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The Louder the Reef, the Better Its Health

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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A noisier coral reef is going to be a healthier reef, a new study finds.

Researchers from Exeter University and the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences, both in England, found a clear association between overall noise level generated by a reef’s denizens and the amount of living coral present: Healthy reefs mean more coral structures, more fish and other creatures calling that coral home; and more inhabitants mean more noise.

This finding could change the way scientists monitor reefs, and give insight into behavior seen in juvenile fish, the researchers said…

Read Original Article, LiveScience

Italy Bans the Plastic Water Bottle Along Heritage Coastline

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo source: ©© Peter

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Hikers and tourists visiting one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of coastline, the Cinque Terre, have been banned from carrying plastic bottles of water amid fears that the area is being “buried” in rubbish. Instead they will be asked to pay one euro for reusable, metal flasks which can be filled up from newly-installed public water fountains…

Read Full Article, Telegraph UK

European Coastal Nations to Create Marine Protected Areas and Review Offshore Drilling

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Ibiza, Mediterranean sea. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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European coastal nations agreed Friday to review rules for offshore drilling, but said each country should decide individually on how to improve safety oil rig safety to avoid disasters like the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Amid opposition from Norway, Britain and Denmark, a German proposal suggesting a suspension of some deep-water drilling operations was rejected at a meeting of 15 European nations and the European Union in the west coast city of Bergen.

Read Full Article, the Daily Caller

Europe to Create Marine Protected Areas: This moment is historic, it is a world first, AFP

Oil Lingering in Waters off Alabama, Mississippi and Florida Beaches

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BP oil spill. Photo source: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley.

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A good deal of oil remains in the shallow waters closest to the beaches in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, according to a federal team using shovels and snorkeling gear to survey the coastline for submerged oil.

The team found tarballs washing ashore with every wave Wednesday morning in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. And just off the beach, in about 3 feet of water, the team found bands of oil buried under 4 or 5 inches of clean sand…

Read Full Article, Press Register

World’s Largest Wind Farm Opens Off UK Coast

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Photo source: ©© Adam Foster

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In the United Kingdom today, excitement was afoot as the world’s largest offshore wind power installation opened officially today off the coast of Kent.

The 300 MW farm was constructed by Swedish alternative energy firm Vattenfall AB. It is located on the North Sea, on the east face of the island, approximately 2 hours east of the capital city of London…

Read Full Article , Daily Tech.

Gulf Oil Spill’s Vastness Confirmed: Largest Marine Oil Accident Ever

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Heavy band of oil from the Deepwater Horizon, seen during an overflight on May 12, 2010. Captions and Photo source: NOAA

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BP’s leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now, questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it.

Initially after the April 20 explosion, officials claimed that the flow could not be measured. Then, as public pressure for information mounted, they looked for ways to measure it, and started producing estimates: at first, 1,000 barrels a day; then 5,000; then 12,000 to 19,000; then upward from there.

Now, in the first independent, peer-reviewed paper on the leak’s volume, scientists have affirmed heightened estimates of what is now acknowledged as the largest marine oil accident ever.

Using a new technique to analyze underwater video of the well riser, they say it leaked some 56,000 to 68,000 barrels daily, maybe more, until the first effective cap was installed, on July 15…

Read Full Article, The Earth Institute at Columbia University / Science Daily

80 More Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand Beach

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Beached pilot whales, New Zealand. Photo source: ©© Angieandsteeve

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At least 40 out of 80 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote northern New Zealand beach have died, and more whales are joining them on land, officials said Wednesday.

It is the second mass beaching in the region in a month…

Read Full Article, AP / The Hindu

August 2010, Karikari Beach, 58 pilot whales beached themselves.

Autopsies on 49 Dead Whales Ruled Out

Dirty secrets at Britain’s Blue-Flagged Beaches

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Photo source: ©© Griffin Guiding

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At least one in four of Britain’s premier bathing beaches are failing to meet the strict requirements of their “Blue Flag” designation, freedom of information requests to local authorities and beach operators have found.

The result is that tens of thousands of bathers who believe they have been swimming in Britain’s cleanest waters may have unknowingly been exposed to raw sewage, according to anti-pollution group Surfers against Sewage (SAS). The beaches in question have no system in place to monitor daily sewage pollution or to warn people if an overflow occurs. SAS says they should be stripped of their status…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

British Beaches Swamped with Pollution, Guardian UK

Revealed: Our Contaminated Beaches, Scotland

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Pristine St Nina’s Tombolo, Scotland. Photo courtesy of ©Norma Longo.

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Seventeen of Scotland’s most beautiful and popular beaches have been found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of sewage, as the bathing season comes to an end.

The pollution comes from overflowing sewers and from animal faeces washed off the land by rain. It can cause stomach, skin or ear infections and in extreme cases can be lethal for surfers, bathers and paddlers…

Read Full Article, Herald Scotland


Hurricane Igor Aftermath Expected to Create Epic Surf Competition in Scotland

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The tail-end of a hurricane that has already battered Bermuda is expected to create “epic” conditions this weekend for the first ever north-east stop of a national surf competition.

Igor, the strongest storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season so far, is expected to affect the coast of Fraserburgh this weekend as scores of professional surfers and extreme sports fans descend on the town.

The UK Professional Surf Tour, which visits 10 beaches every summer, will roll into the Broch on Saturday, making it only the second Scottish town the tour has visited in its 12-year history.

Organisers are predicting 10ft waves.

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Fraserburgh beach, Scotland

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