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Posted on October 15, 2018 - 3:56pm, by raye

Dornoch Firth: Extinct oyster reefs restoration starts

The endangered European oyster is trying to make its way home. This is not the doing of researchers or scientists, but was kick started by the Glenmorangie Distillery which sits above the Dornoch Firth. Dornoch Firth historically was home to a large European oyster reef that has since been farmed away. The owners of Glenmorangie Distillery hope to replant this reef to use as a natural filter that will help to clear any discharge created through the distilling process. (via bbc)

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By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM. Email: tundiagardy [at] earthlink.net

I’m of two minds about restoration. On one hand, I’m amazed and encouraged by the advancements made in fixing some of the damage we’ve done to marine habitats such as salt marshes, seagrasses, mangroves, and coral and shellfish reefs. New technologies and knowledge are creating possibilities we could only dream of in the past. On the other hand, I worry about our hubris, and whether we are really fixing the damage done, or just creating the illusion that we can successfully reconstruct healthy, functioning ecosystems. And I worry that, if this illusion is accompanied by the deception that restoring ecosystems is easy, we pave the way for wholesale pillaging of the earth.

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By Robert Orth, Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia. Email: jjorth [at] vims.edu

The system of barrier islands, coastal bays, and salt marshes along the Atlantic coast of Virginia’s portion of the Delmarva Peninsula represent some of the most natural, unspoiled coastal habitat along the US East Coast. Historically, finfish and shellfish resources in this region supported large fisheries. However, during the 1930s, this region underwent a dramatic ecological shift.

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Posted on October 9, 2018 - 9:36am, by raye

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

For a place like New York City having a storm surge barrier is incredibly important. That is why local NYC teacher, Pete Malinowski, started the “Billion Oyster Project” in 2008. Oysters act as a natural stormbreaker and could help protect the city from major storm events. Bringing in government officials, restaurants, local volunteers and now including over 80 different middle and high schools in the city area, the project has so far planted over 28 million oysters, well on their way to the billion oyster mark. (via NPR)

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PRESS RELEASE                             

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018            

                                                                        - For Immediate Release

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands – Fisheries, Marine and Conservation Officers from Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) complete a law enforcement training workshop.

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Posted on October 1, 2018 - 12:45pm, by raye

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

The IPCC, otherwise known as the intergovernmental panel on climate change, duties include informing governments on climate change statistics and introducing global plans to limit more dire results. Their main concern, currently, is atmospheric warming. The panel goal is to contain warming to at most 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The outlook for reaching this goal is slim. The planet has already warmed 1 degree Celsius, leaving only .5 degrees left of this goal. In the newest report by the IPCC, the council pushes for change through the “Talanoa Dialogue,” where the countries under the Paris agreement now must discuss where and how they veered from their original goals in 2015 and how they must act now to ensure the 1.5 degree goal is reached. (via The Washington Post)

MPA News

Most of the world’s MPAs are partially protected: they restrict some extractive activities but allow others. For planners and decision-makers – especially in regions where extractive resource use is high – partially protected MPAs can be easier to designate than no-take areas. The partial protection indicates to resource users that socioeconomic and conservation objectives have been balanced.

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