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Paul Greenberg - So Much Ocean, So Little Domestic Fish

Paul Greenberg - So Much Ocean, So Little Domestic Fish | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
For Author Paul Greenberg So much Ocean, so Little Domestic Fish
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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 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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Local scientists: Algae issues possible here North Florida

As algal blooms are killing marine life, ruining vacations and signaling growing environmental concerns, the beaches in North Florida remain as pristine and enjoyable as ever.Does that mean we don't have to worry about serious Red Tide or other harmful algal bloom outbreaks here? Not necessarily, according to a pair of local scientists.[gh:iframe src="https://omny.fm/shows/listen-this-day-in-history/playlists/podcast/embed?style=cover" width="100%" height="300" frameborder="0"][/gh:iframe]Cliff
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Attorney General Becerra: Illegal Attempt to Rollback Safety Rules by Trump Administration Risks Another Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

Attorney General Becerra: Illegal Attempt to Rollback Safety Rules by Trump Administration Risks Another Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a comment letter before the U.S. Department of Interior expressing grave concerns over a proposal to rollback Blowout Preventer and Well Control regulations written in the aftermath of the 2010 British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil tragedy. Eight years ago, an explosion tore through BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killing eleven workers and unleashing a torrent of crude oil for 87 consecutive days.
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First came the proclamations against Trump's offshore drilling plan. Now comes the legislation

With the Trump administration proposing to open California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale, state lawmakers are trying to close one more loophole to fight a threat that for decades had not seemed possible.
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Yosemite reopens to a surreal scene of smoke, tourists and flames in the distance

The unprecedented closure of Yosemite ends, but the legacy of deadly fire continues.
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More than 50% of this California county has burned since 2012. Some residents say they've had enough

The biggest fire in California history is a grim reminder for Lake County residents of how their area has become an epicenter for fires. And it has sparked debate for some residents about whether living in this rural enclave is worth it.
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I worked the orchards of Lake County as a kid and many of my relatives still call this county home.  We are on track for at least 60% of this county to be burned in the past 6 years
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This Trump official used to be a farm industry lobbyist. Now he's attacking the Endangered Species Act

Former agribusiness lobbyist David Bernhardt offers a cynical attack on the Endangered Species Act in the Washington Post.
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The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible

The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The processor that makes your laptop or cell phone work was fabricated using quartz from this obscure Appalachian backwater.
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Jury rules Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, awards man $289 million

A jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto’s Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, the man’s lawyers said.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
The ecotoxicology and associated policy of human-created compounds is something of a joke here in the United States.  The burden of proof in large measure lies with the folks making the claim that a particular substance is dangerous, NOT with the creator of the substance to show it is harmless or minimally negative given the potential benefits.

This is coming to a head this week in the media thanks to the just-announced settlement of a California jury to award a former grounds keeper an insanely huge settlement for (purportedly) inducing cancer after significant exposure to Round-Up (glyphosate).

It is instructive to understand a bit of the background here via these links:

Political lobbying to ignore scientific studies: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dow-pesticides-trump-20170420-story.html

Establishing fake external/peer review of the "science": https://usrtk.org/gmo/academics-review-the-making-of-a-monsanto-front-group/

Body burden of glyphosate in women in agricultural areas: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28422580

Overview of (Observational, not in-situ experimental work): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4895883/ ;

EPA's Default Toxicological Profile: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/01/268620.pdf


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At Interior, we’re ready to bring the Endangered Species Act up to date

At Interior, we’re ready to bring the Endangered Species Act up to date | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
We have proposed changes to achieve the greatest good in the longest term.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
The biggest problem with the ESA is the intentional defunding of assessments and biological recovery plans...part of the motivation to give wider protection to "only" threatened species.  To get to "threatened" is a major red alter.  The author here hopes to convince you that this is some very preliminary stage of concern for species.  The reality is that we need to act much more swiftly and decisively if we are to conserve a decent portion of our remaining biological heritage.  These comments and arguments ring as hollow when coming from the administrators who seek increasing take of everything from wolves to sage grouse.  The policies emanating from the Interior Department these days are all too often devoid of scientific basis and rely on anecdotal or cherry-picked data rather than objective interrogation.

