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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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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Millions Of Dead Herring Wash Ashore In Iceland

Thousands of tonnes of dead herring have been discovered washed ashore in west Iceland. The building of a local bridge and the nearby location of a landfill are the suspected causes of the deaths.

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Euro MPs Back Large-Scale Fishing Reform

The European Parliament has voted for sweeping reforms of the controversial EU Common Fisheries Policy. The package includes measures to protect endangered stocks and end discards.

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Tortugas Marine Reserve Yields More, Larger Fish

A new NOAA research report finds that both fish populations and commercial and recreational anglers have benefited from “no-take” protections in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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Pollution causes burning to seabirds, UK

Several hundred marine birds including guillemots and razorbills have been found dead along the south coast from Cornwall to Sussex, covered in an unknown oily substance that has been dumped at sea.

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900 Dolphins Slaughtered in Conservation Dispute, Solomon Islands

Villagers in the Solomon Islands have slaughtered up to 900 dolphins in the course of a dispute with a conservation group, Earth Island Institute.

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Rare Shorebirds Threatened By Trapping in China

Endangered spoon-billed sandpipers arriving at their wintering grounds in China are being threatened by nets designed to trap shorebirds.

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In The Footsteps Of Darwin

When visiting the confined paradise of the Galápagos, you feel highly toxic being human, far more so than when you read about climate change. Unlike the issue of global warming, there’s no debate: the cause-and-effect cycle is relatively short and very visible…

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