas in our atmosphere, there feces causes smog and air pollution. This industry needs to be curtailed....and Im a meat eater. I suppose the answer lies in better personal decisions made by consumers.
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Coastal Warning: An Unwelcome Messenger on the Risks of Rising Seas

Coastal Warning: An Unwelcome Messenger on the Risks of Rising Seas | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Marine scientist Orrin Pilkey has long been cautioning about sea level rise and the folly of building and rebuilding along coastlines. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about why an eventual retreat from oceanfront property on the U.S. coast is inevitable.
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NGOs call on EU fisheries ministers to fulfill CFP targets

NGOs call on EU fisheries ministers to fulfill CFP targets | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Pew Charitable Trusts, Seas At Risk, Oceana and others jointly signed the letter calling for commitments which would see EU fisheries fulfill CFP targets
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They welcome the long-term progress towards more sustainable fisheries which has helped to the enhance profitability of many segments of the European fleet.
 
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The $3 billion map: scientists pool oceans of data to plot Earth's final frontier

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For experts in the field of ocean mapping it is no small irony that we know more about the surfaces of the Moon and Mars than we do about our planet's sea floor.
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NASA studies a rarity— growing Louisiana deltas

NASA studies a rarity— growing Louisiana deltas | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Louisiana coastline is sinking under the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of about one football field of land every hour (about 18 square miles of land lost in a year). But within this sinking region, two river deltas are growing. The Atchafalaya River and its diversion channel, Wax Lake Outlet, are gaining about one football field of new land every 11 and 8 hours, respectively (1.5 and 2 square miles per year). Last fall, a team from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, showed that radar, lidar and spectral instruments mounted on aircraft can be used to study the growing deltas, collecting data that can help scientists better understand how coastal wetlands will respond to global sea level rise.
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These images show how the Atchafalaya River delta is growing in Louisiana! This is exciting because so much landmass has been lost. 
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Climate change: Greenland ice sheet melt contributes to sea-level rise

Climate change: Greenland ice sheet melt contributes to sea-level rise | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The melting of Greenland's massive ice sheet has now accelerated, scientists announced Wednesday, and shows no signs of slowing down, according to a new study.
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Greenlands Ice sheet is melting, under the intense pressures of global warming, at an accelerate rate. Greenlands melting ice sheet will disrupt many ecosystems who rely on the solid ice and is a large contribution to rising sea-levels, threatening low lying lands and islands around the world. 
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As California wildfires displace low-income residents in wine country, tech industry continues to bolster Bay Area wealth

California’s booming tech industry is legendary for pouring increasing wealth into the San Francisco Bay Area, but a recent government analysis suggests that a far more primitive force is now helping to shape income demographics in the region — wildfire.
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