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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Increasing Number Of Sea Lion Pups Stranded Along California Coast

An increasing number of California sea lion pups have been stranding along the coast of in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. A California marine mammal center has declared a state of a emergency.

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Historic day for shark protection

Three types of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok.

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US And Russia Unite In Bid To Strengthen Protection For Polar Bear

A fight to protect polar bears from Arctic hunters has led cold war foes the US and Russia to unite against Canada ahead of a key international vote this week.

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Whales Benefit From Action On Ocean Noise

Scientists are working to reduce the noise levels experienced by whales from North Atlantic shipping.

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US East Coast Regions Sensitive to Ocean Acidification

A continental-scale chemical survey in the waters of the eastern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico is helping researchers determine how distinct bodies of water will resist changes in acidity. Coastal ocean acidification occur when excess carbon dioxide is absorbed by, flushed into or generated in coastal waters, setting off a chain of chemical reactions that affects ecosystems.

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Shark Kills Number 100 Million Annually

The most accurate assessment to date of the impact of commercial fishing on sharks suggests around 100 million are being killed each year.

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Migratory Behavior of Oceanic Sharks Revealed

As the nations of the world prepare to vote on measures to restrict international trade in endangered sharks in early March, a team of researchers has found that one of these species, the oceanic whitetip shark, regularly crosses international boundaries.

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Global Ocean Commission: A fight to prevent eco-disaster in oceans

UK former foreign secretary is to lead a new, high-level international effort to end the lawlessness of the oceans, which will be unveiled this week.

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Fishers Fight Over Dwindling Catch, El Salvador

The decline in fish catches threatens the ability of the 128 coastal communities spread along El Salvador’s 320-kilometre-long Pacific coast to feed themselves.

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