Ecosystem Destruction

Massive sand tubes being constructed in Walton County, Florida Massive sand tubes being constructed in Walton County, Florida under the ecologically-appealing euphemism of "dune enhancement devices." Photo: Gary Appleson, Caribbean Conservation Corporation.

A variety of threatened or endangered organisms use the beach as a vital part of their life cycle. The nearshore ecosystem extends from the meiofauna that exist between sand grains to the carnivorous fish that roam the surf zone.

Components include birds that feed and nest on the beach such as the piping plover (US east coast) and various turtles that lay their eggs here. The first steps in protecting birds, turtle nests and the rest of this ecosystem must be the protection of a natural, un-engineered beach.

Another major threat to beach ecosystems around the world is the ever increasing human population in coastal areas. The global migration of people towards the coast causes competition between humans and other species and humans usually negatively impact other species. New construction in coastal communities destroys beach ecosystems with every parking lot paved, road expanded, or sand dune lost. This increase also puts a burden on sanitation systems, transportation networks, and increases pollution in these diverse ecosystems.


Surfing in / Ecosystem Destruction

Another child run over in Volusia’s beach-driving ‘tradition’

The story is any parent’s nightmare and yet all too common in Volusia County, one of the few places that invites motorists to drive cars on the same beaches where families relax and children frolic.

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Earth already in midst of sixth mass extinction, scientists say – video report

The scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has reported that the Earth is already in the stages of the sixth mass extinction, which will see the world’s wildlife and plants die out. The research found that species, including those which are not endangered, had reduced in number due to habitation shrinkage, hunting, pollution and climate change

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Seven right whales found dead in ‘devastating’ blow to endangered animal

Seven North Atlantic right whales have been found floating lifelessly in the Gulf of St Lawrence, off Canada, in recent weeks, in what is being described as a “catastrophic” blow to one of the world’s most endangered whales.

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A Call for a Hippocratic Oath on Protecting the World’s Oceans

An international group of marine conservation experts called for the creation of a code of conduct called a Hippocratic Oath for marine conservation, to ensure that the rights of local people are not trampled as the number of marine protected areas grows worldwide.

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Feeling the Heat: How Fish Are Migrating from Warming Waters

Steadily rising ocean temperatures are forcing fish to abandon their historic territories and move to cooler waters. The result is that fishermen’s livelihoods are being disrupted…

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UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life

The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans, June 9th, wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.

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Gabon Sets Plan for Africa’s Largest Marine Reserve

The African nation of Gabon has announced the creation of the continent’s largest network of marine protected areas, covering 20,500 square miles.

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What caused the most toxic algal bloom ever observed in Monterey Bay?

In spring 2015, the West Coast of North America experienced one of the most toxic algal blooms on record. A new article shows that, at least in Monterey Bay, this bloom became particularly toxic because of an unusually low ratio of silicate to nitrate in the waters of the bay.

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Business View: ‘No Good Reason For Drilling’

Every aspect of offshore drilling, from exploration to transporting the product from the drilling site, has implications for marine life and coastal communities.

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