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.


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Mass stranding of pilot whales both on Us and Uk’s Beaches

More than 20 whales are thought to have died after becoming stranded off the coast of Fife, Scotland, while on the other side of the Atlantic, more than 20 pilot whales came ashore on a South Florida beach…

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Peru Seizes 16,000 Dried Seahorses Headed to Asia

Police in Peru have seized more than 16,000 dried seahorses which were to be exported illegally to Asian countries.

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Scientists Explore Changing Arctic Ocean

Scientists are setting sail on August 25 to study ocean acidification in the Arctic and what this means for the future survival of marine and terrestrial organisms. The Arctic Ocean is one of the most vulnerable places on the planet for acidification, yet it is the least-explored ocean.

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Close to Shore, Humpbacks Are Far From Safe

With the help of new technology, researchers are capturing the details of humpback whale behavior on their North Atlantic feeding grounds.

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Brazil’s Atlantic coastal forests lose key species

Mammal extinctions in Brazil’s Atlantic forests are occurring at least twice as fast as estimates suggested, according to the latest survey of the region.

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Oceans Suffering From Sea Sickness: Ocean Health Index Unveiled

Humans undoubtedly have substantial negative impacts on the ocean, and index scores are negatively correlated with coastal human population.

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Réunion Island Revokes Order to Hunt Sharks, Yet Controversy Arises

The mayor of a town on Réunion Island has been forced to withdraw decision to pay fishermen to hunt and kill sharks because it contravenes French conservation law.

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Emerging Trends in Land-Use conflicts in Cameroon

In 2011, WWF produced a map of the protected areas of Cameroon at the request of the government. Simultaneously, observations had been made by conservation groups that mining permits were being granted inside of Cameroon’s protected areas…

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Rock Drilling ‘Threatens’ Scotland’s Geology

Irresponsible drilling of holes into rocks to extract samples threaten to “annihilate” geological features in Scotland, with the general public experiencing defaced outcrop in every setting imaginable – remote beaches and islands, mountain tops, and, lamentably, classic geological sections within statutory protected areas.

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