While we always need to be wary of ad hominem attacks, in this case Mr. Bernhardts lobbying history and association with poor-crafted attempts to undermine the ESA are relevant to understanding where these alterations to the ESA may be coming from: https://www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/politics/david-bernhardt-confirmed-deputy-secretary-interior-department/index.html
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Ending deforestation: A collective effort

Ending deforestation: A collective effort | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Sponsored: Stakeholder collaboration and data-centric sensing technology are emerging as essential ingredients in reducing deforestation.
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Mendocino Complex fire now largest in California history, capping a destructive year

As residents whose homes were threatened by the deadly Carr Fire in Redding begin to return home, the Mendocino Complex Fire in Lake County grew again overnight to become the largest wildfire in California's history, officials said.
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Thomas Fire is now (amazingly) only the second largest fire in state history!
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1,200-acre brush fire explodes in Orange County; canyon residents evacuated

The Orange County Fire Authority said the Holy fire had burned more than 1,000 acres at a “rapid rate of spread.”
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California homeowners get to pass low property taxes to their kids. It's proved highly profitable to an elite group

A generation of California homeowners enjoy a significant perk that keeps their property tax bill low. Part of that is thanks to Proposition 13, which has strictly limited property tax increases since 1978. But they also benefit from an additional tax break, enacted eight years later.
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Hitting close to home...
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Study says visitors glad to spend more for cleaner beaches

What's a clean beach worth? According to one economist, it could be worth tens of millions to beach communities.In an article first published by The Conversation, Ohio State economist Timothy Haab said that a study of visitors to 31 beaches in Southern California found that they would be willing to incur $12.91 in additional costs per trip if each of the beaches had 25 percent less debris.He said that translated into a total willingness to pay $29.5 million for action to reduce marine debris by
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A look back at New Orleans' 300-year-long drainage drama

A look back at New Orleans' 300-year-long drainage drama | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
This month marks a year since the Aug. 5, 2017 flash flood and subsequent investigations in New Orleans.
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Researchers Say Great White Sharks Continue To Grow In Numbers Along Santa Barbara County Coastline

Researchers Say Great White Sharks Continue To Grow In Numbers Along Santa Barbara County Coastline | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Tourists aren’t the only ones from outside of Santa Barbara County that like to visit the region’s scenic coastline. Researchers say it’s become am
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Was Smokey Bear Wrong? How a beloved character may have helped fuel catastrophic fires

Was Smokey Bear Wrong? How a beloved character may have helped fuel catastrophic fires | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
First off, let's ditch "the." It's officially "Smokey Bear." The definite article only got shoehorned in there in 1952, when his fame was snowballing and a pair of songwriters penned Smokey his own anthem. They jammed "the" into his name for the song's rhythm.
Second: know he only got his job because Bambi was contractually unavailable. Had Walt Disney been a little more open about loaning out his prancing cartoon deer for government work, Americans may have never heard of Smokey Bear or his famous catchphrase: "Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires."
But Bambi had merchandise to hawk at the Magic Kingdom, so Smokey became the face of American forestry - and the longest-running public service campaign in the country's history.
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A horse was neglected by its owner. Now the horse is suing.

A horse was neglected by its owner. Now the horse is suing. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Animal rights lawyers contend that the neglected animal should be allowed to sue
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Hundreds of sea potatoes cover Penzance beach

Hundreds of sea potatoes cover Penzance beach | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A walker found the "odd-looking" sea creatures while walking on a Cornish beach.
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California inmates fighting the record wildfires are likely to be later denied firefighting jobs 

California inmates fighting the record wildfires are likely to be later denied firefighting jobs  | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
It's due to strict occupational licensing laws.
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An original Rosie the Riveter, who worked the production line until age 95, visits Chula Vista where it all began

An original Rosie the Riveter, who worked the production line until age 95, visits Chula Vista where it all began
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The coastal zone has had many, many, many uses over the years.  Very interesting to see the same production plant is in use (albeit updated/modified) today.
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Coastal officials vote to tear down sea wall protecting Laguna Beach mansion

The Coastal Commission voted Thursday to order a Laguna Beach couple to pay $1 million and tear down a seawall that is protecting a multi-million home. The seawall is illegal, officials say, and causes the public beach in front of the home to disappear. The homeowners say the law is on their side.
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In a strikingly ignorant tweet, Trump gets almost everything about California wildfires wrong

Trump's tweet about California fires shows he doesn't understand anything about the climate or water.
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The amount of blatantly ignorant and actively deceptive information in the face of unfolding natural disasters and management challenges is unprecedented (in the United States) in the modern era.
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Venezuela attack shows drones can become assassins. Here's how they can be grounded

The attempt to assassinate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduras with explosives-laden drones has put the spotlight on technology used to thwart drone attacks.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
Reality is hard to grasp in governments such as the information-free zones of #Venezuela and #Maduras but I'll given them the benefit of the doubt and say this might have happened.  Funny how much press this story is getting because it has the word "drone" in it.
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup array to launch in Pacific Ocean

Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup array to launch in Pacific Ocean | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
On September 8, a group called The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a plastic cleanup system into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Several experts argue that the cleanup system won't work and could do more harm than good.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
Heart is in the right place, but this won't work.  We must deal with the source issue.
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