Tag Archives: Coastal Issues

Dramatic Video Shows How Sneaky Sneaker Waves Can Be

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Sneaker Waves are deadly, larger-than-average swells that suddenly surge far up the beach following long periods of quiet surf and smaller waves. Along much of the West Coast, these waves can pull beachgoers into frigid, rushing currents, killing more people than all weather hazards combined. Before getting too close to the ocean, check for at least 15 minutes to see how far the waves reach. NOAA


The destructive power of sneaker waves was on full display this past weekend, with a near miss at Moonstone Beach in Trinidad and a heartbreaking tragedy in Oregon, where two children — one of whom died while the other is missing — were swept off of a beach with their father, who survived…

Read Full Article; Northcoast Journal (01-13-2020)

Dangerous waves; NOAA (08-14-2018)

California is suing a Silicon Valley billionaire for blocking public access to a beach

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


For nearly a century, people flocked to Martin’s Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand just south of Half Moon Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Then in 2008, Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla, through two limited liability companies, bought two large pieces of land next to the popular beach, which happened to contain the only viable public path to the shore.

For more than a decade, Khosla has fought numerous legal battles to keep the public off the beach

Read Full Article; CNN (01-08-2020)

Surfers Win Back California’s Martin’s Beach; Huffington Green (10-29-2014)

Why you should go to the world’s least-visited countries

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


As a glut of anxious headlines document overtourism, it’s easy to think that the planet is simply full.

But stray from the well-worn tourist trails, and you’ll discover another travel story entirely. In much of the world, there are places that are eager to welcome tourists — and when practiced sustainably, where tourism can even help alleviate poverty…

Read Full Article; CNN (12-30-2019)

Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism; CNN (06-15-2019)

The Toll of Tourism: Can Southeast Asia Save Its Prized Natural Areas? Yale E360 (04-18-2019)

Chile moves to protect Easter Island by limiting tourism; DW (08-02-2018)
Tourists visiting Chile’s Easter Island will face new restrictions for traveling and staying on the island, Chile authorities have said. The move is aimed at protecting both the natural environment and island heritage.

Colombia’s Tayrona National Natural Park: A Caribbean Coast Gem; By Nelson Rangel-Buitrago & William J. Neal- October 2017
In 2015 and again in 2017 the park was closed for short periods to all except for indigenous groups who live within the park area “for ecological, environmental and spiritual healing” (Colombia Travel Blog, 2017), and the suggestion is made that the Park Management should set a cap on the number of visitors within the park at any given time. The “healing” time is also important to the hundreds of species that call the park home, including at least 56 endangered species. A cap on numbers of visitors may sound draconian, but the park’s mission is to protect the natural ecosystems, rather than becoming just another amusement center…

A storm brought some of the largest waves ever recorded off the California coast last week. One was 75-feet tall

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The bomb cyclone that pounded the West Coast last week brought with it some of the tallest waves ever recorded off the California coast.

A monstrous 75-foot wave was recorded about 20 miles off the coast of Cape Mendocino in northern California, according to the University of California, San Diego’s Coastal Data Information Program…

Read Full Article; CNN (12-06-2019)