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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Seagrasses Can Store as Much Carbon as Forests

Seagrasses are a vital part of the solution to climate change and, per unit area, seagrass meadows can store up to twice as much carbon as the world’s temperate and tropical forests.

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Study Links Biodiversity and Language Loss

As the world grows less biologically diverse, it is becoming less linguistically and culturally diverse as well…

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Navy study: Sonar, Blasts Might Hurt More Sea Life

The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California under a more thorough analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies.

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Herd’s Fate Lies in Preservation Clash

Come summer, the beaches of this barrier island will be choked with cars and sunbathers, but in the off-season the land is left to wild horses.

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Update from Senegal: Changing Things and Shaping the Future

The Senegalese government cancelled all fishing permits for foreign“pelagic trawlers,” large fishing vessels that drag nets below the surface of the ocean. This should remind leaders that with political will and courage, they can change things and shape the future of their people for the better.

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Peru issues public health alert over pelican and dolphin deaths

The government of Peru has warned people to stay off beaches along large stretches of its northern coastline as it investigates the mysterious deaths of hundreds of dolphins and seabirds.

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Norway whalers take first whales of hunting season: official

Norwegian whale hunters have harpooned the first three whales of the year, off Bear Island, nearly a month after the controversial hunting season began.

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Peru Examines Deaths of More Than 500 Pelicans

The government of Peru is investigating the mysterious deaths of more than 500 pelicans found along a 70km (40-mile) stretch of the country’s northern coast.

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St. Maarten: Paradise in Peril

Sint Maarten is at the crucial point of destroying the last of what draws crowds of dollar-touting tourists to this once-pristine Caribbean island.

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