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The world’s beaches are being mined for sand for a variety of uses (aggregate in concrete, fill, beach renourishment). The practice is often very destructive and poorly managed (or unmanaged). This is a global phenomenon (Morocco, Caribbean Islands, India, South Africa and more). This theft of beach and dune sand is a direct cause of erosion along many shorelines. It is very damaging to the beach fauna and flora, ruinous to beach aesthetics, and frequently causes environmental damage to other coastal ecosystems associated with the beach such as wetlands.

Another major impact of beach sand mining is the loss of protection from storms surges associated with tropical cyclones and tsunamis. Some communities affected by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean had higher storm surges probably due to beach sand mining resulting in fatalities. Sometimes it is difficult to tell that a beach has been mined. Sand extraction becomes difficult to recognize as the beach readjusts to a new profile after a few storms. But historic accounts of beaches in the Caribbean often reveal that beaches have been narrowed considerably. Mining is particularly senseless in a time of rising sea level when sand is sorely needed as a storm energy buffer.

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Sand Being Hauled Aways from the Cagayan Beaches in the Philippines, Shipped off to China

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At least 2.5 million metric tons of the country’s magnetite were shipped to China from almost five years of controversy-ridden blacksand mining operations in the province of Cagayan, government records showed.

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Documentary ‘Sand Wars’ Highlights Local, Global Sand Crises

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
19

The environmental documentary ‘Sand Wars’ was shown at The Center for Ocean Health in Santa Cruz on Thursday, preceded by a presentation by UCSC professor Gary Griggs. As Gary Griggs and “Sand Wars” demonstrate, sand has become a valuable resource worldwide due in large part to continuous construction.

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Suspended Sediment Makes it Harder for Fish to Breathe

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Researchers have discovered that suspended sediment damages fish gills and can increase the rate of disease in fish. Suspended sediments result from flood plumes, coastal agricultural and industrial development and from dredging operations and are increasing in coastal waters worldwide.

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Former Liberia Minister Ponders Lawsuit Over Buchanan Ongoing Beach Sand Mining

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
15

The ongoing beach sand mining in Buchanan communities seem to be undermining government’s and her partners collective efforts to prevent reoccurrence of the devastation of sea erosion in Buchanan City. “On a daily basis, trucks are seen hauling sand from the beach… this is scary and environmentally dangerous.”

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The Ecological Effects of Beach Sand Mining in Ghana Using Ghost Crabs as Biological Indicators

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Sandy beaches are habitat to many invertebrate biodiversity and threatened vertebrate species. However, extraction of sand is widespread along many developing nations’ beaches destroying the ecosystem services the area provides.

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Great Barrier Reef: UNESCO Recommends World Heritage Site Not be Placed on ‘In Danger’ List

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World’s largest coral reef to remain on UN’s watchlist as draft ruling calls on Australia to ‘rigorously’ implement its conservation commitments. Environmental groups consider the reef – regardless of the Unesco ruling in June – technically in danger.

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U.S. Hopes Chinese Island-Building Will Spur Asian Response

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Washington hopes Southeast Asian nations to take a more united stance against China’s rapid acceleration this year of construction on disputed reefs.

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Lough Neagh Unauthorized Sand-Dredging, Ireland

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News, Sand Mining
May
27

The Department of the Environment will confirm how it intends to deal with the controversial issue of sand dredging in Lough Neagh in the next few days. Sand has been removed from the lough since the 1930s, and is used to supply the construction industry.

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Showing no Signs of Giving Ground, China and US Remain at Odds over South China Sea Projects

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News, Sand Mining
May
18

The U.S. and most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations want a halt to the projects, which they suspect are aimed at building islands and other land features over which China can claim sovereignty. U.S. officials say China has reclaimed about 2,000 acres of dry land since 2014.

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    Sand Being Hauled Aways from the Cagayan Beaches in the Philippines, Shipped off to China

    sand-mining

    June 20th, 2015

    At least 2.5 million metric tons of the country’s magnetite were shipped to China from almost five years of controversy-ridden blacksand mining operations in the province of Cagayan, government records showed.

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    Documentary ‘Sand Wars’ Highlights Local, Global Sand Crises

    beach-sand-mining

    June 19th, 2015

    The environmental documentary ‘Sand Wars’ was shown at The Center for Ocean Health in Santa Cruz on Thursday, preceded by a presentation by UCSC professor Gary Griggs. As Gary Griggs and “Sand Wars” demonstrate, sand has become a valuable resource worldwide due in large part to continuous construction.

    Read More

    Suspended Sediment Makes it Harder for Fish to Breathe

    disturbed-waters-dd

    June 17th, 2015

    Researchers have discovered that suspended sediment damages fish gills and can increase the rate of disease in fish. Suspended sediments result from flood plumes, coastal agricultural and industrial development and from dredging operations and are increasing in coastal waters worldwide.

    Read More

    Former Liberia Minister Ponders Lawsuit Over Buchanan Ongoing Beach Sand Mining

    sand-mining-coastal-care

    June 15th, 2015

    The ongoing beach sand mining in Buchanan communities seem to be undermining government’s and her partners collective efforts to prevent reoccurrence of the devastation of sea erosion in Buchanan City. “On a daily basis, trucks are seen hauling sand from the beach… this is scary and environmentally dangerous.”

    Read More

    The Ecological Effects of Beach Sand Mining in Ghana Using Ghost Crabs as Biological Indicators

    ghana-kita

    May 29th, 2015

    Sandy beaches are habitat to many invertebrate biodiversity and threatened vertebrate species. However, extraction of sand is widespread along many developing nations’ beaches destroying the ecosystem services the area provides.

    Read More

    Great Barrier Reef: UNESCO Recommends World Heritage Site Not be Placed on ‘In Danger’ List

    heart-great-barrier-reef

    May 29th, 2015

    World’s largest coral reef to remain on UN’s watchlist as draft ruling calls on Australia to ‘rigorously’ implement its conservation commitments. Environmental groups consider the reef – regardless of the Unesco ruling in June – technically in danger.

    Read More

    U.S. Hopes Chinese Island-Building Will Spur Asian Response

    land-reclamation-hong-kong

    May 28th, 2015

    Washington hopes Southeast Asian nations to take a more united stance against China’s rapid acceleration this year of construction on disputed reefs.

    Read More

    Lough Neagh Unauthorized Sand-Dredging, Ireland

    sand-mining-ireland

    May 27th, 2015

    The Department of the Environment will confirm how it intends to deal with the controversial issue of sand dredging in Lough Neagh in the next few days. Sand has been removed from the lough since the 1930s, and is used to supply the construction industry.

    Read More

    Showing no Signs of Giving Ground, China and US Remain at Odds over South China Sea Projects

    sand-barges

    May 18th, 2015

    The U.S. and most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations want a halt to the projects, which they suspect are aimed at building islands and other land features over which China can claim sovereignty. U.S. officials say China has reclaimed about 2,000 acres of dry land since 2014.

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    BCDC Approves Sand Mining Permit in San Francisco Bay

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    April 23rd, 2015

    San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) unanimously approved a 10-year mining permit for sand removal from San Francisco Bay, and from two other areas near Suisun. The amount of sand the permit requests is 15 times greater than the annual amount of sand that comes into the bay from the delta.

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